UFO busting: Knipmode blouse

I could have finished this top ages ago. I’m blaming shinier projects, unclear instructions, judgement errors and stupid mistakes. I even thought I had finished it about two weeks ago and just as I was almost ready to take some pictures I noticed this:

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Right… How did I fail to notice this while I was constructing it???

I can assure you, that was not good for my motivation… I finally unpicked it yesterday and made a new cuff today. Of course, that didn’t even take all that long so I should really learn to just fix these things immediately instead of waiting until the right mood hits me.

That’s much better!

The pattern is blouse 8 from Knipmode October 2011. I am pretty sure I started this top in the winter of 2012. This was in my pre-muslin days and as a result I find that it doesn’t fit as well as it should. For example, I could have done with some more room across my chest. I let out the side seams a little bit, but since I used 1 cm seam allowances I didn’t have a lot to play with. With all the buttons open it is wearable and I’ll probably wear it at least a couple of times. Don’t think it will become my favourite top though.

 

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Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling they’re being watched?

Because I think it is quite funny I am showing you the judgement error that also stalled the sewing process for a while. I wanted to use buttons from my stash and thought some very light pinkish ones would work well. You guess right, they didn’t.  Just take a look at what it happened when I attached the pocket buttons. Uh uh, very wrong indeed… Unfortunately I had already made all the button holes and cut them open so not only did I have to find new buttons I also needed to find ones that were more or less the same size as the original ones. I was lucky to find something suitable in the second shop I went to.

Anyway, I managed to bust another UFO and it feels really good to have gotten rid of yet another plastic bag in my sewing room.

Do you often have to change your plans for a garment half-way through like I had to with this top?

October 15, 2013

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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8 Comments

    • Emmely

      Thank you! While it is attractive to only show the finished garment and pretend everything went perfect while assembling it I think it’s more useful for other sewers to know they’re not the only ones that make (stupid) mistakes and that these mistakes usually can be fixed.

      Reply
      • Maria

        This is precisely why I enjoy reading your blog! I am learning to make things and along with that, I am learning how to make things better. Thank you for a great honest post.

        Reply
  1. Ali

    Love the style of the shirt & the colour. What type of fabric is it, it looks to have texture 😄

    Reply
    • Emmely

      It is cotton and a bit batiky like in how the dye is unevenly applied, but it’s not a quilting cotton.

      Reply
  2. ukcitycrafter

    Your pink buttons made me smile, I once bought a dress with a similar detail on it and wore it a lot until I saw a photo of myself in it – never again!

    Reply
    • Emmely

      I know, I really learned from this mistake! Be really careful where to place contrasting details…

      Reply

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