Hark! A pretty pastel modified Sorbetto in time for Easter Sunday. The scallops remind me of chocolate eggs. It goes nicely with my enormous pantalones. Could things be any better?
Well, chocolate. Mr Pix and I headed out for crepes today, goodness golly me they were amazing. Happy holidays, kids, and even if you don't do the jesus thing, I hope you ate chocolate today. Praise chocolate.
Mr Pix to me: "If you get chocolate sauce on your new top before we've got photos of it, it will be all your fault and I will have zero sympathy". Me: "WHATEVER I MUST WEAR IT TODAY I CANNOT WAIT". Clearly he had a very good point, the crepes were saucy and the stakes were high. But I am just too pleased with this top. Look at it! Pastel! Purple! Scallops!
So much of this little project fell into realm of "Pix, you ought to know better". I should know better than to do terrible things like not mark my pattern pieces at all, but kill them with insane-crazy-scissor-lady notches that exceed the seam allowance. I should know better than to cut the sleeves AND the body a full two inches shorter than required. I should definitely know better than make two left sleeves - and I could go on! I thought this thing was a wadder every second I worked on it.
It worked out though, I think! I learned a few things, too - facing sleeves is GREAT. I love the finish. I love the weight it gives them. I don't have to worry about my armpits eating them. Awesome.
I went ahead and faced the neck, too, because I was loving the clean edges. I always thought it was more difficult to draft your own facings, because people used the word "draft"! I realised that it's not really like drafting at all! It's just cutting out only a fragment of the pattern piece! So that was a bit of a "duh" moment.
It was also my first time "cheating" on setting in sleeves - sewing them to the armholes flat, before sewing up the garment sides. I can't believe this works? Can someone tell me why all directions don't tell you to do this? Oh, and first time for scallops and my first time making a Sorbetto!
In other awesome news, I finally have my sewing machine! YES. It's taking me awhile to get used to it again, actually! A few times I felt like the project was racing away from me, and I longed for the hand-sewing pace back. Of course, the ability to make a top in two nights as opposed to two weeks is the payoff, but I do think I will sew garments by hand again in the future. It's strange how relaxing I find it!
One more thing to show you - I actually wrote out my modified instructions for myself! I gleaned this idea from someone's blog lately, I wish I could remember whose, so I might give appropriate props. It really made me feel like I had a lifeline when everything was going wrong, so I think I will do this again.
Enough about me, sewists, what about you? Have you had any seemingly disastrous projects become awesome garments? Do you "cheat" on sleeves? Do you love making facings? And most importantly, HOW MUCH chocolate did you eat today?
ETA: I totally forgot to give props to Sew, incidentally and The Sew Weekly for their joint work on the ole' sorbetto sleeve pattern! Couldn't have done it without you, you sewing heroes.