I have confession to make -- I have a walk in fabric closet that I can't even walk into. I am genuinely grateful to have the space but lately have been feeling weighed down by the excess I have in there. Before our renovation, I would only buy for a specific project because I had nowhere to store any extra. Now I don't even know what I have . . . And it doesn't fit on the floor to ceiling shelves. It's shameful really. Part of the problem is that I love to dream about what I'm going to make but overestimate the amount of time that I have to actually make things. Then there's the whole "I'm paying for shipping so I may as well add ____" trap.
Anyway, last week I decided to make written a plan -- a list of projects and which fabric I'm going to use. It was going quite well and things were starting to look better when I got distracted by this shot cotton (it's Kaffe Fassett in Aegean
from Mad About Patchwork). I used the bulk of it for a top for myself (Vogue 1247) but when I pulled out the leftovers, I decided to see if there was enough for a After School Shirt for J. . . . and that was the end of my organizing for the day :).
So here's the top. I was short a couple of inches for the back but otherwise was good:
I struggled with it though -- I misread the directions and lined up the notches on the yoke. I didn't notice until after I'd put the piping in and went to attach the front panel that it was about three inches too small. Then for some reason I had lots of trouble setting the sleeves -- I sewed gathering stitches on them but didn't need to gather them. In fact it seemed like the front was bigger. I ripped out a few sections a couple of times but I still see some puckers. Oh, well. I give up.
I bought these sparkly square buttons when we were travelling this summer and I think they suit this top wonderfully. Plus they're like little jewels, which makes my daughter happy.
I added piping in a voile from Girl Charlee. I used the same fabric for a band on the back where I didn't quite have enough of the blue. It's kind of loud on it's own and more like a quilting cotton than a voile but it's magic fabric -- it seems to go with everything so I don't mind the extra bit on the back.