I have been thinking about this for a while. And in the end because I could not decide on my next make. I have so many things I want to make that I cannot decide which one to make first. So I thought I can surely make myself a little Polly top with sleeves for Christmas/Yule or which ever the name of the Winter Solstice celebrations around where you live. And all this should have gone easy and without pain. Or so I thought.
I have tried making a basic bodice and skirt block from this book and the instructions are clear and easy to follow, when you read everything.
So I proceeded to make my sleeve pattern. I followed the instructions but missed to add any ease which latter I found out was a big mistake. I don’t learn do I? Keep telling myself read all the instructions and then proceed with whatever you want to make. So I made my sleeve block and even used the Polly top pattern to decide how bid to make the sleeve cap.
Although at the back of my mind a little voice was saying ‘test the block you made in muslin or take sleeve block from another pattern and adjust that the Polly top’, I decided to add my seam allowance to the sleeve block and to cut my fabric. I quickly sewed up one of the sleeves and tried it on. It seemed a bit tight, so I figured that if I add about 3cm wide strip in the middle of the sleeve all will be fine. So thinking I have nailed it I put together the rest of the top. I then tried it on and disaster!!!!!!!! I forgot to think about adjusting the bodice so the fabric after is attached to the sleeve hits he shoulder point and not to use 1.5 seam allowance for that. Have a look how bad it looks with a sleeve on.
That is totally shocking! I mean I could not even take the bloody thing off and luckily because I stay stitched the neck line for both the back and front it did not split beyond the stitching line. Phew!!!!
I thought that I will not have a themed blouse! I sort of what to start a tradition for myself and make a garment every year. I almost did not even get there. From this point on it was all about trying to wing it and save the top if I could. I carefully used my ‘best sewing friend –THE UNPIC’ and removed the sleeves. Then I stay stitched the arm holes and used self made bias binding and finished all the raw edges – neck, sleeve and hem. I am not the happiest with it but I did manage to save the top at the last minute and it is wearable. The fit is better once I fixed the gaping at the front. What do you think? Here are both first and second Polly tops:
On X-mas day I’d better drink loads of spirits or turn on the heating.
Hope you all enjoy your Winter Holidays!!