I made this top as an experiment or muslin, using Simplicity 2599 and some cheap, navy lawn I had on my shelves. You need to pay attention to this pattern (I've written about it before) if you have trouble drafting your own bust adjustments. The B, C and D adjustments come on their own pattern pieces! This is a really good lesson in not paying attention to the photos on the pattern cover.
My goal is to find the right sized fitted shell, from which all future fitted shells, blouses, and the like, could be drafted from. I'm getting there. Let's pick this one apart! I sewed a size 12 with a D adjustment, adding a piped collar to the front. I drafted the collar freehand and added piping, which was sort of a crap shoot considering I'm not sure I can pull off this kind of thing. I faced the neckline with the piping, which in hindsight I probably won't do again-- piping out of the package is like bias tape, so it stretches a lot and if you're not careful, it won't lie flat. I would probably lose the piping around the arms, too. I cut off about 3" in length and used a rolled hem on the bottom edge.
What else? Possibly lose an inch or so on the straps? Back darts? Probably. I didn't use a back closure, because I knew I could get it on and off over my head.
- I'm sewing doll clothes. I may or may not have lost my mind, but OH LORD, they're fun to make. Plus, Hillary's book is on its way to me and I want to get in the mood.
- August has had some successful days in the bathroom. We found the only kind of encouragement that works is that he gets to call someone he loves every time he goes where he's supposed to. Don't be surprised if your phone rings. I hope to be calling a lot of people.
- It is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and we're heading over to the new Ruby Jewel outpost for 1$ minis this afternoon. Do you know where your local ice cream sandwich store is?
- We have had an uptick in inquiries by passerbys on the origin of our sons. The conversations are getting increasingly awkward. I usually turn to the good people at Love Isn't Enough for help in ways to protect my children (even from myself) and, among other things, to better understand the language of bias. I cannot thank them enough for the uncomfortable places their editors and contributors take me in my parenting journey.
- Somehow Sam knows all the words to the original Wavin' Flag by K'Naan and I die a thousand deaths listening to him ride up and down our street shouting the lyrics: "Learn from these street, it can be bleak / Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat...." Sing it, Child.