Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blouse, shirt or top?

Back in January, I posted a list of some crafty goals for this year. One of those goals was to make a piece of clothing, a piece of clothing that I'd actually wear in public. I started off by making this skirt. It was fun, not tooooo terribly difficult, and I thought it turned out quite cute and I actually wore it in public.

That was back in January. It took me until June to give clothing another try. This time, a blouse... er top. What IS the proper term? Whatever it is, I used Simplicity 3504.
I had some Amy Butler fabrics that I bought out of the bargain bin on my one and only trip to Hancock's of Paducah. Because they were purchased from the bargain bin, I was guessing at yardage when I decided there was enough to make this top(blouse, shirt, whatever). My all day garment sewing experience went a little something like this.

Previous Night. Go to my parent's house so my mother can help me because I know I will be on the phone w/her all day in addition to throwing things, huffing and puffing and most likely cursing my sewing machine if I don't.

begin laying out the pattern pieces so they can be cut out.

realize I don't have enough fabric even though I read the pattern package numerous times. sheesh.


Mom figures out a way to shorten the shirt and re-do the sleeves so that I will have enough fabric. I wanted flippy butterfly sleeves and I got sausage-arm-puff-sleeves w/a straight hem at the bottom instead. But I can live with it.

the following morning. Sew the shirt. OK, we did take TV, food and shopping breaks between sewing times. A fair amount of hours were spent cutting, sewing, seam ripping, bias tape applying/removing, Mom taking up the back seams after I had the whole thing together because despite my thinking I was a size 20 when it comes to sewing patterns, I'm not. Yeah, she tried to tell me, but I am hard headed, y'all.

The next day, once I was home, I decided to add elastic to the bottom of the sausage-arm-puff-sleeves which really enhanced the sausage-arm effect. I was totally going for sausage arms. Totally.

Although it took a while, I completed what I think is a nice first try at a blouse that was NOT one of those "easy/2hour/for dummies" patterns. Of course I learned some lessons along the way...
  1. Mom knows best.
  2. Listen to Clinton and Stacey about designs that go around your body. This I realized after seeing myself side view in the mirror in this shirt and then again on seeing the photo. Yikes! Still, I HAD to use this gorgeous fabric and therefore wasn't remotely thinking about how it would look on me at the time.
  3. READ and RE-READ the fabric requirements and make sure you have enough fabric before you begin.
  4. Take measurements and follow them instead of guessing at your size.
  5. A shopping break makes everything better.
Here's my finished shirt/top/blouse. I've worn it in public. Twice!


Patty said...

Why, you look exactly like Blair Warner! It's a really cute shirt, Kellie. If I had your mom, I'd just have her sew it for me. And, shut up about thinking you're a size 20. I can tell from your pictures you are nowhere near that. Bonus points for mentiong Stacy & Clinton.

Scott and Jackie Newman said...

SSSOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! I'm way impressed. P.S...we have to talk today!!! When will you be home?

val said...

Love the the post ABOUT making the top....too funny!

I made my first top last week too but mine wasn't fancy.

BTW, I don't see any sausages.......

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

I love the creamcicle colors!

Domestic Chicky said...

I love it! It looks great!

Anonymous said...

Seriously cute. And you have the BEST eye for color...I dig it, chicky!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I've missed some of your posts. I LOVE you new "wear in public - twice" shirt. Love the colours and so glad you finally worked it all out. xx