What causes the blatant pile of UFO's you ask…
Well, everything fits right, flatters when its still in the flat pattern stage… I think that's the heart of the reason I stash. In the 'some assembly required' stage every pattern, every piece of fabric every hem and every idea makes me look like the supermodel, while its just cut out.
|Marfy 0303 and some random Pinterst outfit|
I will also confess that somethings I start just to work through some construction trick or to see how the fabric will handle a certain shape. Some ideas work out better than others.
I like to take the shape or image of a pattern and reinterpret it in my own way.
That brings me to Marfy 0303 which is a free pattern provided in the graph with the 2014 Marfy catalog. I only gave the pattern a passing glance because I'm not convinced that the sheath is my best look and well frankly, its a little plain considering the rest of the catalog. Then I saw another blogger Core Couture make it up and I was a little impressed. Then I saw this top on Pintrest and I said "heeyyyyy, I know that pattern!"
So, I have this baby soft and sturdy cotton and lycra knit from Sew Much Fabric (hurry, its still in stock) that is the perfect navy and cream.
Another reason I have a pile of WIP's (accounting terms for UFO) is because cutting is soooooo easy. For as long as my home contains a little corner for work, my office will contain a little corner of heaven. They assigned me HUGE desk, what did they really expect me to do?
Here is a pic of part of my little lunch room (the office doesn't have one). Don't get my wrong, I have another small table that I fix salad on everyday, but this is the 'recess' part of lunch. My new sewing project bag from Form & Fabric is what keeps me from forgetting things like scissors, interfacing, pins and all those other essentials. At a hefty 10" by 16" everything fits and it slides perfectly into my computer bag. This is where I also trace patterns, the daylight is awesome.
For those of you who have never "taken the plunge" and made your first Marfy, this is how I approach the whole no-instructions conundrum.
- Look at the pattern and think through it.
- Make a note of the matching letters which are clearly marked.
- Lay it out in order, I often take a picture of the pattern as assembled for reference.
- I measure the pattern Bust, waist and hips and plan alterations.
- Consider and note what interfacing is needed and where.
- Consider the finishes and closures. Things like button plackets, hems, arms and neckline as well as other details will affect seam allowances.
As for construction order:
First, I stabilized. Fusible interfacing gets fused and seams get starched to tame the curl.
- Finished the front neckline. This is necessary as the first steps since it intersect the bodice as a crossover.
- Stitched the right upper bodice to the bodice, pivoting at the center front (slit through the SA).
- Oh yeah, finish the back neckline.
- Sew the front to the back
- Check the fit. Do I want to create a sleeve?
- Finish the armholes. I just turned and stitched with a zigzag
There you go, 8 steps to a new top.