Monday, April 19, 2010
Satisfaction with a Job...Done!
Oh rapturous day! I've finished my blouse sewing project!!
I simply can't believe it's done and on a hanger in my closet...I'm beside myself with happiness!
Cutting out, marking, prepping each piece with darts, constructing, struggling with my brain to comprehend the instructions, pressing, pinking seams, buttonholes, buttons, hem, fixing boo-boos...I'm done! I don't know how people crank out pieces so fast...I'm soooo slow, but it's done!
I really passed a big hurdle with this project -- I didn't have the overwhelming sense of frustration that I usually do. This weekend, at each snag, I sat patiently (ok, maybe a few "ack!" exclamations, but no reverting to angry gutter-mouth) and thought it through or carefully talked it through out-loud with my boyfriend. There was at least two big "what?"s that I eventually made work even though I didn't do it elegantly as the pattern intended, but I just couldn't understand.
The process this weekend (the last 1/2 of the project) was actually enjoyable and obsessive from start to finish and not so frustrating I wanted to chuck it out the window. Hoooooray!!!!!!
The pattern cover:
Cuff challenge: I simply didn't understand the directions.
I'm sure the instructions followed to the letter results in a cleaner-looking cuff opening, but my strip-thing seems to be okay, even though the stay stitching peaks out a bit (hard to see in this photo).
Collar challenge: Again, I just flat-out don't understand part of the directions.
The top piece of the front extension...what the heck am I supposed to do? I "made it work" as Mr. Gunn says, and although there is an extra, somewhat unsightly seam, the busy-looking fabric saves the day!
Done! Back shot...
Shot showing bottom edge untucked...
And fabric detail...
My boss just approved me taking a personal day this Friday so I can start my next project!!! Sewing Friday!!!!!!