Monday, May 26, 2014
Some sewing projects and the world's Ugliest Pullover.
I am in awe of sewing bloggers like Trees who manages to showcase several homemade outfits in one week. My effort for Me Made May started off with good intentions and then fizzled a bit. Let me explain why.
Here I am wearing my miami does cuba print top with a cord skirt, leopard tights and never fail bow boots.
My photographer cunningly took this photo from an angle that reduces the amount of thigh on show - the truth be told, this skirt is a lot shorter than what I am used to. Although both items are functional and not unattractive I do not consider either to be favourites - the cord skirt crunches when I sit down and the rayon cotton mix top needs fastidious ironing.
Now, dear readers, I want to share with you something truly hideous. I trust you by now to share my absolute worst sewing project. Ever. I present to you, the worlds ugliest pullover:
I am so unimpressed with this Me Made sewing project that I deliberately cut my head out of the photos. I dutifully followed a vintage pattern - even measuring myself and then comparing with the "Finished garment size" on the envelope. I sweated over the V neckline and even accepted a compromise V with a slightly rounded bottom, used some groovy floral fabric for the facings, and twice took in swathes of fabric under the arms all the way to the hem to try and get a better fit. In the eternal words of Grumpy Cat. I hate it.
I am not being harsh, the fact is that I never thought that the top part would be so ugly and unflattering. The shoulder seams are so wide and the V so small that you can barely see any of the fabulous blouse I am wearing underneath - a gift from the lovely Vintage Bird Girl.
Vertical darts in the front and back may well give this pullover a bit more shape and therefore appear more flattering. But the time spent doing this would be wasted as it is the top I hate. Off to the op shop it goes. The material - a lovely grey wool poly blend was $5 for about 2 metres from the Hospice Shop. The pattern was probably 50cents or less and the facings were a $2 shirt from Toffs. I do not begrudge the expenses on materials, only the hours of time spent crafting this object of hideousness.
I am not letting this get me down and have several other UFO's stockpiled and ready to be completed for next summer. Next post will be about op shop finds and a new polyester shirt dress!!
Bye for now, Penny-Rose