How is it I end up making something that was not on my radar at all, and the projects that I was excited about a week ago sit in limbo? Must be sewing ADD, I just get easily distracted by all the beautiful things that you ladies in Blog Land are making. Bunny's been working with chiffon, as was Amanda... it was silk with Sommerset, and Angie made a cute short sleeve top. The weather's been gorgeous (70 yesterday, 72 today!) so I set the denim dress aside, and made myself a pretty silky top. (Sorry, the FF/photographer is unavailable, so the dressform shot will have to do!) I first reached for the chiffon, but decided to hold off and use this gorgeous cotton silk from the co-op. The color is so beautiful, and the weight is light without being airy. I picked up this Simplicity pattern a week ago for $1, and figured I could turn it out in a day (with Little Miss Princess at Kindergarten and my son still napping in the afternoon). I was right (mostly), but man did this pattern throw me some curve balls! Here's a better shot of the details of the top.
Here's my detailed review, but to make a long story short, this pattern runs big. I know, you're all shocked that a Simplicity pattern would run big, but I'm telling you, it ran HUGE. Falling off of me, could've stepped into the stinking thing, HUGE. At first I was so mad, because I absolutely loved the fabric and should've known better (make a muslin, you idiot!), but there was no way I would let this be a wadder! I made a few alterations (created a center back seam and took it in 2"), and it's much better now. It's not as amazingly fantistic as I pictured in my head, but I'm sure it will grow on me. (As soon as all of you comment on how amazingly fantastic it is! Just kidding...) I also had to adjust the shoulder elastic and eliminate the side elastic at the waist (I want to tuck it in sometimes), and I'll be adding some bra strap holders, too. I'm not pitching the pattern, I'm going to make a muslin of view D or E for summer in a 14 and see if that will fit properly! Here's the back with the added seam (pretty boring...)
My Spring Break from school is drawing to an end, and I really can't complain. I made 3 pieces, read a book (Janet Evanovich "One for the Money"), went shopping for myself, did some spring cleaning in the kids' rooms, and enjoyed beautiful weather. Now I have to bring myself to grade some papers... yuck! I think the denim dress is intimidating me, and I know there are easier garments that I could do faster. We'll see what develops, I bet another "something shiny" comes along!