Last Sunday I had the house to myself all afternoon while Bill played golf, and I decided to sew. I've had this Built by Wendy pattern ( 4112) for a while, and I decided to make a mock-up version out of a thrifted sheet to see how it looks before spending any money on fabric. It's a very easy and fast project. (For me to finish something is one day is almost unheard of.)
When I finished I modelled it for Bill, and he said, "I don't really like the individual elements of it, like the sleeves or the belt, but it actually looks good on you." I think that sums things up pretty well. I think it is flattering, in that it gives the illusion that I have a waist. The giant bell sleeves are pretty extreme, but somehow they work.
I will definitely use this pattern again. I think it will look good in a more conservative fabric, to counter its flouncy-ness -- a dark stripe, for example. I'm not sure I'll wear this version. If I do, I think the key will be to de-flounce the rest of the outfit so as not to suggest that I am indeed wearing a flowered bedsheet.
I lacked the patience for buttonholes and wanted to try snaps. Unfortunately, the pearl snaps I chose are way too heavy-duty for this fabric (especially because there is no interfacing in the front facing), so I have to undo them very carefully. I do like a pearl snap, though. More pearl snaps, I say! I'll leave you with my favourite shot of the day -- got the whole outfit in, from head to toe:
* Big girl's blouse is a phrase I heard for the first time just a few years ago, when I was working with Australian Danny in Taipei -- most likely while listening to triple j radio in the office -- and I think it is hilarious. (Being a grammar avenger, much of the hilarity for me arises from the ambiguity of the adjective. Is big modifying girl or blouse? Plus the word blouse is just funny, like slacks.)
p.s. Mooky looks much better today -- thanks for your sympathy. He can open his eye and there is less pus and swelling than yesterday, which is a huge relief. I know it's not nice, but I hope the other cat looks worse.