Coulda Been Awesome
Posted 5 August, 08on:
Some people think that everything I sew comes out well. Here is proof positive that it just ain’t so. We all have the occasional clunker.
I wanted to make the Kaiku tunic from the 04/08 issue of Ottobre. Since it wasn’t the right size, I had to resize the pattern. I won the fabric as a door prize at the American Sewing Guild conference in Chicago. As luck would have it, I had a scrap of knit that was the perfect the color for the bands.
The pattern pieces just looked long to me, so I measured. Even for a tunic, the pattern is a bit long for my taste. I highly recommend measuring the length before cutting it out. The cutting was quick. I was excited at the possibility of being able to wear a new top to my dinner party. Before sewing the side seams, I decided to do a little pin fitting. Since this is a children’s pattern, I thought I might need to curve the side seams a bit. Boy, I am glad I tried it on. The fabric stretched to epic proportions. The band that was suppose to be right under my bust hung down to my waist. The “tunic” was practically a dress. It was no fault of the pattern. The fabric is just evil.
This is not even one I can finish up and donate to the thrift shop. The fabric just keeps growing and growing. On the positive side, I was able to test out the pattern. It’s a shame because the fabric was pretty and I really liked it with the cranberry trim. Oh well…onto the next project.