Unfortunately, I just finished it last night. I guess it got pushed back in line behind Elena's fairy tale dress for one, but the biggest drawback was with my equipment.
The skirt is the Oliver + S Hopscotch skirt again. This time with the take out box pockets (which I love!). It all went smoothly until I went to cut the last buttonhole, or the top one last rather. And this happened. The seam ripper sliced right through the buttonhole and I ended up with a huge hole.
Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress. I wanted to try it in a knit and bought the pattern with this top in mind. I debated whether to make it lined, like the pattern or to use binding at the neck and opted to line it. That was a disaster. The yoke and skirt seam was so wavy. I thought it would be okay, until I had Lucia try it on, and it just looked terrible. But I had done all that work so I just decided to cut my losses and hem it, knowing I still had to go back and fix the skirt. That's when I put a double needle in my sewing machine, pressed on the foot peddle and heard a terrible sound. I broke the single stitch lever on the throat plate (I have a Janome Horizon).
I got my machine back just in time to fulfill a special order for my shop. I fixed the waistband on the skirt (I simply cut a new waistband that went all the way to the corner to include the top button). But when I tried to sew the buttonhole the machine stopped working.
So back to the repair shop for another two weeks. It came back home on Friday.
In the meantime, I decided to cut a new yoke for the shirt and try the binding this time. This time it worked much better. So last night I finished the shirt, sewed the buttonhole on the skirt, and cut it open with my new buttonhole cutter. Then sat down to watch Project Runway. After watching Dom's critique with Top Gunn (I mean, Tim Gunn), I decided that the front skirt piece in the shirt needed replacing--the stripes were crooked. So, I stayed up a little more and replaced that piece. So, of the original shirt, only the back skirt and arm bands are in the final top.
|The back doesn't match perfectly and there's a little bubble and iron stain on the left--but after the problems this shirt gave me, neither of those things bother me.|
So, maybe it wasn't the easy, quick project I envisioned, but it sure was satisfying. The best part, Lucia loves it. She sat on my lap for a little while yesterday while I worked on the shirt, so today she told everyone that she helped make it. I love that. Even if she declared today that her favorite color is... purple.
|This photo reminds me of a Japanese pattern book. The kids look a little distraught, but the clothes are cute.|