Never has it taken me so long to make one simple top. Neither have I ever had so much trouble with a pattern. And I've done a lot of fashion sewing in my day, including tailoring suits and more than one wedding dress.
It took two tries to get a collar that fit this neckline. And two tries to make the armscye binding fit. I don't know if I was off on my seam allowance, if there was a problem with the pattern, or if I was just having an "off day."
Here's the pattern:
I guess anyone close enough to see the sloppy collar won't be looking at my collar! AND there is an ink blot right in the front -- don't know if it was on the fabric or if it picked up from the ruler when I was marking the front pleats. I had success removing ink from some t-shirts (SOMEONE left his razor-point felt tip in his pocket when he put his shirt in the laundry. Not naming names, but I only know one person who likes that kind of pen!) using hairspray, so after I wear this today, I'll try removing the ink.
The fabric is from the Filigree Collection by artgallery fabrics, purchased last June at G Street Fabrics last June when DH and I went to visit My Little Sailor at Ft. Meade, Maryland. Artgallery uses the finest grey goods for their fabric, their quilting cottons are nicer than a lot of fashion fabric cottons.
Hancock Fabrics has Butterick patterns on sale this week for 99 cents, maybe I'll try a different pattern for my next summer top.
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