Saturday, April 3, 2010

It's No Garden Party

It's a sack. At least that's how the Indygo Junction Garden Party Pullover looks on me. The description says it's a mid-hip pullover with raglan, cap sleeves that are easy to sew and comfortable to wear. The inset can be adjusted up or down depending on desired coverage. Gentle gathers above the bust add an easy fit and empire seaming in the back is slimming.

They are right, it was easy to sew and is comfortable to wear. But so would a bag. I have to admit that since this fit over my body and especially my bust, before I lost weight I might have be tempted to be happy with the fit of this blouse. I think what appealed to me about this blouse was the pretty fabrics on the front of the envelope. In muslin, it doesn't look good at all.

Does that empire seam look slimming to you? I think all those seams in the back break it up and add inches. However, I did use the seam to take my swayback adjustment and it looks to be successful. The raglan sleeve seam, which is hard to see in the picture, might be a good place to make my sloping shoulder adjustment if I were inclined to actually make this garment. Which I'm not.

So, while I've wasted a day of tracing and cutting/sewing my muslin, I'm am not going to waste any more time and fabric on this pattern. I have already decided what my next project is going to be.

I'm going to make a skirt and blouse from these fabrics. The purple will be a skirt using S2609 and the blouse will be my Kenneth King Clone top I made from a RTW blouse. I think the two patterns will look good together.

Unfortunately I haven't made the skirt before, but I think I'm going to just measure and plow forward with my purple silk noil and anti-static lining. The blouse fabric is a stretch cotton shirting. I'm definitely going to make the sleeves shorter on the blouse as it will be for a spring outfit. I love the idea of an elastic waist skirt because it should last longer during my weight loss. All my pants are getting so baggy in the butt that I'm embarrassed to wear them. I've gone from size 20 to 18 and now I'm wearing 16s that are baggy in the butt.

I want to thank everyone for their encouraging words regarding my weight loss. I couldn't be more happy with myself. I know I didn't gain it over night and it will take over a year to come off, but I've never felt so empowered to actually make my goal. Sondra, your comment on my last post really spoke to me. My husband doesn't read my blog and doesn't know how much I weigh either. He's 6'2" tall and just this week I've lost enough to weigh the exact same as he does. If I were to dwell on that, I might not have the courage to move forward. My next goal is to weigh less than my son who is at 165 pounds.

Happy Easter to you all. I hope you have a great weekend.


  1. "I couldn't be more happy with myself." <3 ;) Yippy! Yahoo!!
    Gooooo, Sherril!!!
    Soft hug,
    Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

  2. Too bad about the Indygo Junction pattern. It is a pretty style but if you don't like it you definitely have the right attitude to move on to the next project. The fabrics are very nice and will make a lovely outfit.

  3. Muslins do serve their purpose don't they? Aren't you glad you didn't use your beautiful fabric, only to dislike the finished garment? At least now you know.

  4. There is something about that curved seaming over the bust that just isn't doing you justice. I like your next blouse project much better and think it will look great, particularly with the shorter sleeves. You have such a great sense of what is right on you. I really admire how you DON'T make it work. You cut your losses and move on to something that really looks great on your. That is a wonderful outlook. Keep up the great hard work with your weight loss. We are all pulling for you. But remember, we are crazy about you no matter what size.

  5. Just discovered your blog. I think you'll be happy with the S2609 skirt. I made it last spring on a whim and was pleasantly surprised at how flattering it is, particularly since it is elastic waisted. The yoke seam falls at just the right spot to slim the hips. It's very nice. Easy to sew and comfortable as well. Now I must go make another...

  6. I'd love to hear what eating plan you are using. It's been fun to read about your weight loss and I do agree that muslin doesn't flatter at all.

  7. Well poo. I was h oping it would work out! Move on though, that's what I've been doing. Leads to a lot fewer UFOs :D

    haha, I had to laugh at your comment about your next goal. My son only weighs 135 lbs (at 5'11!) That's what I weighed when he was 1 yr old. I don't think I'd recognize myself that thin!

  8. I agree with you on the muslin just wasn't working. Good luck with the skirt and shirt.

  9. Your comment about how you probably would have worn the top before you lost your weight hits home. There have been times that I am just glad I can get something on. I'm not really at that place now, though.
    You are empowered by this weight loss. You are a real inspiration to me. I have started a Fat Fighting Friday post that you may be interested in reading.
    I love the purple fabrics. I think the elastic waist skirt is a brilliant idea.


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