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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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9 thoughts on “Distance

  1. Glad you figured it out!

    1. Me too! I just did another one this morning, too. I’ve got a stack of vintage sheet remnants, and I’m not afraid to use them, LOL!

  2. I take back my earlier comment about making tops.(But if I’m being honest I’m still a tiny bit afraid.)

    1. I hear ya. I always find tops intimidating. I will buy a pattern – the easiest I can find – and then stare at it for weeks before getting up the nerve to try it. And yes, it can be fiddly at first. But once you get it right, you can make a million of them. I can put together one of those Built by Wendy tops now in under an hour. Hopefully I’ll get there with this pattern sometime, too!

  3. This is great, Lisa. It looks wonderful on you, too! I’m much like you in that I want to sew it once and be done. I hate alterations. I’d rather make a whole new thing than alter something I’ve already made. So I give you big KUDOS on tackling that and winning! Good for you!

    1. Thank you 🙂 I just love having a go-to pattern so much. You would think that it wouldn’t pain me so much to go through the required steps to really get a pattern to that point!

  4. I think you look great in the shirt! You are giving me an itch to get back to the sewing room. I can really use some more summer tops.

    1. Go for it! and thank you 🙂

  5. […] a little peek of my shirt there? That’s one of two more Sorbetto‘s. Yep, I’ve found my sewing mojo at last. (Sadly, when I find my sewing mojo, I […]

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