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Sewing has occurred!

2012 November 2
by elizabeth_admin

Yes, my friends, it’s true.  I have sewed.  It’s a wadder, but I have sewed, and that is a good thing.

I have been craving a raglan sleeved peasant top ever since I saw one on one of my new San Diego friends a few weeks ago.  I thought, how hard could it be?  Cue the  dark ominous clouds.  For this top, I chose NL 6807, a pattern with which I have already had one miserable fail under my belt.  This makes it two.  It’s one of those Easy, make it in two hours patterns.  Yeah right.  My hubris is quite bruised today.


Yesterday, my hubris knew no bounds.  I took note of my handwritten admonition on the pattern envelope that the sz 16 was way too large with excessive ease and wisely chose the sz 10 to trace and cut out.  Did I take the time to do an FBA?  Did I take the time to read any of the pattern reviews so kindly added to PatternReview for my sewing edification?  NO.  If I had read any, I would have known that the neckline was dangerously low and wide.  I would have known that I could have gone with my gut and skipped the CB seam altogether and then used my coverstitch to bind the neckline.  I could have saved myself hours of work on a wadder with a very annoying fabric.

Here the problems I encountered:

  1. This knit was a beautiful but thin, slippery, stretchy knit.  It was a PAIN. IN. THE. ASS. to sew.  I had to use tissue paper to sew it on my Featherweight.  My serger didn’t particularly enjoy it either.  The neck binding curled in a highly annoying manner.  It was hard to get a nice even gather on it.
  2. The CB seam was hardly shaped at all and only required for the split at the top of the back for the tie closure WHICH. IS. NOT. NECESSARY.
  3. Should have done an FBA as there is stretching over the apex that is my bust.
  4. There were too many design details IMHO for a simple knit top.  (more on that later)
  5. Hubris

Here is the top in all its unfinished glory.


Am I going to finish it?  No.  Will I try again?  Not sure.  I think I need a palate cleanser first. I do think there is something there in this top.  I think this pattern is salvageable.  The sizing is pretty off.  My measurements put me in the size 16 range, but I know after 5 years of sewing that I am more in the 10-12 sz range provided I make an FBA.  That way the shoulders and neckline fit me.  The neckline on this top needs to be raised I think and with a good binding job, the width can be taken care of adequately.  Once I get the sour taste of this wadder out of my mouth, I might consider making this pattern again, but I will make sure to do the following:

  1. Add the FBA.
  2. Cut the back on the fold.
  3. Use a more amenable knit.
  4. Raise the neckline.
  5. Use my coverstitch to bind the neckline.

But isn’t that knit pretty?  It’s a shame it’s such a pain to work with.  *sigh*

In other sewing news, upon Judi’s recommendation, I moved my thread collection to a more appropriate location in my sewing room.  Apparently, sunlight actually fades thread colors.  Doh!  I don’t know why I didn’t think about that.  It is now properly stored in my built-in cabinet.  See?


Now you can all sleep at night knowing that my thread isn’t being tortured by sunlight.  😉

Move update:

  1. The dead body smell in my closet has abated to acceptable odor levels.  No bodies were found, but apparently their decomposition rate was approximately 3 weeks.  The putrefaction level is nominal.
  2. After 7 visits from AT&T we finally have a land line and wifi in the house.  The cable TV is also functioning.
  3. I seem to have lost my presser foot attachment doodad to my Emerald 183 and it now no longer functional.  So pissed.
  4. Still can’t unpack my stash.  *sigh*

In parting, I leave you with the cutest little trick-or-treater who just so happens to live with me.

12 Responses leave one →
  1. November 2, 2012

    Bummer on the peasant top. Yay on the smell abatement. Gush on the Andy costume!

  2. Kathi Giumentaro permalink
    November 2, 2012

    I too was concerned about your thread. I will sleep well tonight knowing it is in a safe place.
    What an adorable Woody.

  3. November 2, 2012

    oh no! i’m sorry your top didn’t turn out, but thanks for the thread advice. I was just looking at a cute thread holder that hangs on the wall, but figured i could make my own. Now i’ll be leaving them in the drawer where they are, so they don’t fade. I hadn’t considered fading!

  4. November 2, 2012

    So, I made that one a couple of times, and my usual size is the same as yours (10/12 with FBA), but I cut an 8 (yes, I know – in no fantasy land anywhere am I an 8) with NO FBA and it fits fine, with the caveat that I used clear elastic for the gathering and gathered to much shorter lengths then called for on the pattern. That was my cheater way to keep the volume in the chest while simultaneously raising that ridiculous neckline. I too went for a thin drapey knit, which I really think is the way to go for this top. It is already so shapeless that a knit with body will just look boxy, and that is no good for us curvy girls. For your binding, fuse a little tricot interfacing (the thinnest you can find – I use Pam’s ProSheer) to the binding strips. It reduces how much they stretch a little, but for this top it doesn’t really matter. It will tame the curlies and your coverstitch will sew the binding on for you bee-yoo-tifully.

  5. November 2, 2012

    Too bad about the top. I agree that the print is really pretty.

  6. November 2, 2012

    I have a wadder-in-progress. I am going to try to save it, if I can.

  7. November 2, 2012

    The trick or treater is the cutest, and your new home is lovely!

  8. November 4, 2012

    I totally agree with Katie on the knit interfacing. I wrote one of those Pattern Reviews you should have read. However, even though I went back and re-cut my top to a smaller size it has continued to “grow” over the years along with another knit top I made. The only top that is still in good shape is the one I used interfacing in the neckline and on the shoulder seams. Do try that top again, the fabric is great.

  9. November 4, 2012

    Fair warning: possibly stupid question coming. What is FBA? I feel like I should know this !

  10. November 5, 2012

    Bummer about the top, but that print is so pretty.

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