Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Oopsie saved?

I just loved the way the bodice back was cut on the bias  on Vogue 8962, a recent knit make. The bias cut made it hang in such a pretty way in the back. You can see it here.  I also was getting this vague bridal vibe from my eyelet shirt, a TNT pattern. Throw in a tricky little way to maybe disguise my lack of matching the pattern and I was slashing up the back of the completed bodice of the the eyelet oopsie shirt.


I don't know what made me do this other than I thought it would look pretty and my planets were lining up this afternoon. I cut a triangular godet shape, slashed the back of the shirt from the "wing" area down, much like the knit top, and stitched the godet into the space. I love the effect. I rounded the bottom of the godet with a slight circular curve so it would all hang evenly. I really like the results.


It does somewhat  camouflage the  pattern matching issue, I think,  and that makes me a lot happier and more eager to wear this top. 


The sleeves are completed and ready for installation. The slit area at the bottom will be a turned up cuff. Tomorrow I hope to get the sleeves in and the buttonholes done. That will definitely be a job for old Ken, the buttonhole loving Kenmore that I would be lost without.  There is no way a computerized machine will handle the lumps and bumps of eyelet on the fabric so old Ken to the rescue!
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Piles of clothing sit on my dining room table. I am figuring out what exactly to bring for my week with Claire Shaeffer. The temps are currently running 102-103ยบ daily with "brilliant sunshine." It's a hoot to look at the weather forecast in Palm Springs. Every day for days it is "brilliant sunshine". Works for me. We will be in air conditioned spaces most of the time so all this needs some planning out. I have a couple of holes to fill and then I will pick and choose my seven days of clothing destined for the desert. Sunscreen and sunglasses are packed and my mind is open, ready to absorb everything happening at the class. I am so looking forward to it as well as meeting other passionate sewists. I  will keep you posted.......Bunny


19 comments:

  1. I like what you did with the godet. Great save.

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  2. I've been analyzing my own wardrobe as I am moving to Tucson. Sunglasses are definitely needed, as is Carmex. I am looking at hats and various shrug patterns right now. Have a lovely time at the sewing retreat!

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  3. It's a great looking top Bunny!

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  4. Love your fix to the shirt Bunny! Have a great time with Claire!!

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  5. This will be beautiful. And such a sewing treat to look forward to.

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  6. What a brilliant solution, Bunny..."necessity is the Mother of invention". You not only disguised the little "oops" in the fabric direction but succeeded in dressing up the blouse even more! I ♥ the back!!!

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  7. Hi Bunny,

    Genius as always.
    Have the most fabulous time with Claire. Can't wait to hear all about it.
    Would you please send a hug from me??
    Marysia.xx

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  8. Very pretty and feminine detail. As for the pattern, I would never have thought to match a pattern like this, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Think about what you see in RTW, mismatched plaids and stripes, things that really should be matched. I've even seen mismatched plaids and stripes at Neiman's!!!, for huge prices....and people buy it!!!! Wear this top with great pride. Great Pride!!!

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  9. One last thing :) I've had students who were a little upset because something wasn't perfect, something small and not at all obvious. My comment is this, "if someone is looking that closely, they are too close and need to be slapped!!!" Just a joke of course ;)

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  10. I went to the Claire Shaeffer workshop about two and a half years ago. It is a wonderful experience! While I also worried about my wardrobe, you will be so busy that you will hardly notice what you wear. The classes are inside an air conditioned room, but you will probably have to go out to find your lunch...in the middle of the hottest part of the day.

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    1. That's good to know. Thanks, Lynn.

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  11. Love your save! This will be a great top for the desert, it has built in windows. Have a great time at Claire's, and remember, it's a dry heat! Bring a shrug or two to wear indoors in the A/C. I can't wait to see your jacket, both in progress and finished.

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  12. I live in the Arizona desert and our temps are very similar to Palm Springs. Layers will be your friend. A tank top or sleeveless shell with a light jacket or long sleeved shirt is an example. The AC can be freezing in places but as soon as you hit the sunshine the outer layers will want to fall off. Also, if you'll be working out outside (running, etc.) the morning temps right now are in the mid 60's. Another piece that can be helpful is a light to mid weight scarf or infinity scarf. I keep one in my purse at all times for the times when I forget to have a jacket with me.

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  13. Cool cool blouse solution!!!! You lucky girl sewing in the desert! But we are the lucky ones once you get home and share photos from your classes...yippee...it is a win/win for all of us!!!!! Have a super time!

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  14. Bunny, I love the way your blouse turned out and think it looks better with the godet! A lovely blouse that will look so good on you. As for Palm Springs...I'm so excited for you and can hardly wait to hear all about it when you return home! We have spells of hot weather here too, and I find 100% cotton sleeveless blouses are most comfortable. I made Simplicity 2599 (without the ruffles, bows etc.) in several light weight cotton prints and wore the heck out of them last year. Worn with a sweater for going into stores or riding in the car, it's just about perfect. Oh....and I think you should treat yourself to some very cool new sunglasses for Palm Springs! : )

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  15. Love your blouse and the godet in the back is perfect. Probably you were the only one who noticed the mismatched pattern. We sewers tend to be hypercritical of our own work but maybe that's not such a bad thing. Keeps us trying to improve. Enjoy your week with Claire and I'll be watching your blog to read all about it. Take loads of pics.

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  16. What a brilliant idea and it looks like it belongs. Great save!

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  17. that's a great design element -
    looks interesting and flattering!

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