Marie Kondo would be so impressed. Her book was found stashed away on a shelf, unearthed while packing for our move, oh the irony! Unfortunately there was no time to read it and action her words of wisdom before the big move, but I swallowed it in 1 gulp while recuperating from the marathon move a week later.
There’s no doubt when you unpack 200+ boxes you come to value the lightness that comes with – say – backpacking. Everything in one place – easy. I disagree with her about some things most things though. Certainly there is something quite unusual about someone who has studied storage since age 5. Though I ask you, how good does it feel to finally toss a failed project? Failure and angst be gone, “hello” shiny new project!
As I was rifling through my wardrobe condemning clothes to the local charity shop, I came across this top – Style Arc’s Suzie’s Sister top (working my way through high school literary devices – today its assonance!). I procrastinated endlessly, of all the things that are hard to let go, this was one of the most difficult. I love the idea of this top. It should have worked, but alas it didn’t and honestly it doesn’t look much like the one’s on Pattern Review either.
I had taken a fitting class at a local fabric shop and this pattern was the unwitting victim. The resulting fit in calico was spot on. It was a teensy tiny remnant, so I decided to use the lace border on the business side and sleeves, while the plain old cotton was relegated to the back. The lace border was judiciously aligned to run along the shirt front and sleeve hems but the back was really missing out on some action. So I created a repeating template for the hem facing and a nice little decal thingummy for the neck facing – clearly in my ‘arabic’ phase. Painstaking work, but the effect is pretty sweet.
So why did this shirt fail? I aligned the lace border perfectly on the horizontal and used the resulting perpendicular as the straight grain. But I’m not convinced that was the right thing to do, the grain became a little bias-y. Perhaps the lace border wasn’t perpendicular to the straight grain? Outcome – the button edge is really very twisted on the bias – aaargh, tough lesson.
Future me will double, nay, triple check bargain basement remnants – why are they in that bin anyway?
And I won’t assume a fabric has perpendicular grainlines. Some sources suggest steaming and making them straight but that sounds like it will end in tears once its washed to me. Anyone have experience with this? Should I have interfaced the front button closure with silk organza perhaps? It may have just held the grainline straight enough to be worn comfortably, though whoosh, there goes the design transparency.
Suzie’s Sister top; so pretty, such a waste! Worthy of another go though.
This blog was recommended by a non sewing friend – such people exist! The writer, originally from SF, now lives in Perth, brilliant observations of life – I am so in awe. Her blog is completely unrelated to sewing but this woman should be writing a book, her observations are just so on point and short. Do yourself a favour – check out Onewomanparty.