Sunday, April 4, 2010

Finished tulip sleeves

As is so often the case, I raced to get these sleeves set in because they were the design element which really excited me. And I am utterly delighted with how they look. Cute and girly and puffy without being too OTT. (Well, I don't think so anyway).

And then I ran out of enthusiasm for the dress. I know pretty much how I'm going to finish it, but I was not inspired to do so after getting to this point.

I was, however, inspired to draft and make this for Isabella on Friday.

The pattern of the fabric makes the design lines hard to see. It has princess seams from the armhole, and there is a sort of indent in the armhole where the panels meet to really play that element up. I wasn't thinking when I topstitched those seams though and stitched them the wrong way. At least with this busy print it isn't obvious, but in a solid colour it would look odd. That's what you get for steaming away till 12.30am because you HAVE to finish this dress tonight so she can wear it tomorrow. For no particular reason.

I've learnt over the years that if it is possible I should go where the mojo leads - if I'm not inspired to work on something it won't get my best efforts and I could use the procrastinating time productively anyway. So the white dress has been hanging half finished for a couple of days, but Isabella has a new dress. Works for me!


  1. I was looking forward to seeing those sleeves and they are not a disappointment! And I am totally the same way. The exciting part gets done and then I'm sort of just obligated to finish. I don't like that. I've learned to just stop too, because I tend to make lots of simple mistakes that I wouldn't otherwise.

    I love that little jumper, I'd like to see another one in a solid to appreciate the details. So get working. LOL

  2. OK, I have a question about the patterns in the Aldrich.... do you find her suggested ease good? I'm meaning on the clothing patterns, where she adds xx cm to each measurement. I was just wondering if you go with these (or similar for your own designs) or if you have a different set that you prefer (and is that more or less ease). I'm going to try doing a block for TLo this week and make some summer tunics adn dresses. (Sorry if there are typos, I don't have my glasses on and I can't actually see the words I'm typing so I'm just assuming this is legible)

  3. keep sharing with us, please....I will waiting your up date everyday!! Have a nice and relax day! ..................................................

  4. The sleeves are great. The print dress is really cute. The little model is adorable.

  5. Very cute. I agree - show us a plain version too!