Monday, February 25, 2013

I really don't know why I made this top



I *think* that I like it, but it is entirely impractical considering that most days I spend my time up to my elbows in finger paint and scraping squished banana out from the gaps between the floorboards!

And the fabric is a lovely but delicate vintage rayon, so every time I do wear it I will have to hand wash the darn thing!

But at least I have made a complete garment and it does look pretty in the photos!

Here are the details.


Pattern

McCalls 5388
It’s out of print now but Pattern Plus have it for the bargain price of $3.00!

Sizing
My measurements correspond exactly to McCalls size 14. But knowing that the Big 4 tend to run large, I made up the 12 and I still had to take in the side seams by 3cm! I also had to shorten the length by 8cm before adding the frill, this is one BIG pattern!

Fabric
Vintage rayon spot print fabric that has been languishing in the stash for many a year. It was quite an odd shaped remnant, which is why I chose this pattern to make it up. I was going to use Colette’s Sorbetto top pattern, but thought that the fabric might be too drapey for that style.

Trims
Vintage rayon ric rac from the stash.
Gratuitous pic of the elk necklace I bought for myself for Christmas!

Verdict
As we are coming in to autumn I think that this will be a good layering piece for special occasions. I have retraced the pattern with all of my alterations so the pattern will be good to go anytime in the future. I definitely won’t be making up the puff sleeve version, but the frill could be lengthened to make a nice breezy summer frock, or left off entirely for a more simple, casual look.


Note: the pattern instructions for this top were very convoluted, so I went my own way. If you happen to be making this top check out my Patternreview for a complete rundown on how I put it together.

Friday, February 8, 2013

How do you manage it?

Social media that is. I am having a hard time keeping up with it all, and all I do is blog (obv) and have a facebook account. I don’t tweet, pin, instagram, flickr or whatever else there is out there and still I am feeling a bit overwhelmed.


I love blogging and being part of the online sewing community, and as an introvert (an INTJ personality according to Myers Briggs) I love communicating by the written word. I will always send an email in preference to making a phone call for instance.

But I need to figure out a way of using social media tools more effectively.

I post sporadically, forget to check my comments and get shy about replying to people who take the time to comment or email me, forget to keep up with the comments I post on other blogs and my Reader is areal mess and needs a serious tidy up.
Which blog did you say you wanted to leave a comment on? Oh dear, where HAVE you been. Nobody's commenting there anymore. You really need to pop on over to.......
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Any tips? How do you use social media? Are you online all the time or do you restrict yourself to one timeslot a week? Are you tech savvy or a bit clueless like me?