Monday, May 10, 2010

Weekend Sewing!

Happy (belated) Mother's Day to all the mommies out there. I actually got to sew this weekend! I finished this McCall's 5640 this morning and I'm wearing it today. It is quite comfortable if not a little Muu-muu-esque. Seriously, the ease in this puppy is redonkulous. According to my full bust measurement I should have made a 26 but it has, get this, 19" of ease. 19"!! I opted to go the route of using my upper bust measurement and the finished garment measurements to choose my size and with that I made the 18. It fits pretty good but the neckline is still a bit wide. Can you imagine if I had made the 26?! It would have been falling off my shoulders!! Good grief! There is one problem that my 5 year old son so lovingly pointed out while I was bent over in front of him, helping him into his shoes. He said, "Mom, I can see your bra...". Thanks, babe. So, it does gap open when I'm bending over. I may need to think about wearing a cami underneath.

Anyhoo, I made view "C" which is the top. I didn't have enough of this fabric to make the dress and I was really afraid a dress would have looked exactly like a Muu-muu anyway. I used a medium-weight quilting cotton that I bought last year, I think from Hobby Lobby? Maybe...? I dunno. It's a pretty aqua with vine-y swirls in cream and a dark purple/wine color.
The neckband is in a coordinating fabric:
I didn't even use interfacing like it says...'cause I'm out. I think it'll be okay though. The fabric is thick enough (I'm hoping). I'll be doing up a review for Pattern Review since I had the sizing issue and all. I thought it might be helpful to warn others about the insanity.

Up next on the chopping block is Butterick 5195. It's another one that I've read has an insane amount of ease so I'll be doing the same thing I did with this last top. I'm wanting to make view "A" but the drawing on the front is quite misleading. It shows a woman with sleeves that hit her above the elbow but the photo of the woman wearing view "B" (which is the same but lengthened into a dress) shows a more 3/4 length. What's wrong with these crazy illustrators? I'll be making a sort of morph between views "A" and "C". I'm still deciding on what fabric I'm going to use. I have some that I bought at the thrift store but I'm afraid it might look too much like lingerie so I may rethink it! I'll post more soon!

Happy Monday!

11 comments:

Andrea said...

Your top is very cute! I LOVE the fabric!

Debbie Cook said...

I thought the neckline was embellished until I saw the close-up of the fabric. Cool! Those 2 prints work well, and I have a serious weakness for brown and aqua. I could live in that type of top all summer.

Millie said...

Lovely fabric! The top looks like a good fit...when you're not bending over!...kids, huh...they say nice things!
I look forward to seeing the Butterick top when it's made. What a pity that they can't make the sizes more accurate, and the drawings too!
Happy monday to you too!

K.Line said...

Love the neck! And I do think it's a bit big - though an excellent shape. Next time, just cut it one size smaller.

Heather said...

Thanks everyone!

Angela said...

Cute top! I love the print!

Nancy said...

The fabric is awfully cute!

beangirl said...

The Big One told me about four times last week "Mom, I can see your ribs!" to which I finally in exasperation replied, "Honey, NO one can see my ribs." Then I figured out that she got the word "rib" and "bra" mixed up somehow. Gosh. Thanks.

Sorry, but a size 26 is making me GIGGLE at the thought. Talk about a mumu. Good thing you're smart, this ended up being very cute.

Jos said...

Cute top and just make yourslef a matching bra to go with it :-)

angie.a said...

How did I mis this?? It's so cute! I have that plum fabric in my stash!!

Kelly Howell said...

I am almost finished making this pattern in a size 28....OMG, It is HUGE.....you could fit 3 of me in it!!!!!! but it will be great for around the house.

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