At one of our monthly meetings, there were a bunch of brown bags in the middle of the table - each sealed so you can't see the contents. Each member selects a bag and the goal is to make something (anything!) from the treasure you found in the bag. We did have some trading going on this year and I ended up with this fabric. You had two months to work on your project and then it was show time!
|My brown bag fabric, pattern and matching linen|
I did drag my feet a bit with this challenge. The main reason was because I couldn't decide on the pattern. I knew I wanted a blouse out of the fabric and I already had the red linen in my stash that matched perfectly for a skirt. So after about a month of putting it off, I finally decided Butterick 5889 would be the lucky winner.
|Needless to say, I didn't like mine at all!|
Also, I lengthened the whole blouse by 4 inches. Thank goodness I did that, or it would have been way, way to short.
I decided to cut the facings out of the linen skirt fabric and turn them to the front to add a little interest. In turning them, I wanted a bit of the sheer fabric to show so it would look like mini piping along the edge - I think that turned out ok. Also, I like the green buttons on the red linen down the front. Hang on, did I just say I liked something about this top?
|This view doesn't look so bad, but I still don't like it|
|Rescued the sleeve bands!|
And as the day went on, more and more compliments were coming my way. I was starting to feel a bit ill! What were they thinking! I just can't understand what everyone likes about it. Honestly, this blouse has been worn once and is now in the Charity Shop pile.
|Another view - not any better in this view|
|Am I trying to do a backbend or something in this pic?|