I have been busy sewing, but nothing is working out. I'm hoping to not repeat last summer's wadderfest. First I attempted Butterick 5328 in an olive green to match an orphan skirt.
I love this pattern. The fit was perfect and the front gathers and tie so cute. The fabric wasn't the best choice. It was some polyester blend that's kind of flowy. In recent years I have bought lots of this in various colors, but it never seems to iron well and doesn't take curves with any ease. Especially at the collar it wouldn't sew smoothly and since I like the pattern so much, I decided to scrap it and use a green cotton poplin already in the stash. I'm considering it a muslin and moving on.
Next up was Butterick 5327, which I instantly loved view A with the beads sewn in between the tucks. Those dumb tucks!!! You have to sew them all by hand, which involves lining them up perfectly so they are the same width. This proved to be difficult and fiddly. The directions were not forthcoming about whether to fold the fold lines in or out. I started with in and got half way around and tried it on: SUPER HUGE NECKLINE! Okay, I'm thinking the tucks must tuck out instead. So I rip all those out and begin again. Need I go on? I spent 2 evenings of sewing time trying to make it work and gave up. I can be very patient on my garments to a certain point. Then I've had it! DON"T BUY THIS PATTERN unless you want a lot of headaches and pulled out hair.
I'm counting Newlook 6802 as a half wadder. Why you wonder? Well, had I read the reviews for this at Pattenreview.com I would have found out that it looks really maternity. The skirt is straight with gathers under the bust, so with the bigger front the gathers kind of pooch out. Not my favorite look when I'm not preggers.
However, we are hoping to add to our family in the future so I'll probably get some wear out of it then. Although it is sleeveless so might not work if I'm pregnant during the winter. Oh who am I kidding, I live in Texas. Sometimes we wear shorts on Christmas! I snapped a picture of it for you. I suppose it will be completed sometime in the future.
So that's what I've been working on. I need a quick fix for my wadder blues. Maybe I'll make an easy TNT straight skirt tonight. Have a great weekend, y'all!