Pink Flounce Top – Simplicity 2554


This is another version of my “what was I thinking” face.

If I was Jack Donaghy and this shirt was Liz Lemon I’d have to say “Good God, Lemon!” (I’ve been watching a lot of 30 Rock lately).


Excuse me if this is a more philosophical post rather than technical sewing post.

This top is not working. Sure, it’s not terrible and it is certainly comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with it per-se but I’m just not digging the style.

I saw this pattern in the store and liked the look of the flounce sleeve effect of this shirt (and no, I did not purposefully try to make an exact copy of the top in the photo, I just happened to have a lot of this pink jersey in my stash). However, in real life I find these flutters just plain annoying. I mean really. What am I supposed to do with these things? They never lay – I don’t know, what’s the word? Normal? Flattering? Un-blob like?


Maybe it is because the flounces are set so close together? Perhaps if they were set more off to the side I’d like it more? Who knows?

So since I’ve decided I don’t like this top I will probably send it to Goodwill and chalk this one up to experience and learning – more experience sewing knits and learning what I don’t like.


By now I’m at a skill level that I don’t dislike my creations because they don’t fit or they have some structural problem. Instead I’m facing the fact that sometimes things aren’t my style – like this shirt design. With sewing you don’t have the luxury of trying on something ahead of time to decide if you like it. And lately I’ve bought and sewn patterns that I look good in theory and are disappointing as a finished product.

Does anyone else have this problem? It can be an expensive one and one that I’m determined to learn sooner rather than later because I want a wardrobe that reflects my personal style – a style that I haven’t quite defined as of yet…


So here’s the question – How has sewing helped you develop your style? Were you interested in fashion before you started sewing? I never was, now I find myself oogling over NY Fashion Week runway photos. How would you define you personal style and how is that reflected by what you sew? Do you feel like you are proficient enough to sew clothes that reflect your style or are you still learning?

Cynthia Rowley Botched Striped Dress(Simplicity 2250)

Have you ever been halfway through a project when you suddenly realized that it is going to be a disaster? At that point you must decide whether or not to continue and hopefully learn something from the mishap or give up on it completely and move on. In addition you are reminded why you really should have made a muslin.

For this dress I had that exact experience and I decided to trudge through it.

I should explain that when I first bought this pattern I thought the bodice was made up of mostly gathers. Turns out it’s all darts and after sewing up the bodice I realized it was a hot mess and it only got hotter and messier as I sewed the rest together. Other than the sloppy bodice the fit is good but the details annoy me.

There seems to be no way to tie the flaps on the back in an acceptable fashion and the bodice front was longer than the bodice lining no matter what I tried to do. So I just sewed the skirt to the level of the lining which made the bodice look funky and also makes the skirt look too high and uneven at the waist.

uneven bodice at the bottom

The fabric is a linen look (meaning it’s got polyester in it) that I bought on sale at Joann.

Maybe if I used a horizontal stripe fabric rather than vertical I’d like the bodice more but the bodice also has pleats in places and those look so much better than the darts so maybe it’s just the pattern?

this is my “what was I thinking” face

I hoped it would be better when all the pieces were together but the final result is still a disappointment. Apparently Simplicity thinks my boobs ought to be three inches higher because the bodice is so bunchy right there (as you can see me pulling on the fabric in the pic above). Lumpy boobs is not a good look for me.

The skirt design is made up of several random sections of pleats mixed with gathers but after accidentally sewing the skirt on to the bodice inside out (a mistake made after realizing how bad the bodice was) I had to seam rip it and reattach the skirt. After that I didn’t feel like being so exact about all the gathers and pleats so I just made it fit.

Maybe I’ll re try this dress again someday only next time I’ll gather and pleat the bodice to make the same effect and hopefully I’ll get a better fit. Oh, well. At least this was a learning experience for me.


Even Peanut thinks it’s a hot mess and Peanut is never wrong…

Dixie DIY Chirstmas: Fabric Scrap Wreath

Supplies: floral wreath, ribbon, fabric scraps

Cost: $1.99 for the wreath, scraps and ribbon were leftovers

Time: about an hour depending on how fast you can cut

Difficulty: Easy

Casualties: None!

I had so many pieces of fabric leftover from other projects from previous Christmases and I can never get rid of extra fabric. This is a great way to use up scraps.

I cut strips of fabric about 2 in by 8 in. Yours would depend on the thickness of your wreath. Then I tied the fabric around the wreath until the entire wreath was covered.

For a little something extra I wrapped red ribbon all around the wreath. It also doubles as a hanger for the wreath.