I made one big change on this top, taking off four inches from the length. After taking the first set of pictures, I decided I didn't like all the extra fabric under the arms. I left the camera outside, ran up to my sewing room and took out some of the fabric. The first picture in the blog post has the fabric removed. The picture above is before the alteration.
Even after eliminating some fabric, not sure I am crazy about this top. It is a bit big and sloppy for my taste. The neckline is loose and I just don't know. Meredith said it looks cute, so I will give it another try. Plus, running it through the washer and dryer might help the neckline.
Now the shorts, Simplicity 1167, a Mimi G pattern for a blazer, tank, slim pants/shorts. I have purchased this pattern to make a floral blazer I want to make. I mentioned this on my blog, wanting suggestions for floral fabric. A couple of people said I should make shorts to match, which I think might be fun. So really these black shorts (Mood Fabrics' Stretch Twill) are a trial run before I cut into the floral.
1. Shorten the length
2. Eliminate the cuff
3. Smaller seam allowances at upper leg to keep the shorts from being so tight as in the pattern envelope photo.
4. The pattern has the facing and an inset from the fashion fabric and then the pocket bag from lining fabric. The inset is sewn on top the lining and is what you see above the pocket. These extra pieces seemed like too much work and only necessary if your fabric is thick. I just used the pocket bag piece from my fabric. It is lightweight and was perfect.
5. Took in the center back one inch -
Simplicity's instructions were amazing and very helpful. These shorts were really quick to make and the fit not too bad out of the envelope. My fabric really stretched out while wearing these shorts tonight, which was surprising as a cotton-lycra blend.
Changes for the next pair
1. Might add some height to the shorts back. I have a very flat bum and feel like the center back is too low.
2. I made a size 12 which was good in the hips and legs but was too big in the waist.
3. I might size down considering the fabric - these just stretched too much, so a size 10 might have been better.
The verdict is still out on these two garments. I am going to see how they come out of the washer/dryer and hope they shrink a bit. One thing for sure, I loved making the shorts, they were just fun to sew. The length of these shorts might be bothering me. As I have gotten older, I have tried the longer shorts but they just don't look that great on me. I do a lot of walking and yoga so my legs are fine for a 5 to 6 inch length short and that length just looks better on me. Make sense? Guess it is like a skirt length, everyone has a length that looks good on them - same for shorts.
What do you all do when you aren't excited about something you have made?