Distance | Polka Dot Cottage


Posted May 6th, 2013 by

I put some distance between me and the failed sewing from yesterday. Distance and:

  • an open window in the kitchen with The Proclaimers on Pandora and half a glass of wine while I chopped vegetables for a supper salad
  • strawberries and cream on angel food cake with the family around the kitchen table before bed
  • a good night’s sleep.

126/365: May 6 - Making the adjustments

And this morning, I woke up ready to try again. I decided I really did want to get that Sorbetto right after all, and so I pulled out my patterns, my tracing paper, and some instructions, and went to town on that FBA. I had made a size 14 before, but this time I cut out a 10, made a 1.5-ish-inch adjustment, tapered the waist back in about an inch, and added 2 inches of length.

06 shirt 01 06 shirt 02

I did a test run on this vintage sheet, eliminating the pleat in the front, and I must say, it’s pretty perfect.

Imagine that.

This bodes very well for the four cotton lawn prints I ordered on the internet last week.

If I’m being completely honest here, I do have a couple of issues with the way I look in this shirt, but I suspect they are more of a body-image problem than anything else. After all, this shirt really does fit this body pretty well. The next tops I make will use a less stiff fabric, which will probably make me love them more. That’s the plan, anyway.

I appreciate all of your comments on my whiny post yesterday! The moral of the story, of course, is one that I never seem to learn: take the time to tweak the pattern up front (aka do the darn FBA aready) and it will save you a lot of frustration (and wasted fabric) in the long run.

06 shirt 03

So, anyway, Mission: Expose Shoulders, accomplished! This pattern is definitely going to be my go-to pattern for sleevelessness. Yay!

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