My sew-jo has disappeared, friends. I lost it somewhere on vacation, I believe. I think I may have left it where I left my fancy, ergonomic seam ripper (yes, I really did leave my seam ripper in St. John- sigh). Since I've been back, life has been crazy. As I'm sure it is for everyone, so I won't complain. Only I haven't been feeling the urge to sew like I was before vacation. Maybe I burned myself out. I don't know. I think I'm just going to take it easy for a while and let it come back on it's own. My new job is fantastic and I've been dedicating most of my time to work. Which is probably what I should be doing anyway. You know, instead of bemoaning how work is getting in the way of my sewing time ;)
I finally finished this blouse that I began almost three weeks ago. I sewed in tiny increments. A half an hour here, a few spare minutes there. It was slow going. But I'm pleased with it in the end. It seems especially groovy to me. And art teacher-y. The shape is not the most flattering. Looking at the pictures, I think I should shorten it a bit. The hem hits at my widest part. The top is a little maternity-ish. But I knew it was going to be smock-like from the beginning. I'll definitely wear it to work. I do love a kimono sleeve.
I used Simplicity 2254. I've been trying to bust through some of my old pattern stash lately. This was one I purchased a while ago and never got around to making. I used a pretty carrot colored swiss dot I found at Hancock. The mannequin photos are the truer color. I'm not sure why the others are so saturated. I really liked the top stitching on view A and wanted to do something fun with a contrasting color. I used my triple stitch for extra fat top stitching. I used three different shades of turquoise thread. I quite like the bit of color, but I kind of feel like the top stitching just screams homemade. Which is okay. I kept my stitching as straight and even as possible but there are some wobbly places. I'm not too fussed about it. It is what it is. I unpicked one row of triple stitching to fix and decided that was enough.
It's a nice pattern. This is a good pattern for a beginner who has a few projects under her belt. I struggled a bit with sewing the back neck band to the back bodice. I would recommend not stay stitching the back neckline. I had to do a fair amount of clipping to make the curve fit. The back bodice/skirt seam line has elastic inserted in to the seam allowances. I think that helps with the fit a bit but it sure does make for a wrinkly back. I probably could have made a small instead of a medium. Also, if I make this again I'll cut the back bodice on the fold. No need for that seam there.
And that's all on the sewing horizon for me for a while. I'm working on another blouse, but I think it will be slow going like this one. Just little bits at a time. What about you? What do you do to get your sew-jo back? Any particular project you like to work on when you're feeling uninspired?