You have no idea how exciting it is to me to wear long sleeves in summer. When we went to Scandinavia 6 years ago, I was in heaven wearing long sleeves, knee socks, jeans, etc. in June. It's kind of a big deal!
I have a lot of these Lisette patterns, but this Simplicity 2059 is the first one I've sewn. And it was simple, as I'd hoped. I used a pinstriped linen and was surprised how fussy it was! It kept shifting under the pattern pieces, and even the rotary cutter, with a sharp, new blade, couldn't cut two layers of this fabric predictably in one pass. I doubted the entire time sewing that I'd cut the hem well, and even now I can't tell if the hem is droopier on the left or the right (the photo shows the right side lower than the left, but in real life the opposite appears true.) At one point, I thought maybe I accidentally bought burlap, this stuff was so coarse! Pretty sure it's a clear-cut case of heavyweight linen with maybe too much structure for this pattern. You'll see what I mean in a minute.
Without monkey business, I could have finished this cute little top in 3 hours or less. "What monkey business?" Funny you should ask....
- I thought it needed pockets. So I cut bias pockets so the stripes would be at a 45 degree angle from the rest of the shirt. One bright idea begets another...
- I have this 6mm rolled hem foot. Seemed like a good idea to use it to finish the pockets. Only, since the pockets were cut on the bias, they stretched out along the bottom during this brilliant rolled hem process.
- After deciding to pleat the bottoms of the pockets so they would resemble pockets one would find on clothing, I realized that I'd hemmed both pockets with stripes facing the same direction -- not opposite, as I'd planned.
At which point I found myself tossing about 4-letter-words in my head, and tossing the janky pockets into the remnant pile. And a good half hour from starting my pocket detour, I was back on track.
Oh, and there was another 30 minutes of monkey business with my serger! My good serger, not either of the two semi-working sergers I also own. I rarely serge -- normally french seam everything -- but with the princess seams in the back I decided to serge. Just a few seams in, a bottom looper thread kept breaking and I couldn't figure out why. Suddenly, I couldn't believe I denied french seams for this top. But I persisted, got the serger working again, and all was well.
After putting the whole top together, the bottom part of the back suddenly became ominously bulbous. Like maternity wear, but to accommodate a bump on your lower back. I mean, it's odd looking. I've decided I will give this top a trial run and see if sitting in a chair kind of smashes the bulbousness into submission. If not, I will try to give it a quick press flat with the iron and see if that will hold all day.
Is that an alien from Prometheus protruding from your lower back or are you just happy to see me?
All this assumes I will get used to the fabric! As a parent, I've read all about that kid who is uncomfortable in their clothes all day -- yanking at necklines that feel too constricting, taking off shoes to adjust the seam of the socks along the toes, clawing at clothing tags. Did you read about that kid? I kind of have that kid. And I WAS THAT KID, totally. I am still that kid. This burlappy linen had better break in soon or I will have another garment ready to be made into a bag.
Wrote a review of Simplicity 2059 over at PatternReview.com if you're interested....