Wednesday, April 8, 2015

PR Wardrobe Contest: New Look 6110 and Burda 08/2014

Last night I hustled to finish my New Look top and wore it to work today. Feeling quite good in my shiny new top.

And then was asked to meet in the conference room.

And then was told I was being laid off. I was fine for awhile, well as long as I didn't need to talk....and then I cried. I never cry "outside". I never cry! Grrrrr!

Sooooo by 8:30 I was back home and keeping myself busy.

I have 3 tops done and the 4th top ready to go. I have a jumpsuit half sewn as it might get subbed in instead of the dress. But now I have time to sew something else for the concert we have tickets to so who knows!

Wah. I'm a crazy lady right now.

Sigh..

Okay...back on track...

New Lok 6110. Based on the muslin I made last year, it was a little too snug and hung up on the hips. The pattern was cut out already in a size 14 so I had to make some adjustments on the fly. I had cut it out before I remembered I needed more hip room so I opted for side splits at the hem.

I am so very happy with my top and proud of alllllll of my stripe matching!


On the dress form:

The instructions for the placket were unhelpful (that's an understatement). I was going to look through some other patterns with that type of placket but I slept on it and suddenly "knew" what I was supposed to do. Love when that happens.



As you can see I have a few puckers around it; they mostly disappear when it's on ma'body. After sewing the facing and understtiching, and topstitching...you are to turn inside out, overlap the plackets and stitch to the little flap of the shirt.


The "flap" is created when you reinforce the corners and then clip to the stitching. Now you have a free piece of fabric that you stitch between the dots on the facing pieces. I stitched a little too far which is how I got pulls. But it's a tight area to work in and I didn't want to redo it so there.

I used a poly something or another (no clue) from Hancock for the body and a broadcloth for the neckbands. Instead of adding the bands to the sleeve I added 3/4" elastic. I forgot that elasticizing the sleeves would make them slightly shorter. I will add 1-1.5" to the sleeve length for next time.



I used two large buttons instead of 3. Just cause. They are not functional as I can slip the top on and off over my head.

I really, really love it!

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This is the same top I made for my daughter, that I decided was a really cute shape and would be better than the Kirsten Kimono tee I'd originally planned.

I traced a size 40 neck & upper shoulder/sleeve and a 42 for the body. I did not add any hem allowance AND chopped off 1" AND sewed a 2" hem!

and then realized I traced off view B which is designed to be gathered. Oh.


I ended up taking the hem in 1" on each side after sewing, tapering to nothing at the waist. It was kind of "sticky-outy" and I didn't like that. If you have sticky-outy hips that might work for you.


I decided I didn't like the keyhole as much so left it as a split neck.


I am looking forward to completing the rest of my wardrobe!

56 comments:

  1. Your top is beautiful. Love the stripe matching and the fit.
    I am so sorry to hear you have been laid off. That really sucks. or stink-ow, as we say here. I cry when I am angry or feel ambushed like that (and I HATE crying in front of people), so I hear your frustration about the crying too. One minute you're all 'Ok, what's on at work today, I'm feeling good' and the next it's ... different. Best wishes. And enjoy the concert.

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  2. Loving the stripes on this top! PS When I was laid off a few years ago, I suddenly became an uncontrollable crying mess in front of both my boss and the HR person. Yeah, I don't do that. Ever. But somehow I did THAT!? Hope all is well for you... now you have some time to sew more for now!

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  3. Nakisha, I am so sorry to hear about your layoff! I went through the same thing nearly exactly two years ago, and as cliche as it sounds, I did find a much better job a few months later. I hope that you're being given a decent severance package to get you through until you do find that better job.

    I really like both of your new tops. And I like the split neck you did with the Burda better than the keyhole of the line drawing.

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  4. I'm so sorry about the job. I hate it when I cry and that happens when I get angry. Agh! But it was a shock for you and that's how it comes out. Great tops BTW.

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  5. So sorry to hear you were laid off. I'm certain you be on your way to something new.


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  6. So sorry to hear about your job! Something better is on the horizon! Beautiful tops:)

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  7. First, I like to say that I was laid off twice from the telephone company and the second time I was 41 and feeling as though I was in a bad place for my age. That's when I started teaching. My kids always thought we had more money when I was laid off and maybe that was because I had more time to spend it on them. There's something exciting around the corner for you. As far as crying - I still can't hold it. Yeah, cry baby #1.
    Enjoy your beautiful tops!

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  8. My husband has been retrenched three times now, and I've cried every time. But every time we have ended up in a better place, thankfully. Hugs and sympathies. And I love that you went home and sewed!

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  9. Gorgeous tops on you, and that stripe matching is simply lovely.

    Sorry to hear about being laid off. That sucks. And the crying in public thing also sucks. I don't cry. But when I'm angry it comes out. Hope you are feeling a bit better & that something great comes up for you soon.

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  10. Your tops are really cute. You always inspire me to sit down and sew. I am sorry about your job situation. Sending you positive vibes!

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  11. Your tops are beautiful!!! Love that the stripes match, that drives me insane in RTW!!!! I pray you find a better job soon!!! Glad you have sewing to make you happy in the mean time!!!!!

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  12. Beautifully made. So sorry about your job but what I have seen and read you shall rise above it all. You are highly favored and blessed.

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  13. I love both your tops! So sorry about the bad news you got... I wish the best to come to you! hugs from Montreal

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  14. Sorry to read about your lay-off. Those are tough, I work at a school and experience seasonal lay-offs three times a year. But with change comes opportunity and I wish you great opportunities that come your way.

    It looks like you're keeping busy. Those tops are very nice and the fit is great.

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  15. Really sorry to hear about your layoff. Something very similar happened to me three years ago. I'm such a cry baby. It doesn't take much for me--I think I'm being strong and then whoosh... Anyway, love both tops, especially the striped one. Relax and enjoy yourself for a little bit. Greater is coming.

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  16. I'm sorry to hear your news, Nakisha. I'm not surprised you cried. What a shock. It will take time to sink in. I'm glad you have something to keep you occupied and distracted while you process all this and work out where to from here. All the best...

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  17. Oh no, laid off! Who would do that? You must bring so much fun to the workplace! The lemonade side to this story is maybe you'll find a job that allows you to wear dresses. You're off to a nice start on the wardrobe contest!

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  18. Awww. I'm sure someone with your drive and enthusiasm will find something else quickly though.

    I cried when I quit a job once - how's that for dopey?

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  19. sorry about the lay off, great start on the contest I've yet to get started, spending too much time trying to figure out what to make with which fabrics I know justt make something! right?lol!

    Helen

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  20. Fabulous tops! Your sewing is such an inspiration.I'm so sorry about the layoff. I've shed tears at work a few times - you had good reason for those tears, so don't be ashamed about it. I hope for bigger, brighter, and better things in your future and I am not talking about all the clothes you'll be sewing now that you have more time.

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  21. Nakisha, I'm so sorry to hear you were laid off! I hope you're able to have fun sewing with some of your spare time, and I hope something new and better comes along soon for you!

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  22. What rotten news, I'm so sorry. Sending you good vibes! I hope you have bigger and better things for you in the future. Love your tops btw!

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  23. Lovely tops! Just remember when one door closes, another door opens. Enjoy the extra sewing time while you can.

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  24. i'm so sorry about the bad news. But your tops look great. Hope something wonderful is on the horizon for you.

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  25. I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I was in a meeting with my boss, his boss, and another supervisor. I cried an "ugly cry" that included snot running down my nose, and there were no tissues in that room. Not my best moment! Anyway, things turned out ok, and I am sure they will for you too. Hang in there, and enjoy your new cute tops. It's supposed to be a nice weekend. Yay!

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  26. Such cute tops...especially the striped one - there's just something 'bout them stripes. "Sticky-outy"..too funny! I think that crying has a cleansing affect...I always feel better when I do it and will do it when and where ever - just pass me the Kleenex please - 'cause I ALWAYS run out! About that layoff...when one door closes...another one opens...HAPPY SEWING!!!

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  27. oh! I hate that, when you're 'ok' until some ASKS if you're ok, and then the tears come. Ugh! Happens to me all the time.
    Oh dear lord in heaven your pattern matching is that of the gods! Wonderful work, of course, but that goes without saying.

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  28. Nothing better than some new, fabulous looking!!!, new clothes when life deals us a blow. Just know that a way has been cleared for bigger and better things.

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  29. I'm so sorry to hear about your job situation. Sometimes, you just have to cry and let it go. I hope that you will find something that you love to do even more. Your new tops look great. I can never get a placket to look that nice!

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  30. I'm so sorry to hear about your layoff. I'm hoping something better is in store for you.

    The new tops are so cute on you.

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  31. Sorry to hear about your job. And there's no shame in tears. Best of luck with what comes next.

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  32. I'm sorry to hear about your layoff. I hope you are able to find a job that you like quickly!

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  33. Oh no! Sorry to hear you were laid off! Your top is adorable!

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  34. Nakisha
    i am sending prayers to you, I am so sorry to hear you got layed off. I know this was devastaging.. And I would have cried too--- I would not have been able to hold it in [and I dont cry in front of people either.] Hold on tight, TRY to not worry.. Things will work out. Will continue to pray for you ,that you will be called back to your job real soon, or find a better one.. hugs..
    Love your stripe top.. the matching is fantastic..

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  35. Boo on the being let go. I am crossing my fingers that things work out and your next move is even bigger and better.

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  36. I'm just sayin', VA has a long cute top/dress season and lots of jobs up your alley...

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  37. Sorry to hear that! I understand the tears and then the immersion in sewing! Things will get better ... :)

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  38. So sorry to hear that you have been laid off. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that something even better comes along soon. Your tops are really lovely!

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  39. I'm so sorry about your job!! I still cringe about crying in front of my boss once, four years ago. Yuck! Best wishes and good luck getting through this time. And the blue and white striped top is AWESOME!

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  40. Your tops are great! Too bad about your job, but at least you had sewing to cheer you up. Good luck!

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  41. If you gotta cry... cry. Sometimes bad things happen for good reasons.

    You're gonna be so cute sitting up in the unemployment office!

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  42. Clothes are spectacular as usual. On point :)
    So sorry to hear about your lay off. Man, I really do hope things work out for you and the fam.
    The bright side is, you get to sew, sew, sew until daddy takes the machine awayyyyyyyy.
    (Smile)

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  43. So sorry about your job, but remember, when one door closes a bigger one opens. I love your stripe top and need to check my stash, I have a stripe fabric similar to that, its a stretch polyester.

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  44. So sorry to hear about your layoff :-(
    Hope things get better soon ...
    Love your two tops !

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  45. I experience that feeling in January. I'm sorry to read about your layoff. I too keep myself busy while I'm seeking employment. I have WIP around here I am working on to post about on my neglected blog. I lost my sewing mojo at the same time but that was a season and now we are in a new season.Thanks for keeping me inspired! I really enjoy your blog and the all the projects your complete and congrats on the new sewing machine too!

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  46. I've been laid off twice and it's always awful. I will never feel secure again. As for things getting better, no harm in being optimistic.

    Beautiful sewing - as always!

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  47. Oh Nakisha, I'm so sorry to read about losing your job. You are on your way to something better!

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  48. I'm sorry to hear about your job. Good luck with finding a new one. Meantime, it's good that you have sewing as a distraction.

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  49. I'm sorry to hear about your job. Good luck with finding a new one. Meantime, it's good that you have sewing as a distraction.

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  50. Terribly sorry to hear about your job, but when one door closes another will open. You will do just fine - plus, now you have more time to sew!! :D

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  51. Ohh, I'm so sorry to hear you've been laid off. :-( I love your new tops though. :-)

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  52. That New Look 6110 stripe matching is incredible! That's perfect matching; something I've seen a lot of retail stores neglect. I really like the print too.

    So sorry to read about the job. I hope this will open up new opportunities for you.

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  53. Both tops are awesome!!! I've totally got my eye on that Burda download now, too. If I can finish a couple more things, maybe I'll treat myself.

    So sorry to hear about your job. Hopefully this means some new, and even better, doors will start opening.

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  54. Sorry about your job loss and I wish you the best of luck in finding a great new one. Often we are better off with a new situtation that wouldn't have come our way otherwise. In the meantime, sew your brains out. I do know from experience that looking for another job is a full time job in itself. But I like how my son in law handled it. He litereally worked 7-8 hours a day two days a week looking for work, not interruptions, totally focused for those two days. Then they other three days he got major things done that working full time hadn't allowed him to do. He was able to spend major time with his toddlers and developed a much closer relationship to his children in that time that has lasted through his now being back at work. He got major projects done on the house as well. And in the end, he got the job he wanted. It took a while but the whole layoff process ended up being a very good thing for him and his family. I wish you the best.

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  55. Sorry to hear about the job
    Love the top

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  56. I'm sorry to hear about the layoff. You are so engaging online, I can only imagine you are super irl. I think you will find another job soon and if you need encouragement--we will give it to you! Your new clothes are quite fun and inspiring. Good luck with your job search and your sewing goals!

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