You know how I was going to work on my crazy Simplicity 2444 this week?
Remember how I said I wasn’t going to do anymore panic sewing?
You silly people–I hope you didn’t believe me!
I have not touched S2444 yet this week. It’s coming. The next time I mention it, I will be finished and then you never have to hear about it again!
I really did mean to get started over the weekend, but I had a lingerie shower to attend on Saturday and it didn’t dawn on me until the previous Sunday that I really ought to make something for it. So, I bought some jersey which didn’t show up until Wednesday night, so I didn’t really get a chance to start until Friday.
I just made her a little cami with a mini-skirt so she can be cute during the day (also, I think it’s creepy to buy lingerie for other people. I don’t really like to be involved in other couples’ sexy times. Maybe that’s just me. . . ). Naturally, I totally forgot to take pictures, but they turned out so adorable that I plan to make a set for me.
Saturday, pre-shower, I worked on some drapes and discovered to my very great chagrin that I had made a terrible measuring error. So, I had to spend all day panicking about that.
Sunday night, I was attending an Oscars party with friends. And I got it into my head that I needed a new something to wear. I tried first to make a quick Burda 7739 out of this white ribbed knit but didn’t have enough. Then I thought I’d use my red flannel that I bought specifically for Burda 7739 instead. But then I started to use my whole brain and realized that I would never have enough time to get it all done.
As I was putting the flannel back in the closet, I saw a little plastic bag containing a yard and a half of rayon challis I’d meant to return to Fabric.com ages ago, but had forgotten about. While I liked the print, I thought it was too neon. And I didn’t have enough to make the blouse I’d intended.
But I did have enough to make a Sorbetto.
Now, I’ve made the Sorbetto before and both times it didn’t really go well–mostly due to inexperience and poor fabric choice. But this time I thought it might just work.
I also decided that I would draft a Peter Pan collar. So, I stayed up until midnight drawing a collar and facings (thanks to this tutorial I found). After work the next morning, I rushed around trying to get the top together.
Let me just go ahead and tell you that like EVERY OTHER panic project I’ve attempted, it did not get done. When will I learn???
But, giving up on it gave me the chance to slow down and do it right. So far, I really, really love this top. Way more than I thought I would.
There are, however, some significant issues to address. . .
First, the collar.
It is too small and I cannot figure out why. I even pulled out my pattern pieces again and checked to see if I had forgotten to add seam allowances or had measured to the wrong place. But, I still don’t understand what went wrong. It wouldn’t bother me so much if the collar were centered over the front pleat (which I added piping to. I probably did this wrong, but whatevs. . . ).
I think, even after all the stitching I’ve already done, I’m going to remove the collar and cut out a new one that is 1/2″-5/8″ longer. It still won’t quite meet in the middle, but that’s okay.
The back collar doesn’t bother me at all.
Also, the top seems to be overall too big.
But, I know that it’s mean to be a loose, swingy sort of top.
So, am I trying to over fit?
I do think it would look nice with some darts in the back because of my sway-backedness. I don’t know that I will attempt that, but since I’m taking the collar apart. . .
But now I’m so glad I didn’t send this back. The colors make me happy. And the blue, if I may say so myself, was a brilliant choice. HURRAY FOR BLUE!!