Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Beginning

I began my Pussy Bow Blouse today!  Hurray!



It's been a little bit of an ordeal, but today things went smoothly.

I tried to start this blouse a couple weeks ago.  As I began to print the pattern, my ten-year-old printer finally gave up the ghost.  What timing!  That night Hubby ordered me a new one, and a few days later, I had it in hand.  Anxious to print out the pattern, I shoved aside my Luddite tendencies, read through the manual step by step, and set up my new printer all by myself.  I felt quite proud!  I printed out my pattern, but then had to set it aside for a couple days before I had time to assemble it.  And then of course I came down with a bad cold and couldn't think straight enough to tackle it.

Last Saturday I finally had both the time and the energy to do it.  I got out my paper cutter and trimmed all the excess away, then carefully assembled the pieces together and . . . . Hmmmmm.  It didn't look right.  It looked awfully small.

I took a look at the printing instructions again, and yes - I did follow all the instructions.  I went online to look for any kind of clue:  finished measurements, size of the grid, anything.  This pattern is different from others I've used in that it doesn't have a test square, and I couldn't find anything on Pattern Runway's website to help me out.  What to do?

Finally, I sent an email to the designer explaining my dilemma.  I was pleasantly surprised when Sarah got back to me only a few hours later.  She told me that the grid squares should be 1" or 2.5 cm. and that I might have more luck printing from Adobe Reader than from Preview.

Another couple of days later, I had the time to reset my printer preferences and print it out again, and voila!  The correct size!  Yesterday I washed, dried and ironed my fabric and this afternoon I put together pattern #2, cut out the pieces, traced them onto the fabric and cut it out.  With any luck, I can begin sewing tomorrow!

One thing I won't have to do tomorrow is knit on my Still Light dress, because I FINISHED IT THIS MORNING!!  A "photoshoot" is coming up soon!


ETA:  This is SO cool!  I just learned from Karen how to change my settings so that the comments allow replies!

11 comments:

  1. Whoa, you finished the Still Light dress already?!?! You made that in record time!!! Yay!

    Looking forward to seeing the Pussybow Blouse, too! It's such a cute pattern!

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  2. It was weird; the whole time I was thinking, "This is taking forever." And then all of a sudden, I was done!

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  3. I already love it - that print is amazing!
    I had a mini freakout the first time that I used Pattern Runway because of the lack of test square. I think it was Oona who told me to go for it anyways and luckily it worked out. It's nice to know that the grids are 1", though!

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    1. Well, the print is a little over the top, but then again, my middle name IS Garish!

      I do think there should be a test square or at least an explanation of the grid, and maybe she'll change it, but she couldn't have been nicer or more helpful, so I give her credit for that! It's probably a no-brainer for her, but I can be kind of dense sometimes!

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  4. Can't wait to see your Still Light Dress. To me it seems that you finished it in no time.
    The print of your new blouse looks very cute!

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  5. I LOVE your tenaciousness ... and to get to the designer with your query is spot on! Can't wait to see your progress.

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    1. hehehe - I have a thing for tie-neck blouses. I couldn't let this one go!

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  6. So when you reply to me (please!) it will show up in my email box? Or do I have to come back here and read your reply?

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    1. OK, Kristen - trying this again. Ignore the comment below if you haven't seen it! I found your comment in the spam box for some reason! This time I hit reply, so let's see if it ends up in your email box.

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  7. Kristen: For some reason, your comment isn't showing up here, but it came to my gmail box. Weird! Anyway, I don't know if the reply will show up in your inbox, but I would love to know! If you see this, "reply" and then I'll let you know!

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