But when Lisa posted her recent Hemlock the other day, I got inspired to dig it back out and finish it. I'd realized in the intervening time period that my coverstitch problem was due to having one needle on a double thickness and one needle on a single thickness of fabric. I'd already pressed my seam allowances back 3/8" with fusible web, so I decided to do the hems closer to the edge so that both needles were going through 2 layers of fabric. It took me until the fourth and final hem to get something that looked good, but I just wanted to finish the top and get on with things, so I didn't undo.
|sleeve hem - too close to the edge|
|front hem - better|
For this Hemlock, I narrowed the sleeve at the cuff. Since it's been so long since I cut out this top, I don't remember exactly how much I narrowed it, but I think I took off about 5/8" on each side and tapered the side seam up to where it starts to curve out for the underarm. Now the sleeves will stay up if I push them up.
The fabric is a taupe background printed with a black lace pattern:
|with a funky necklace I ended up not wearing|
|I like the fake flocked lace edges in the print|
Hubby really liked this one, and I wore it yesterday for a day of visiting a guitar shop and then dinner at a friend's house. I took the above pictures in the morning, thinking I'd get pictures of me wearing it later in the day. By the time I remembered, it was after dinner and a couple drinks; Hubby was totally cracking me up as he snapped a couple shots:
But at least you can see how the narrower sleeve fits! And don't ask me how I did it, but somehow the stripes on the sleeves match those on the body when my arms are down! A fluke!
Our friend has two beautiful Siamese cats who I thoroughly enjoyed playing with. Here's LC:
|She's very shy and reserved.|
And here's Oliver, who decided he really liked my Infinity Scarf:
|Awwww! Snuggle kitty!|
That's going to be it for sewing for me for a bit. I'm going to go visit my mom for a week (Yay!) so I'll just be taking some knitting along. And chances are she and I will be having so much fun together, I won't even be doing much of that!