not quite convincing…

As promised, here is the only project I was able to finish in the past weeks (aside from some curtains for our staircase and the bathroom).
I bought the pattern, Vogue 2859,  already quite some time ago on sale, a 30ies set, consisting of a dress, a coat and a wrap blouse. When the HSF-challenge “#3 Pink” was coming closer I decided to realize the blouse in a pink, floating fabric I once had bought for my prom dress, but not used entirely (like the black fabric I used to complain about). After I had cut the pattern and the fabric something very unexpected and  devastating happened in out family and I was neither in the mood nor had I time to sew.  So I never completed the challenge, but was very amused (well, as amused as I was able to be back then) that some other participant had had the same idea: Black tulip made the exact same pattern from a very similar fabric.

But even this wasn’t enough to get me back on track, so the pattern pieces lay cut in my stash until I decided to get rid of this project before moving, because I was already suspicious if I would really like it and feared to never finish it. So close before moving into our new apartment I was able to fool myself, prohibiting me to start something new and so, forcing me to face this project.

The pattern is quite tricky. The pattern pieces do look very unfamiliar and you really have to stay concentrated not to make any mistakes. But after you have sewn the few large parts together  it comes together comparably quick.


A thing I did not like was the instruction to hem the ties, in my opinion you will always see the hemmed inside and never the right one, Murphy’s law. So I doubled them and turned them over instead.


Please note that the pattern is very short, as it is to be expected from a 30ies design. It is meant to be worn with the dress underneath, so at the moment it just sits on my sewing mannequin, waiting for me to buy or make a simple black dress to go with it (a problem I face with a beautiful antique 30ies blouse I own as well, I would so love to wear it but own nothing to pair it with).


But maybe this will never happen, because there are some other features I am not quite confident with: I don’t like that you see the seam of the scarf. My fabric is quite shiny so it is even more evident than in other versions I saw. A different fabric could help, but I am sure as long as I can see it, it will never be ok to me. If I am going to make this blouse again I will have to find an alternative to this way of sewing the scarf. But I would have to anyway, because the other thing I am not happy with, is that it sits too tight for my taste. I am very sensitive when it comes to clothing sitting close to my throat and this blouse is just too close to feel comfortable for me. So maybe it will never make its way into my wardrobe.

I am going to announce you something really exiting (at least for me) soon and it is connected with some new projects!
So see you soon, love,


7 thoughts on “not quite convincing…

  1. Wie schade! So hübsch, aber eine Bluse, die einem die Kehle zuschnürt, ist wirklich kaum zu gebrauchen.

    Ich hoffe, du hast das traurige Ereignis einigermaßen gut überstanden 🙂

  2. Danke dir. Ja, inzwischen sind wir wieder in der Normalität angelangt, auch wenn so traurige Ereignisse doch immer Spuren hinterlassen.
    Ich glaube das mit dem Kehle zuschnüren liegt weniger am Schnitt als an mir (ich habe die Schilddrüse in Verdacht), denn ich habe von niemandem gehört, der ein ähnliches Problem hat. Aber dass es eine Wickelbluse ist und im Rücken festgebunden ist, trägt sicher auch nicht grad zum Komfort am Hals bei.
    Also 1m weniger Stoff im Lager, ein Kleidungsstück für die Altkleidersammlung und wieder Platz für ein neues Projekt, manchmal hilft nur pragmatisch denken 😉
    lg ette

  3. Schilddrüse könnte gut sein; ich habe das Problem nämlich 🙂
    Gleichmäßiger Rollkragen geht, aber alles, was an einer kurzen Stelle eng anliegt, ist unerträglich. Lass das mal checken.

  4. Ja, so geht es mir auch, gleichmässig eng ist ok. Es gibt noch ein paar andere Indikatoren bei mir, zudem hat meine Grossmutter eine Überfunktion. Also ich sollte da auf jeden Fall mal was machen lassen. Aber wie das so ist, solange ich mich nicht krank fühle, schieb ich es vor mir her.

  5. Das ist ganz schnell erledigt: kleine Blutabnahme und gut ist. Bei mir hat es sich ja sehr heftig gezeigt und das war nicht so schön. Tu das mal, dann bin ich zumindest beruhigt 😀

  6. The color is so nice. I would not have noticed the seam unless you pointed it out so you can be a little more confident. Isn’t it funny how a pattern jumps out at us and then we make it and have a completely different opinon? This has happened to me several times thsi year alone! Happy sewing — Annie

  7. Thank you, yes, I am often too critical and see flaws that other wouldn’t even notice.
    And it happens to me so often, that a pattern turns out completely different than I expected. In fact this one didn’t, I still like the floating fabric and the colour, so these are issues of another kind. But most of the time I chose the wrong fabric and because of this many projects are much less successful than I wish them to be.

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