Paul got Sam out of the crib on Friday, got him a bottle, and plopped him next to me. The moment the door clicked goodbye, Sam let out a little cough and began to throw up all over himself, the bed, me, blah, blah, blah... All of a sudden his little body got hot and he sort of fell back onto the pillow pale and dazed. I wrapped him up, put on a video, took a shower and moved the whole operation downstairs. He set up on the couch with some books and cars and Sesame Street and began ordering me around with little groans and hand gestures.
"Meh." (please get me my juice)
"Meh." (I would like the TV turned down)
"Meh." (You make a better door than a window, woman)
My child enjoys the occasional cuddle, but with sickness comes the desire for constant yet limited contact. His lethargy might lend itself well to getting all kinds of things done, but cramming it all onto the couch with us proved to be difficult. Apparently he likes an uncluttered aesthetic.
So my new shirt had to wait until after work on Saturday. With all my pieces cut, I set to work on what was supposed to be my summer salvation to unattractiveness. I started with New Look Pattern 6407-- the short sleeved, collared version. My pattern order had arrived with a great sizing and basic alteration pamphlet (who knew that all patterns were sized for a 'B' cup?!) and I thought I might give it a try by altering darts and lengthening the overall shirt. But by Friday night I decided to go ahead with a basic pattern size and hope for the best, knowing that I could fix problems the next time around. I sewed it together. The instructions were okay, and I'll chalk up any misunderstandings to my relative inexperience with collars, etc. While I'll continue to maintain that the model in the picture is wearing a different shirt altogether, I was able to cobble something together that resembled the pattern front.
In my defense, it looks better ON-- on somebody other than me. Sadly, the chair back is better suited to the shirt's front than my chest is. I haven't had the heart to put buttons on it, but I'm determined to get it finished and not have it languish in the 'get to it' pile. Happy Birthday, Millyellen? Merry Vacation, Mum?
I have another blouse pattern that I want to try from the same line. It has a cute front, but ties (blech) in the back. I'm going to have to suck it up and cut out a bigger template this time. I have the same issues with cutting into patterns that I do with cutting into great pieces of fabric.
A dressform would be fantastic at this point in my sewing education. So would smaller boobs, I guess.