There are, I suppose, a number of reasons I have struggled with my knitting mojo lately. But one of those reasons is this: I’ve got Sewing Mojo going all over the place. I haven’t actually made anything in the last 10 days or so (Dude. I’ve had birthdays to celebrate left and right. Thanks for all the kind wishes for us all!). But before the birthday-induced hiatus, I was banging out projects one after another.
pattern: Built by Wendy, Simplicity 3835, top
fabric: cheapy cotton cherry print from JoAnn
I haven’t mentioned this before, but I am crazy about cherries on anything, and have actually begun to accumulate quite a stash of cherry fabric
verdict: This is the simplest thing I have sewn so far. Elastic neck and sleeves means no facing, no fuss (I don’t know why, but for some reason doing interfacings always stresses me out. I have a complicated relationships with fusible web.) Thanks to some advice I got online – to look at the finished measurements of the pattern, as opposed to judging size by my body measurements – this thing actually fits! I made it two sizes smaller than I have been going with.
The only thing is, when I saw this top in some candid photos and video, I realized that it isn’t exactly flattering. It’s sort of blousy in a sort of chubby-making way. That’s a bummer because:
I had barely gotten the first one hemmed before I cast on, er, um, cut out fabric for a second one. This one actually doesn’t blouse quite as much because the fabric is an eyelet that’s maybe a tiny bit lighter and more sheer. It’s weird – I don’t really wear yellow, but I was drawn to this cheery fabric. Turns out, that when it comes to fabric, I’m buying all kinds of things I don’t usually wear. Like this:
pattern: Simplicity 4023 (an It’s So Easy pattern – and it is)
fabric: cotton fabric, JoAnn
mods: none, but when I make these again I’ll be changing the waist
verdict: mixed. I love the wide legs on these. The waist, though, is not quite right for me. They are low, low riders (like, show-my-tattoo low), and so not what I’m used to wearing. Also, the waist is a drawstring-elastic combo – I wish I’d used more elastic than the pattern calls for. They sort of feel like they are falling down all the time, even when they are not. When I make them again, I’ll use more elastic and lengthen the waist. This is a super-easy, really cute pattern that I think I will be using again and again.