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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Almost A Wadder


I'm still working on tops for the four pairs of leggings I made on New Year's day. This is McCalls 6241 but it almost wound up being wadder.







Why was it almost a wadder? I don't know why I didn't recognize that it was designed much like the Vogue 1250 Donna Karan dress that was all the rage a couple of summers ago. The pattern is super easy but I looked a HOT ASS MESS when I tried it on.

Just like the Vogue pattern, I had an enormous amount of fabric pooling right in the front just below the waist and onto the top of my thighs. The sleeves were super long and to add insult to injury, while sewing it I managed to bend the lower looper on my serger and break a piece off of the needle threader on my main machine! Is this thing cursed? Now both machines are in the repair shop!

I finally "Tim Gunned" it into submission and it is wearable. I wound up cutting 4" off of the bottom and it is no longer assymetric. It is super comfortable and I absolutely love the fabric. I wore it Friday and got lots of compliments. "Would I make it again, you ask?" Let's just say it is in the same trash pile that the Vogue 1250 pattern wound up in. I would not recomment this to others unless they had great success with 1250.

9 comments:

  1. I'm glad you were able to make it work! Is that a burnout fabric you used?

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  2. Very cute. I'm glad you were able to save it.

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  3. Great save with this top. Love the fabric you made it from.

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  4. Ouch! Thanks for the heads up on that pattern, although it looks like you've done a great job saving your top.

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  5. What a shame that this top caused so many problems, but I guess the silver lining is getting compliments on the finished top. Kudos for your tenacity to making it work!

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  6. Oh my! I had to laugh out loud while reading this post. Why? Because that was exactly my experience with this pattern. It was so bad, my husband called it my version of Denise Huxtable's "Gordon Gartrell". Glad you made it work. I wore mine out one time and got too many stares (not the nice kind). So, in the trash it went.

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  7. I also had issues with this pattern. I think I ended up taking it in 2-3 inches on both sides, and it's still VERY slouchy on me. If I ever get pregnant, it will come in very handy.

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  8. Sorry you had a bad time with this pattern,but it turned out really nice. Hope your next project is a breeze.

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  9. I'm glad too that you were able to save this top! That fabric is gorgeous!

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