I have to admit, I’ve been having a great deal of difficulty getting motivated to sew over the past couple of days. I think part of it is my ongoing frustration with my inability to get my jeans muslin to fit properly– no matter what I do, the front crotch just refuses to work. I’m seriously at the point where I’m so tempted to just deconstruct the relic-from-high-school jeans that still fit and try cutting around them and see if that gets me anywhere. But part of it is the current project that I’ve been doing on the side, too. It’s a somewhat different color scheme for me, which could be part of it….but if I believed in this sort of thing, I’d think that the universe was trying to tell me something. As in, “this shirt sucks.”
I mean, maybe it would be ok as a longer dress, if I was in Little House on the Prarie. Or “Jane Austen Girls Gone Wild”. Or if I was about 15 years younger than I am now. It’s just something about the combination of the print and the style that is completely not working. Not to mention the fit is pretty atrocious, despite my tweaks. Or possibly because of them. (And trust me, it looks much, much better on Donna than it does on me.) So I think I’m going to have to call this one a wadder.
On the plus side, the top and bottom of the bodice did end up in the right places. So at least I was on the right track. And at least I thought to try it on to test the look before I did all of the annoying handwork things.
I might consider trying the pattern again, with some serious tweaking (and perhaps a solid-colored fabric), because it does have a sleeve option that I really like. I don’t want to admit total defeat on this fabric, so I think I’m going to take this one apart, salvage what I can of the material, take that yardish piece that I have left, and see if I can just make a better-fitting tank top. Or at least something that doesn’t make me look like I’m going to party like it’s 1799.
Edit, 6/18: Thanks for all of the feedback so far! I’m going to try taking the sleeves off and tweaking the side seams a bit to see a) if the style/print combo works better without those sleeves and b) if having a closer fit helps the armhole issue. I’ll keep you posted…just have to get a new memory card reader for my computer first, since the USB port completely snapped off at last! (It’s been threatening to do so for awhile now…)