The “Life Happens” Blouse | Debi Fry
Fabric: 1.5 metres red polyester fabric £6 from Edinburgh Fabrics
Pattern: McCall 1192
Year: c. 1945
Notions: 12 metres red sequins £6
Time to complete: 12 hours so far…
Wear again? I am lovin' this blouse
Total Cost: ~£12
Ambitious project + Crazy life events = Unfinished object
For this week's sew weekly theme I was super excited to delve into a project that I've been wanting to do for awhile:
So I began my sequines blouse. I had some soft and drapey polyester fabric in my stash and found the perfect matching sequins at my local fabric store. I set out to cut my fabric and then the doorbell rang. Someone very official looking. They handed us an envelope. In it was a notice to quit our flat–the woman that owns the apartment wants to move back to Edinburgh and we have until the middle of July to pack up all our belongings and find a new place to live. What???? For those of you who follow my blog, you'll know that we just moved into this flat–exactly six months ago. We love it. In fact, we just unpacked our last box. Arrrggggg…
So I go back to cutting out my fabric (bad idea) and it slips around and I mess it up! To make matters worse, I didn't have enough fabric to recut the main pieces!! grumbly, grumbly….Luckily I ended up finding more fabric at the fabric store that matched the sequins! phew! Cutting it the second time around I was much more careful, while desperately trying to not think about all the work it's going to take to pack up again, the pain of canceling and restarting our telephone, gas, electric services, etc. etc.
How long could it possibly take to make this blouse? After all, I've got strings of sequins, it's not like I have to sew each one on individually. My dear readers, I think I suffer from an acute disease called Severe Time Underestimation Disorder (STUD). Seriously, what was I thinking? That I could whip this up in a weekend?? (just to clarify…yes, that's exactly what I was thinking!!)
To add the sequins, you basically slipstitch the thread onto the stamped design. The tricky part is you have to fold under the string at each of the ends and whipstitch those under the sequins for each swirly design (because all the swirly designs are not connected). It's pretty straightforward but the slippy fabric makes it a bit more difficult! 18 swirly designs are done so far and there are 9 left. It takes about 30 minutes to an 1 hour to complete each one!
I really love the design on the back of the blouse! There is going to be an opening down the middle of the upper back–exactly between the two middle designs. If I can get away with not putting the opening in the back then I'll just leave it!
And if I thought my week was bad enough, I also found out that I'm being made redundant at work. I knew this was a distinct possibility but we found out that we aren't getting the funding that would have continued my position. I'm devastated. I love my job. I've found the perfect mix of wonderful colleagues, amazing boss, neat location, nice environment, amazing work and good work-life balance (When do all of those ever happen all at once???) I've been super sad all week long.
To cheer me up, David even spent three hours sewing sequins onto the blouse with a big bottle of wine with me! How sweet is that??? It definitely cheered me up (though despite our efforts I still didn't complete the blouse)!!
The good news is that I am feeling much more optimistic today. The whole team at work is trying really hard to bring in some additional funding and I've got a few grants that I'm working on (I do research for my day job). So I am trying to see the bright side–new opportunities and experiences! Hopefully it will all work out but I'm trying not to stress out about it! Maybe I should invest in Wearing History's 'Smooth Sailing' trousers pattern :) hehehehe…that might bring me good luck!
I'm also definitely looking forward to finishing this blouse. We have international visitors flying in tomorrow to stay for a week so that will cheer me up too and hopefully I'll have some time to finish adding the sequins.
I wanted to say a big thank you to Mena for being so supportive this week with my delayed sewing. Do you ever have those crazy weeks, months, years where all it seems to be are lots of changes?