Saturday, June 02, 2007

Not too pleased

Well, I've been working on this top for my swap, and I'm not too pleased. I love the fabric (silk twill), and now that I've lowered the armholes, the fit is good. The problem is the hem. I should not have chosen this type of hem with a stripe - especially of such slippery fabric. The striped would not line up, and them when I got them to, it seems that the fabric is stretched and lies funny. It also is not very flattering. I think I will have to take off the "skirt" and do something else. The top will be shorter than I want it, but I'm not sure what else would look good. Maybe a ruffle of the same fabric (short) or some black lace or ??? I still need to do the buttonholes. And darn it if the timing did not go out on my machine again! Always on the weekend - I'll have to wait until Monday to take it back in again.

I'm also plugging along on the bustier. I spent a couple of hours this morning feather stitching all the seam allowances on the outer fabric and then hand basting the piping onto the foundation piece. Next I will attach the waist stay and the boning. I have things I need to do today, so I probably won't get as much done as I'd like before tonights chat. Plus, I still have a headache - day 3.


Alex said...

I've been following your swap for a little while, and have been enjoying seeing it all come along. I think your right about the hem looking a little off. The sleeves are really cute, but perhaps you could use some of your what fabric you used for your dress suit, or find some coordinating green silk twill (without the stripes) and use that for the sleeves and hem. If that doesn't seem to work you could perhaps do a straight hem rather than something ruffled. I think it's the ruffles that make it look distorted.

Anonymous said...

I know the feeling of a project that just "isn't working right"..I agree about leaving the ruffle off...maybe add side vents ..the sleeve ruffle gives the blouse a nice look and might be all you need.
I love your looks great!
Hope you feel better soon..

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Unknown said...

Sorry. I had a typo.

Have you thought about cutting the bottom ruffle on the bias? It would alleviate the stripe problem and make it smoother. You could cut it so it was at the same angle as the collar and gather it just enough to make the stripes line up.