Monday, September 03, 2007

It's Just Another One of Those Days

Or weekends....*sigh*

By the lack of posts you should have known that I did not have a spectacular sewing weekend. Actually it was quite a bust. I don't know how I managed it but both garments that I cut out just didn't work at first and needed a lot of work to make them presentable. I have managed to save part of the first one and have given the other one over until next weekend. However, it is just not how I thought the weekend would be! And on top of all of that, I am not sure how relaxing this weekend has been.

I purchased this knit fabric from Fabric.com and was so excited when it came but this stuff is a bear to work with. The stripes are sheer and on the horrible skirt that I made to accompany the jacket one of the stripes at the waistline ripped. So the fabric needs to be handled with care. Also it doesn't press worth a damn and I hate that unpressed, hands at home made look that an unpressed garment has...let's see what else...I was just disappointed with the fabric and had to work extra hard to get a viable garment.

I started with my TNT Burda Cardigan pattern - 8869 which is OOP. I have used this cardigan pattern alot and I was attempting to make a suit like this one ~ the brown cardigan & skirt from the EOS knit. I thought it would make a great outfit for the busy week of meetings that I have next week. That brown suit has worked well for me at these type of meetings in the past and I was looking to repeat that success with this one but it wasn't to be.


I finally settled on altering the style of the cardigan and adding details like black foldover binding and an organza ribbon tie to help this jacket along. The skirt is just a mess right now.

My original plan was to make my TNT 4 gore skirt but I couldn't get the skirt and the jacket to come out of the fabric with the stripes going vertically. This was probably poor planning on my part but I truly thought that I had purchased enough fabric...NOT! So plan B, the 4 gore skirt with horizontal stripes but just the thought of cutting the gores so that the stripes would match made me want to cry. So I just put the fabric away...can we say meltdown. At that point, I started to clean my house and I just gave up!

I can admit when I am defeated but after sleeping on it, I decided that I have a TNT 8 gore skirt pattern that I could probably make work with a minimum amount of heartache. So I arose bright and early this morning to tame this fabric into shape...and this is what I ended up with:


Yeah, I think the fabric got the best of me! *LOL* However, I think I do have a trick for it. I am going to take one of the panels out of the skirt and see if I can save it that way. Can you say I just won't lay down and die....*LOL* But I am not happy with my weekend productivity...and the only consolation is that I have finally made enough garments that I can pull together enough outfits for work...but it just wasn't my plan...

So here is how I will wear the jacket to work tomorrow with the Sewing Workshop mission tank from my SWAP earlier this year and a pair of vanilla tencil pants that I made a year or two ago:


Yes, I know you want to see pictures of me in the garments...tomorrow after work...right now Justin Timberlake's special is playing on HBO and I want to get back to singing and dancing with my daughters! *LOL*

Hopefully next weekend will yield better results...

10 comments:

  1. Congrats on rescuing the jacket and making the skirt work! The back to work outfit looks very together. So you did well! And you have a clean house;)

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  2. You know, from what I can tell, I think the jacket turned out really nice. I really like the tie you put with it. Looks like a nice summery ensemble with the other white pieces.

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  3. I really like the binding and ribbon detail that you added to the jacket. I have to say that I especially like the new print jacket with the vanilla pants and top; for this particular print, I think I even like it better than a matching jacket and skirt. I admire your persistence Carolyn!
    Linda M.

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  4. The cardigan turned out great - what a save!

    You certainly are a trooper - I'm not sure that I would have gone through the salvage job you did with that skirt. Look at it this way, next weekend is bound to bring better a much better time in the sewing room!

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  5. Carolyn, I think the cardigan looks quite 'fresh' and interesting with the details you added. I admire you for keeping at a pattern that isn't working out well! I also thought I would get a lot of sewing done this weekend, but social stuff got the better of me.

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  6. Ohh I'm sorry Carolyn, I know that weekends like that can be very depressing and very often, when that happens to me, I just get so demotivated that I throw anything in the garbage!
    You on the other hand managed to rescue the cardigan, it looks very nice. And I also love the vanilla pants.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your fabric frustrations, but your cardigan did turn out really good! I can't wait to see the 'action shot' of you in it.

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  8. I'm glad you made it work... the results look great.

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  9. I knew you would make it work. My mantra with my last dress. You pretty much don't give up on garments so I am learning from you and others to work outside of the box I may find myself in.

    You may not remember but I bought the same fabric after seeing yours. Now I know this is may be a challoenge for me as well. At least I have been warned.

    I think your jacket looks great.

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  10. The jacket came out really nice, especially with the binding and organza ribbon. I have some sheer fabric with a lil stretch, I have 2 yds of it for a top and its been laying around together with the pattern... just totally fearful.

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