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Friday, May 30, 2008

UFO's

I'm heading into exams over the next 2 weeks but afterwards I have 3 weeks off. Yayyy!! My "in the holidays" list has grown to ginormous proportions. Luckily I didn't specify which holidays I was going to do it all in. ;-)

Anywhoo - whilst clearing the decks a bit and putting the covers on my machines, I unearthed the ever growing UFO pile. I figured I could give one last night to tackling a couple. Any excuse to procrastinate a bit more.

First up was the mesh Ottobre Rose top I started a few weeks ago. It was sitting here waiting for the hem to be done. I'm not entirely happy with it and I obviously need some better support with those floobies at the side! The side seam easing from the fba is also off even with taking the side seams in. What the heck - it'll be fine under a jacket. Or, I could just never lift my arms. Of course then I could never do anything. That appeals. See, there's always a silver lining - sewing mistakes mean you can get a housekeeper! LOL, now to just convince hubby... I still want to make a purple top to go underneath this - in my holidays, lol. (Here it's over a teal top which will not be worn with it normally)




The second top I finished was a version of Simplicity 4076. This had been sitting there about 2 years (just checked - only 1 year so that's not so bad is it?) I'd had ideas of making this sleeveless and had it finished except for the hem. What the heck was I thinking?! Well, ok it didn't look too bad, except for the pasty white arms. A black top would solve that. But I'd used clear elastic to stabilise the armholes and they were too tightly fitted. I decided to unpick the elastic and fix that first. By the time that was done (and it was serged on) I was leaning towards sleeves. I hunted out the remnants of the fabric and managed to squeeze out two long sleeves. It's now finished. I'm not sure what's going on with the wrinkles above the bust (you can see them above the camera). I'm wondering if I'd trimmed the armholes 2 years ago? The jury's out on it.


I've been really slack with regard to comments lately, but I just want to say Thank You to everyone who does stop to say Hi. I do appreciate it. :)

9 comments:

Vicki said...

Congratulations on getting those two finished. I have a half done long sleeve top somewhere I could possibly finish.....

Kat said...

Oh you are WAY too hard on yourself! I did not notice any floobies until you mentioned them and thought the tops looked terrific. That first one is such a lovely print and that's what people will be thinking when they see it. I would not worry at all about the wrinkles above the bust. Sometimes they're just dependent on the type of knit, or you could just dart out that excess or do a shoulder slide on the pattern to remove them the next time you make the top. I just think no one will notice. The side gathering details on this top are what people look at IMO.

Alexandra said...

I think the tops look great! And your UFO pile just got smaller - that's always a good thing.

Sherril said...

Having to study for finals will definitely make me want to work on anything else (including UFOs) but the books. I know what a stressful time these two weeks will be for you. I may gain 5 pounds just thinking about what you'll be going through. However, just keep in mind that they will be over soon and then you can sew. Now get in there and get ready for those finals!

Connie B said...

Good luck with those exams. Yay you for getting 2 UFO's out of the way. Now you can create some more!

Alicia said...

Good luck on exams! I think both tops look great, though, since I'm in a cozy mood, I especially love the grey one. It looks so comfortable. Congrats on thinning out that UFO pile!

Anonymous said...

Good luck from me too,Keely! Having had 2 kids going through 2 degrees each in the last 10 years, I can empathise.Doing it with a family is even harder-well done for even being there!!
Aless

angie.a said...

Floobies!! BWHAHAHA!! I have those :D

The tops are so cute though! If it makes you feel better, I need to hem a top that's CUTE, FITS, and has been finished except for hems since February. That's just goofy! We all do it!

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