Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thoughts and Reflections...And a Finished Item

I had VERY busy weekends since the contest started and inevitably ended up sewing ALL day on Sunday in an effort to get pictures done while it was daylight. This week, I knew we had nothing going on and I got started right away.

I spent several hours on Saturday working away and then at around 5:15 I saw that my mom had tried to call me several times. When I called her back, she let me know that her mother had passed. I'm okay -- I did not have a relationship with her. Really only my mom and uncle did. But I am deeply saddened for my mom. My parents live in GA, my uncle (mom's only sibling) lives here, and their mother in Chicago. So they faced finding out over the phone and both being many hours away from her. I have a deeper, profound sadness that, even though she was a severely troubled person; she died at home alone, and no one knew. 

My mom was just telling me early Saturday morning that she hadn't heard from her in a week and was worried. She asked a cousin (on my dad's side) to stop by and check on her. And that's when they found out.

My stress level hit the roof because my mom was so sad. So after getting a good cry out and getting lots of hugs from hubby and kids, I went to my next salve - sewing. 

I knew better than to work on my contest project and was looking for an easy thing; which meant a knit. I had this idea for a black & white striped jersey knit top with black sleeves. I knew I didn't want a plan striped tee and started looking through my (ever growing) Burda magazine stash. I decided this tee was perfect with it's crazy asymmetrical-ness.

08/2014 #132

I cut a size 40 neck/shoulders/armhole and a 42 for the rest. After cutting the pattern pieces I realized this was an oversized style. I measured the front and back pattern pieces and the sleeve, and ended up not adding any seam allowances -OR- hem allowances. I used a 3/8" seam on the sleeves and 5/8" through the body. I did a 5/8" narrow hem and 3/4' sleeve hem. If you are tall; you will LOVE this pattern! LOL!





I cannot explain to you how the front drape works. It was definitely a "make it work" moment. There's slashing of your fabric (SCARY!), pleating, and then sewing it back together like a dart. I used the sewing machine for this part with a narrow zig-zag.

(blue is my marks for the pleats...)

After sewing the shoulders and attaching the sleeves, I slipped it on and decided a 5/8" side seam would work. So I did that right on the serger.

Know what's really funny?! I made zero attempts to match the stripes while cutting. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

When I was pinning it I realized it was really close. so I was able to mostly match. Both sides are off right at the underarm but I figured that was less important. The pleated area is a little off too. But a you can image it was HARD matching that side! 




The striped fabric is from FabricMart. It showed up yesterday afternoon while I was sewing my red dress. Along with these:

Pink(!) and Emerald poly boucle, Navy striped ponte, b/w jersey, Sandalwood jersey



The black fabric came from either Hancock or Fabric.com; Not sure. It has a subtle stripe too and is slightly sheer.



The hem is really curvy so a narrow hem was easiest.

Sewing reflections; when I attached the neckband it was beautiful...except on the left side in back. It was wavy and standing away from the body. DRATS! I unpicked the serger stitches (whine) from the left shoulder seam to about 1" on the other side of the center seam of the band. I cut off 1" from the neck binding and seamed it back together, and resewed it. 



I was so proud of myself for not making this out to be a big deal and just DOING it so that I'd be happier with my work.

Lastly, I am watching the Bears v. Packers and HANDSEWING!!! I am doing a catch stitch on my dress by hand. And it's cool. Yes. I said it. Me, who swore off the evils of hand sewing...I am enjoying this more than I thought. (Shout out again to Fashion Sewing Blog -- her tutorials and explanations are just the best for me!)

25 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about the death in your family. I too have turned to sewing in times of sadness or stress and found it to be a lifesaver. Your top turned out really cute!

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    1. It does the trick every time. Thank you very much Tomasa!

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  2. I'm sorry for your loss and the sadness it has brought you and your family. I'm glad you could find stress relief in sewing - what a great top you made!

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  3. Oh, hon, your poor mom. That is beyond sad for her. And I am sorry for all the stress you have right now. I like how someone on The Biggest Loser (yep, I watch it, still!) said it: 10% of life is what happens to me, 90% is how I react to it. Wow. Pin drop city. Love that way of living life, makes dealing with all sorts of hardship, sadness, and stress much more manageable.

    Stay strong. Enjoy that hand stitching. I think I will be doing mine in the car while waiting for the kids tomorrow. Maybe. :)

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    1. So true Dina! Thank you :) can't wait to see your dress!

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  4. Oh, dear- that phonecall. You earned a good, peaceful sewing day- that top is very spiffy!

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    1. Thank you :) I pretty much did about 3 days worth of stuff today but keeping busy helps.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your loss.

    On a lighter note, your shirt is crazy good -- love the shape and drape.

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  6. Super hugs to you and for your mom. I'm glad you could find some solace in sewing and getting a great top out of it.

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss! I do really like your top! Can't wait to see your red dress! My DH was hoping for something sexier. Argh!

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    1. Thanks Sue!

      I'm super excited to see what everyone came up with :)

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will be praying for your family. May God bless and comfort each of you. Know you are worried about your mom.. So hard to lose our parents. Hugs my friend.
    Love your new tee.. so pretty.

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  9. What tough news! My heart goes out to you, your mom, and her family. I hope they find comfort in the days to come. As for your shirt, it is awesome! I have never seen that Burda pattern before, it is really cute! And, oh, yeah, I like watching football too!!!

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  10. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sewing is my comfort through all of life's difficult times.I love this top. It's the kind of thing I love to make and wear in my daily "retired" life. Those pleats take a simple top to the next style level.

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  11. I am so sorry to here about your family's loss. It can't be easy right now. I hope you find some comfort in the little things like sewing a cute top and looking forward to all the wonderful things life has for you.

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  12. Condolences to you and your family and a special hug for your Mom. It's so nice to have family and a wonderful hobby like sewing to see us through the rough spots in life! Your T-shirt is nice!!

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  13. So sorry to hear about your grandma, Nakisha; especially the way you all had to find out. Sending love and hugs your way as you navigate this loss.

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  14. weeping my endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Praying for you and your family. Great top.

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  15. I'm so behind, I'm just reading this now. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Even though you didn't have a relationship with her, you have a relationship with people who did, so of course you share in their sadness.

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  16. So sorry for your loss :( Glad to hear your family rallied around you for support. Good job on the top, as always -- I hadn't noticed the pleats in the Instagram photos, what an interesting detail!

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