Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ready for summer

pattern: Simplicity 4149
fabric: turqoise-ish batik, 100% cotton, from JoAnn
notions: none
modifications: none, but I am going to go back and add darts to the back waist to give a slightly more fitted look
verdict: Love it. I struggled with the neckline a bit, but overall it was quick and fun, and I'm thrilled with the outcome. It puts me in mind of the Emerald Coast, which is where I'll be in 10 days.

I wanted the batik striping to go vertically (duh), which meant adjusting my pattern-cutting. This was a first for me. I'm a bit of a rule-follower (which might surprise some people who know me in real life) when it comes to: knitting patterns, sewing patterns, and recipes. So to go completely on my own for the cutting made me a tad anxious. I survived, though, and am pleased with the results.

Also new for me:


Bust darts.
They make for such a great fit, especially with something that could otherwise be boxy. Darts, to me, are like magic. They really change everything about the fit of a garment. Let's here it for darts. Woohoo.

Thanks, y'all, for all the haircut love, and Simplicity 4111 love. Y'all make me feel so good.

10 comments:

lyca said...

oooohhh it's pretty!

and hey, i rode by your house today. you weren't there (obviously...unless you were hiding), alas, but it was fun. and it was good practice for me to make so many starts and stops with the new pedals.

Songbird said...

That's a really lovely fabric. You make me wish I knew how to sew.

Janelle said...

You're right, this is perfect for the beach! It looks great. LOL at the Wikipedia entry that calls the Emerald Coast the "Redneck Riviera." That's hilarious. Have a fantastic trip!

Kristen said...

That's really lovely! You're getting better and better!

Meredith said...

Very pretty! I love the colors.

amisha said...

catching up with your posts... so many amazing projects over here! all of the new clothes look lovely... summery and fun and great fit! and i love your new haircut :)

Felicia said...

excellent!

Felicia
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staceyk said...

I love a great tunic! I have bought several the last couple years. I think my sewing is getting better, so time to attempt some stuff for me instead of the boys!

St. Casserole said...

Wow! love the fabric and the style!

laurcat said...

hey stacey! thanks for tagging me. i will have to reenter the blogging world soon enough and try to think of 7 random things about myself (although i don't think my list will be as good as yours). adam and i did have fun celebrating his birthday. :) hope to talk to you soon!