I mentioned in my last post that I did finish the Honey Blouse from Make it Perfect. I fell in love with the pattern a few months ago when I had stumbled across it on another sewing blog. It looked like it would be just the kind of top I could easily live in. I ordered it from Pink Chalk straight away and then started my search for fabric. With (BF)G's help, I finally settled on a cotton lawn with a bright and abstract print on white background that I found at Fabric.com. Once pattern and fabric had both arrived I was so excited to dive right into sewing... and then I read some reviews of the pattern that weren't really enticing, but still I thought, can't be that bad and I really loved the look of it, so I opened the pattern up, ready to trace and set to work and understood the basis for the unfavourable reviews.
For a full priced pattern there's a lot of work to be done. Pattern pieces that need to be traced together are printed back to back on smaller paper and then there are several pieces that need to be just cut to measurements with no pattern piece at all. I can understand that it cuts back on printing for the publisher of the pattern, but at $12, I expected a little more. I tossed the instructions aside after about the first sentence as they just weren't reading well to me - although that could just be me being finicky. I have to say in all honesty I really did not enjoy the making of this pattern. From start to finish I was annoyed with it.
My whole disgruntlement could really just be me. After sewing my Jamie Dress and thoroughly loving the whole process of it, maybe my expectations were just simply set too high. The Sis Boom pattern, as you may recall, went together like a dream. The instructions were clear and thorough not too mention intuitive. I just wasn't getting that feeling from the Honey Blouse.
Despite the annoyance with the pattern, I am really happy to say I did end up with a blouse I love. It's comfortable, fits pretty well (although a touch roomy in the hips) and I have worn it several times. Definitely worth the frustrations I had making it. I can truly say I love my Honey Blouse now that it's finished and I'm so glad I persevered!!
(photos once again curtesy of Little Man)
Up next in sewing I have a little project to finish for someone, then possibly another warm weather top for myself and a new pair of warm weather pj pants for (BF)G. After that it may have to be another set of jammies for the little boys because I'm getting tired of having to wash the digger ones every second day. (That's all they want to wear and oh the anguish when they need to be washed as you know, clothes sometimes do...). In between that the Christmas knitting continues as does work on my Miette Cardi.