This is due to not having much time to sew and my head being full of work at the moment. But freedom is coming! One of the reasons I started this blog is that I will shortly be taking 6 months long service leave - OH YES!!! How much sewing time will I have then! The countdown is on and if I can survive what at the moment feels like doing 6 months work in advance, freedom will be mine on 1 July.
I did pick up the jacket on Friday but am procrastinating as I have got to fix up something tricky. One corner of the gusset has a small hole where it was clipped but the fabric is fraying. I am also using the excuse that my buckle hasn't yet come from overseas.
Why I know my sewing inspiration has temporarily departed is that I tried a couple of 'quick' projects whilst I avoided the jacket and both were disasters. One was an Anna Sui dress pattern, but as a top - Vogue 1177. I was a bit doubtful about this one as whilst I love Anna Sui patterns, they always look kind of wrong on me.
The first and major problem was my fabric choice - a pale pink crepe de chine. Bad, bad idea - it looks like a bedjacket! Believe me, it looks much nicer on the dressform than in real life - and you can't see how see thru it is in the pic. I am not a frilly, boho kind of chick - and this is definitely a frilly, boho kind of top, particularly in this colour. Totally not me.
The pattern could be really nice on the right person (just not me). I'm not sure if I would make it again, unless as a casual summer top with jeans. It would look better without the bottom band and the tie - they take it over the top frillyness wise. Those could be easily left off and the top merely hemmed. It would need to be lengthened though, as I am short and this top would be too short to hem as is. I can't imagine how short this is as a dress.
This ruffled blouse is nice but I note that it is double layered fabric. Don't know who the designer is but the last Fiesta volume had a couple of tops that had an almost identical shell and structure - must be the same brand. After my difficulty with the previous double layered one (the neck was just wrong), I'll put this on the 'maybe but doubtful' list.