Sunday, November 14, 2010

Top Honors

And the award for biggest procrastinator goes to: Darling Petunia! I've had only to sew the buttons onto this blouse for let's see...oh, about fifty days. I think I thought about it every single one of those fifty days, too, but I just never picked up the needle. So I wasted all that time on "I should" when I could have just sat down for five minutes and crossed it off my list. Ah, perspective!

So, because it's been so long, this is Simplicity 2365, view B. It represents a deliberate choice on my part to a) sew more tops and b) sew something more complicated. Back in September when I started it, I thought it would be a nice transitional top. Lightweight and cool for those lingering Indian Summer days, but a good color for heading into Fall. And it would have been...if I hadn't procrastinated. Now I'm forced to wear it layered, which isn't my favorite, but I'm so excited to show it off, I hope you'll humor me by focusing on the shirt instead of the dubious styling!

The details on this shirt take a little more time, but they are worth it! This is the first time I've sewn pintucks, and they are not perfect, but it was fun seeing how they took shape. I did decide to use the antique buttons on the front, and I am SO happy with how they look. The sleeves are also detailed with cuffs and button tabs, which adds to the construction time, but really give it a finished look.

Choosing fabrics for tops is always difficult for me. I tend to like wearing solids on top rather than patterns, but I have a hard time finding solids I like. This batik fabric is another piece my friend generously brought back from India for me. I like how the design gives it some interest without it being a pattern. It's also not quite as vivid as it appears in the photos!
Don't forget my contest! I'm still looking for ideas for book page Christmas tree ornaments!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to procrastinating...


poet said...

This is such a beautiful fabric, and the shirt looks really well-made too! I wouldn't have the patience to make a piece with so many details... maybe someday in the future.


Nicole said...

That shirt is beautiful! The fabric and construction are perfect!

call of duty said...

I don't know how you can sit and make this stuff. It's way too tedious for me. Very well made. Too bad today's clothing aren't made this way. You should open a store.


Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

You really should be proud of yourself. You do such great work. I love the blouse. What a beautiful color. You really did a wonderful job, and looking forward to seeing what you create next.