I call them "visitors" because there may be hope. Maybe. For now, they both need lots and lots of time in Narnia - one step beyond the magic closet.
First up is the BWOF trench skirt (8-2009-107). This has so much fail and it's all because of the fabric. It's just too heavy for this pattern. I am bummed about this too because I bought the fabric initially for a jacket. I should have stuck with my original plan. Oh well.
It looks horrible on me, so dress form pics are all I have. The skirt is pinned to the form and so are the buttons.
Given that I shortened the pattern 1", I probably should have repositioned the diagonal topstitching so that it was proportional.
The hem is turned under twice and topstitched. With the fabric being so thick, I can't get the pleats to lie flat. I could unpick the hem and lop some shit off, but I don't feel like it right now.
The instructions aren't that bad if you read them slowly and a few times. The word maze sort of works itself out in the mind and it starts to actually make sense.
I'll definitely sew the skirt again, but in a much lighter-weight fabric.
Next is the very ambitious interlined eyelet button-front blouse, Simplicity 4077. This pattern has been in and out of the rotation for...hmm...six years or so. I made the FBA, but did not like how the darts looked. So I converted both the front and back darts to princess seams and got the fit that I like.
Unfortunately, something is still off about this version. Because the eyelets are rather big, I decided to underline each piece with a light-weight cotton batiste. This thing feels like a suit of armor and I haven't even put in the sleeves or ruffles.
Meh. I have no motivation to finish it.
I had high hopes for both garments, but alas, it is not to be...for now at least.
I want to sew something, but my sewjo is on hiatus in the worst way. I don't even feel like sewing a pair of jeans. =/
I'm in a funk inside and outside of the sewing room; I hope the tide will turn soon.