You might have noticed that I haven't shown you anything I've sewn for myself in my last few posts. That's because I haven't had much success there recently!
In between sewing the Mother of the Groom outfit I finished last week I've been working on several things for myself, but none of them have gone as expected. The jacket I'd planned on making to wear to a wedding in a couple of weeks is looking good, but doesn't go with the dress I'm wearing - and as it doesn't go with anything else in my wardrobe I've kind of lost interest in it. I will finish it and show it off one day, but not right now.
Disheartened by this, I then decided to make Simplicity 1652, which is another of their Amazing Fit patterns.
After the success I'd had with one of those for my trousers, I thought it would be plain sailing, but no. I made a muslin of the bodice (I wanted the one with the cutout back) and it was way too long, giving me a big empty lump on the top of my back. I had that same problem with my Style Arc jacket that got abandoned, so I need to learn from that.
I made some alterations, decided they were OK, cut out my fabric and started sewing. Ugh, it looked awful! I had just enough fabric to cut a new bodice using the petite fitting and the non-cutout back. But the dress needs lining (the fabric is VERY thin), and the lining I have right now is horrible. The dress fabric is a silk/cotton blend and it's lovely, whereas my lining is polyester and not lovely. I need to shell out for some decent lining, but again I've lost interest.
Earlier this week I was DESPERATE to make something for myself, so I went back to a tried and trusted pattern - New Look 6000. I've used this 3 times already, once for a dress and twice shortened to make tops. I decided to use the shortened "top" version and a very small piece of butterfly print georgette I picked up recently.
All was going swimmingly until I came to the neckline. I hate facings, so decided to use bias tape to finish the neckline, but could I get it to lie flat? No, I couldn't. Not one of the three attempts I had at it was anywhere near flat!
My final solution was to fully line the body, which it probably needed anyway as the fabric is very sheer. I had just enough ivory lining fabric in my stash to cut the front and back pieces, using very narrow seam allowances.
Here's the result.
I'm actually pleased with it, but feel it's been a hard slog to get there. And it shouldn't have been! I don't know why things haven't been going right in my sewing for myself recently, but I hope that changes.
Next up is another stab at Simplicity 1652, using some black and white brushstroke printed linen blend fabric from my stash. Fingers crossed it works this time!