The original pattern calls for a bias cut front and back piece. The bias front looked fine on me but the bias back just pooled and flopped on my narrow upper back and high hip. I tried a center back seam on version two with the bias going down the middle of each piece. Slight improvement but still not nice. The third version worked out just fine. I simply ignored the bias entirely and cut it on the regular straight of grain. Skims my body with no pouching or ripples so I'm satisfied. Once again, this just proves that sewing your own clothes lets you tweak the design and fit for your particular body...and the value of making a mock up.
I did lengthen both pieces two inches and from there it's just a matter of selecting fabric, the neck edge finish technique and desired sleeve length.
I'll put sew some velcro on the shoulder seam because my scoliosis shoulder is very prominent from the back and needs a small shoulder pad to balance me visually.
This is a lightweight brown linen (Fabric Mart, of course) with self-fabric bias beck finish. Some people are annoyed by linen's wrinkles but I don't mind them a bit. I think this one has a simple Eileen Fisher look to it. The front piece has that shaped front that the back does not. I might make a matching back curve on one of the future versions....and then again, I might not.
|Bias organza sewn to right side then pressed|
|inside narrow facing|
|clean front edge but too plain|
|Way too much ruff|
|better neckline lace ratio|
|Final version with lace cuffs|
Before I send this post off to the web, here are a few books I've been reading in the past month. It's nice having this record so I don't have to get that blank deer in the headlight look when friends ask what I've been reading recently.
We'll be discussing this one at our upcoming book group discussion on Monday evening. Took me more than half way through the book to start caring about these characters but I did get interested in their choices and their fates by then. I do think that having a comparison to a modern day Jane Austen brings a heavy burden of expectation and I wish the book jacket hadn't included that comment. It does have the same themes of responsibility versus emotion and the corruption of greed and uber-wealth as in Sense and Sensibility. I look forward to what the others think of it.
This was my lightweight reward for that book group selection. I'm not particularly a Rob Lowe fan but saw a TV interview last year and was very taken with his thoughtfulness and self-deprecating humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Funny, interesting, humble and grateful for his life and success. I take any celebrity's words with a boatload of salt but I was not disappointed in this read.
From quite light, one afternoon read to two books that were beautifully written but difficult emotionally to get through. I heard an interview between Nancy Pearl (Booklust) and Stewart O'Nan and picked up these two. My northen book group had previously read Last Night at the Lobster and these have similar themes of love, loss, disappointment and hurt among working class families.
In closing, to those of you friends, family and lovely readers, if you celebrate Passover or Easter, I hope you are enjoying a good holiday with those you love. I'll be driving further up the Florida coast tomorrow to enjoy a lovely afternoon with my aunt, uncle, cousin and his wife. Now I'm off to make the key lime pie that I'm bringing. Cheers!