nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,

Stream-of-consciousness on pattern disaster

It has been raining since eight o'clock this morning. I have therefore used the day to do something useful. Unfortunately, "something useful" has been the discovery that the Decades of Style Girl Friday blouse (with simplified collar) is a fitting disaster. The waist is OK, the neck is OK, the shoulders and chest - in the thorax sense of the term - are a disaster. It utterly swamps me, and short of covering the thing with random darts I can't see how to salvage it. At least the fabric was only about £2.50, so I don't feel I have to throw any more time at it. I'll see if I can fiddle with the pattern and get anything out of it as an interesting variation on a T-shirt to salvage my £20 (pattern plus outrageous international shipping). I think that the problem is the combination of a shoulder dart and sleeves that are an extension of the body, which results in a lot of fabric around the back and front. I like the principle of the shoulder dart, but I haven't got the ribcage to take up the space created - it would work if there were a proper fitted sleeve, but not as is.

In short, I don't think I'll bother with Decades of Style again - that's the second pattern I haven't been impressed with, the sizing is inconsistent, and the instructions are rubbish. Next up, a bog-standard McCalls skirt that can't go wrong.

And now I'm going to make bookwormsarah's Amazing Aubergine for dinner, in the hope that it will warm me up against the rain.

ETA: No I'm not, the damn aubergine has gone off.
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