Saturday, March 17, 2012

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig . . .

Home again, home again, jiggety jig!

I set myself some crafting goals for the weekend.  I've got too many unfinished bits and pieces laying around, and it's making me uncomfortable.  So today, I finally finished my muslin for the Lisette Market Blouse - I began it almost a month ago and completed all but the second sleeve and the hem in one afternoon, then set it aside! I didn't feel very inspired to finish it, because the fit isn't what I'd hoped it would be.


Now that it's done, I'm finding the fit isn't as bad as I'd first thought, but it's not super-flattering either.  I cut a straight size 10 with no modifications.  The shoulders are a smidge too wide (and I have wide-ish shoulders to begin with) and although there is some shaping at the sides, the overall effect is rather baggy.  Still, it might look cute with some rolled up jeans and ballet flats, in a farm-girl sort of way.

I dug through my button jar and chose 3 different buttons to complement the colors in the print:


I think part of the reason I'm not 100% satisfied is that I'm not in love with this fabric.  Which is why I chose to use it in a muslin.  I bought it on impulse during the Sorbetto Craze of 2011, but I'm not really sure why.  It reminds me of pajamas;  but I didn't buy enough to make pajamas.

The other thing I'm not happy about with this one is that I rushed through it on Day 1, so there is some uneven stitching.  And then I ran out of thread, so the stitching on the second sleeve and the hem is a different color pink.  I wonder if anyone will notice it other than me.

I will wear this for knocking around the house, but I think if I want to use this pattern again I will have to do some adjustments in the shoulders.  And honestly, I'm not sure if I feel it's worth it . . .

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  1. Hasn't this 'muslin' served it's purpose at any rate. Mostly due to it being made with fabric you relegated as suitable for the 'muslin'.
    That said, it is a cute top to knock around in.
    hugs
    Gerry
    two pink threads ! ! !

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    1. You wouldn't believe how many different spools of pink thread I have around here! I guess I like pink!

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  2. I think it looks good tucked in in the model's photo. It's just one of those baggy designed tops... I think it's either best tucked in or with your idea of some casual jeans :) lol, your muslin looks like a work of art next to my muslins- I cut every corner I can!

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    1. Heh. You'll note I didn't show any of the stitching close up! LOL!

      I think the thing is that I'm just getting over the baggy top look!

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  3. thanks for letting us know about the fit issue, this top was one of the next on my list. So I might check before starting with the real fabric!

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    1. I'm finding these pullover tops to be a little tricky in terms of fitting. My next project will have buttons for sure!

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  4. I like the idea of this blouse being paired with some rolled up boyfriend jeans and converse chucks. Maybe even belted?

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    1. Can you believe I've never owned a pair of chucks in my life? I think I'm the only one!

      I don't think I can belt it - it's actually pretty short, just to the top of my hip bone. It's hard to tell in the picture, without a human inside of it!

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  5. Yes, Evelyn is right - roll up those jeans and you'll be fine! You could always throw some lace at it - not the frilly sort, just some long straight-edged strips either side of the button band?

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    1. So funny! That reminds me of a young guy who works at the fabric store where I shop. Every time I buy fabric, he asks me what I plan to make, and after I tell him, he always suggests I add ruffles or rhinestones! I guess I'm too much of a plain Jane!

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  6. Haha, I just did the same thing-- bought this super cute floral print for a Tiny Pocket Tank, but... it totally looks like pajamas. :( All I have left to do is the neck binding and the pocket, but I'm having the hardest time forcing myself to finish it since it looks like loungewear! Ugh!

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    1. Oh no! Can you toughen it up with some accessories? I'm curious about that pattern, BTW, so I'm interested to see it even if it's not your favorite!

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    2. I'm planning to finish it up this weekend. Maybe I can wear it with a leather cuff or something a little tomboyish. That's a good idea!

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