Have you ever had one of those moments when you sewed a garment that looked exactly like the pattern envelope--only you didn't like it????
Well, that is a little bit of what happened to me. You see, I saw the Sadie by Seamworks sweatshirt and knew I wanted to make it. I was drawn by the element of cozyness, and I thought the funnel neck collar appropriately screamed "fall." What could go wrong, right?
I chose a gorgeous houndstooth print I had in my stash, and got to work. The fabric is a ponte roma knit from Girl Charlee, and it is soft, smooth, and lovely. I knew the houndstooth would look busy, so I also chose a black rayon knit to balance out the silhouette on the neckband and cuffs. I sewed a size S since the design had loads of ease, and ended up with a super roomy shirt that was LONG.
So, after taking out some ease from the side seams, reducing the hem length by an inch, and re-sewing the neckband with a ponte for more stability, this is what I ended up with:
I don't think it is bad, it's just not my favorite. It's kind of like going to the store, seeing a shirt you LOVE on the rack, but realizing it doesn't have as much appeal on your body. Does that ever happen to you?
I think it is absolutely wonderful to sew all kinds of styles and silhouettes, but this time I didn't achieve the idea I had in my head. I love the funnel neck, but didn't like this one on me.
For now I will put this top on the side and see if I can remedy the collar to a place I would like. I put some tacks on each side to see if that would help, but it only created this funny shape. If I figure it out, I will gladly show you an updated photo of what I did.
Overall, I found out that this pattern isn't for me, but it IS a QUICK sew that is perfect for Fall and Winter! I think a drapier fabric would also be lovely--just be mindful that this will affect the funnel neck as well.
In the meantime, I have some random sneak peak photos to show you! The first is my Kelly Anorak:
I am near done, but got stuck on joining the hood lining to the jacket body/lining. I couldn't wrap my brain around the instructions, even though I know I was able to complete it with my muslin. I ended up emailing Closet Files Patterns, and got such a wonderful response from Alexis. She was thorough, and kindly explained the step I was stuck on. I was super impressed!!! Though I did have to read her email a few times, I finally got it! You should be seeing a finished result sometime this month.
Also, I am doing my first ever pattern test! Usually, due to my schedule and overall busyness, I shy away from this kind of thing because 1)I don't like to sew for deadlines 2)My family is priority, and I don't like the added stress of trying to balance everything. But, this particular pattern is an awesome knit dress, and the pattern creator assured me I would have plenty of time to sew it up and provide feedback. So far I am a little ahead of schedule, which I like!
I am free to share info about the pattern, so once I finish and send in all my feedback, I will post a review for all of you. But my early opinion is I LIKE IT...A LOT!!!!!
Lastly, I noticed that there has been a lot of holiday sewing going on! I can't say I have any holiday sewing for others, but I may make something holiday-themed for myself. For some reason, I didn't even think about sewing gifts this year. Maybe next year...But I do love seeing all the things others are creating!