The blouse is finished... sort of. It has no buttons. When I tried it on to confirm the button placement, it fit BEAUTIFULLY through the waist and hips, nicely over the bust, and horribly through the underarm and shoulders. Raglan sleeves are not for me. The collar is lovely. It is - however - too wide for me. As we determined with the skirt, I seem to both look and feel better in clothing that is closer to the body.
When I told my son that I'd sewn three garments in a row that didn't work out he said, That sucks. You've really hit rock bottom now Mom. Not only are you allergic to the fabric, you can't sew anything either. Yes... well... hmm... so this is what rock bottom looks like in a sewist's life - LOL. He then said there's no where to go but up and to get back on my "horse".
I sent a picture to Caroline and she replied with I LOVE THAT ! ! ! ! can you send it to me so it's on its way up north... to my friend... who looked better in the other two (of the three wadders) as well. This is NOT a good trend. It is not my intent to sew for Caroline. I'd prefer to sew for me. LOL - I sent the Vogue 1333 skirt too!
HOWEVER... in case you think it was all bad... I did get a few pictures of happy "events". You'll have to trust me on this. It's a bit like an infomercial. This is the edge of the sleeve cuff before hammering. It measured 3/8".
And this is the edge after hammering (with a press cloth over top). It measures 1/4". I know it looks like I'm holding it down but I'm not. I'm just trying to figure out how to hold the measurement tape and the camera and get the angle.
AND... this is the inside of the sleeve. It gives me a huge sense of satisfaction to see neat, well pressed seams. The cuff was hand stitched in place and then top stitched. I know some people would have skipped the hand stitching. I can't do that. I want the edges to line up and lay flat.
SO... of the six patterns I pulled to experiment with one was a success, three looked better on my friend, and there are two left to sew - Sandra Betzina's V1297 dress above and Lynn Mizono's OOP V1113 coat below. Lynn's coat is a long shot. I'm pushing the edges on that one. Sandra's dress has a fighting chance of looking good on me and since...
... we're going to a wedding in a few weeks and I'm not sure what I'm wearing yet and I could really use a success right now, I'll try it next. My "horse" is a dress ! ! ! I'm not sure what fabric I'll use yet. First, I'll trace the pattern and figure out how to add the sleeves from my T & T t-shirt. More later.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - I am rarely a quitter. This is good. I am grateful for perseverance - or stubbornness - whichever you prefer to call it.