The “That’s Good Enough” Top
Fabric: Thrifted white cotton, thrifted gauze print, $1
Pattern: Colette Patterns Crepe
Notions: Embroidery floss, double-sided applique transfer, $4
Time to complete: 12 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again: Sadly, no.
Total Cost: $5
Hey, you know what I'll probably never do again? Ever? Sew seven dress in seven days! The adrenaline produced while actually being in the midst of the challenge has long gone and now I'm a sewing shell of a woman. That's precisely why The Sew Weekly Monday site refresh was late and why I created something that, sadly, I won't be wearing again.
My week after the challenge involved extreme tiredness from a one-day trip to NY, a (still) broken sewing machine, life and all its drama, watching my daughter, volunteering for four hours at the BurdaStyle booth at the Maker Faire and then, finally on Sunday, beginning my weekly creation. Yes, I didn't start until yesterday morning. That's how burned out I was.
I had originally planned on embellishing the yellow Crepe that I made for the Mother's Day challenge. But, of course, that would have been too easy! So instead, I decided I was going to make another Crepe! And I was going to do some majorly ambitious embroidery to the neckline!
I'd love to say that I created something as fabulous as it looks in photos. But, the truth is, this shirt is a full-on Monet*. The way that I did this embroidery was very similar to the "Not on My Watch" outfit. I cut out fabric to use as an applique, attached it using double-sided iron-on adhesive and then embroidery directly onto the fabric as a guide. Because the pattern of the fabric was so intricate, there was a lot of white space — that's where the problem lies. The fabric's white is a little darker than the white of the blouse so it looks all messy and hacked together.
It's quite sad because I spent about 10 hours on the embroidery yesterday. Luckily, a good bulk of that time was spent at the park and it turned out to be quite a pleasant day. But still, I don't need to spend ten hours on a top that I'm not going to even wear.
And, oh yeah, it was supposed to be a Crepe dress. I was so defeated that I said, eff that, and just made it a poorly constructed top.
And that was my week.
* The Clueless reference: "It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess."