When I read about Miss Crayola Creepy's Cat Lady Sewing Challenge, it seemed tailor made for me! Addicted to buying cat-themed cotton fabricsÉ. Check. Mum to three catsÉ. Check. Inability to type question mark after Bonnie my siamese mix has been lying on top of my keyboard againÉ. Check.
(excuse me while I ctrl + shift).
And we're back?!? Sigh.......Bonnnnnnnnnnnniiiieeeeee!!!!!
|Two days after we got her, weighing under a pound at 11 weeks old|
|Early on, Bonnie discovered how to get what she wants by giving me THAT LOOK|
|Legs that just won't quit|
|Punk phase Bonnie (her hair was growing back after her big operation)|
|Even the sartorial wisdom of Tim Gunn can't keep Bonnie awake nowadays|
|Baby Doll top from Chic and Simple Sewing book|
Cat Nap in Raspberry from Lizzy House for Andover for the main body of my top, and for the yoke and sleeves I cut into a nicely matching polka dot fabric from Rose and Hubble that I had bought during the summer while home in Glasgow.
There are only four pattern pieces for the Baby Doll (score!), a decided lack of mind-melting challenging techniques (gathering the sleeves being the most fiddly), and not even a zip in sight (another score!) so it should have been a straightforward easy make, but I got all up in my head about the reviews which said it was mega roomy when sewn up, and I started messing about altering the pattern pieces. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I'm not sure I understand fitting issues well enough to start going all Frankenstein on patterns right now.
|Avert your eyes from my rubbish freehand arrows please|
|I loved this! My first time doing a lining. Produces a very neat finish.|
|Wee Man makes himself comfortable (rare sighting of Bonnie in the background, not lying on my computer)|
|A top fit for Richard Kimble|
|Even though I had sewn up the side seams, I cut them off so that I could attach the sleeves in the flat cos that's just how I roll (and it's the only way I can cope with attaching sleeves)|
|Five inches too wide!|
|This probably isn't any real technique at all but I decided it was easiest way to get rid of 4 inches, sew a new side seam all the way up to the end of the sleeve hem|
|Minus 4 extra inches now|
|Wee bit sticky outy in front but no longer looks like I'm having triplets|
|Safety pin as fastener, as I don't have a hook and eye thing yet!|
|Gathered front bodice. I really like this technique which was on my shirtdress too|
|Nice top, shame about the stupit facial expression|
|Just getting worse, quit while you're ahead Tulloch|
|Not just an arse shot, but to see how the back sits. It actually skims my hips but looks like it's dead tight here|
Maybe I'll make a toile before I attempt making another version of this top. I'm also thinking that I made the classic beginner mistake of choosing the wrong type of fabric for this style (and kicking myself for not using a more suited drapey cheap cotton I bought at the garage sale where I also bought the material for my shirtdress), but it's all part of the learning curve and of course I wanted to use a cat print so I could take part in the Cat Lady Sewing Challenge.
|What Burt Bacharach was thinking of when he wrote The Look of Love?|
As the top didn't quite turn out how I wanted, I henceforth christen it as the Whatever Happened to Baby Dawn top (one of the best movie parodies French and Saunders ever did).