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!
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Don't forget my contest! I'm still looking for ideas for book page Christmas tree ornaments!
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Now, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to procrastinating...

4 comments:

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.

Cheers,
poet

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.

Thanks!

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.