would you want to sew when you could be looking at this?
image of Cooper Lake, NY from flickr user BurningQuestion
me, too! which is why i packed my sewing machine with me earlier in august when i ran up to bearsville and woodstock in upstate new york. mostly, i walked near the lake, shopped in the too-cute “downtown” woodstock, went hiking at kaaterskill falls, and sewed. my sewing plans were pretty modest, just small projects to pass the time and have fun with, and i ended up concentrating a fair bit on this one (inspired by tilly and the buttons):
i loved the wide collar, dolman sleeve and wrap-around aspect of the blouse and decided to break up the cutesiness of the floral pattern by using a contrast fabric on the collar and tie. i ultimately left the cuffs off, because too much is too much no matter how great the fabric is. i have decidedly mixed feelings about the end result.
there are a few factors complicating my affection for this pattern.
- the bodice was much, much shorter than i had anticipated.
- the sleeves, even though i shortened them, are still weirder than i had anticipated.
- the ties wrap over the bodice in a sort of unusual way, not as seamlessly as i had anticipated.
- check out that collar!
- the facings went in perfectly!
- the collar went in perfectly!
and here’s where the laziness comes in. this project was one of my labor day stragglers–a mostly-finished bit that was on the pile of bits to clean up over the long holiday weekend. by now, i was tired of it. finished it not up to my usual standards. so even though the collar sewing looks like this:
it’s like staring into the head of a gorgon, isn’t it? *shudder*