If you can call it that.
I don’ t know what I was thinking. Last weekend, I finished my (first of three…more on that later) Rooibos muslin, and decided I would tackle its fit issues once my new book arrived. Instead of my typical pinch here/tuck there methodology of fit, it’s high-time I learn the correct techniques. Dutifully setting the stitched-up sheet aside, but still needing something to make myself feel accomplished, I opted for another one of these tops.
Now, this pattern is easy. Very easy. Chiffon has a mind of its own. I know this. While far from being a master chiffon wrangler, I have had successes. And headaches.
This project turned out to be more of the latter, unfortunately. It isn’t a total fail; it’s serviceable. But not something I would want to show off to an experienced seamster. And the hardest thing to realize is that the failures are all mine. I know better than to want instant gratification when working with this textile. I know that I can’t feel rushed, by my own accord or another’s. I know the right frame of mind is key.
Wednesday I put the finishing touches on what should have been a one-hour blouse. I wore it Thursday, and it’s okay. But I do admit to wishing I’d done this iridescent navy chiffon justice. Must remember that this fall palette challenge is what I make it, and I don’t need to rush through something just to have a first project completed.
What’s wrong, you query? Well, chiffon needs room to flow nicely. Should have gone a little looser in the bust. Also, it’s a tad tight in the armscye. The bias binding along the neckline is far from perfect, and I almost mangled the keyhole.
Side note: initially, my idea was to make this into the Wenlan blouse, which is on my fall sewing inspiration board…. alas, that pattern calls for much more yardage than I had of the chiffon.