The “Cogswell Cogs” Blouse
Pattern: Simplicity 2599
Fabric: 1 1/4 yds lightweight black cotton from stash
Notions: 13 cogs (or washer like things-) and 13 sew on rhinestones from stash
Time to complete: A couple of days to stress about not feeling the embellishment thing, one day to run crying to Tempest and for her to encourage me, and about 3 or 4 hrs to cut, sew, and embellish
First Worn: Sunday
Wear again?: probably not
Total Cost: $0
I’m not sure why this challenge was so difficult for me. I just couldn’t get it together in my head and these long, lazy summer days make me want to be lazy. They make me want to lay around and hang out with my son and watch TV. I have a dress that a friend gave me. It’s one of those big billowy chiffon numbers with a lot of gathering and a sequined swirly thing sewn across it. She said her mother-in-law wore it to her wedding. I took it apart and was going to make a light dress out of it and use the sequin thing to hide a small stain but I didn’t have the energy to piece the bodice together and I guess I felt like it was kind of a cop out. I am an over achiever and these low achieving days make me feel bad. Lucky for me Tempest reminded me that I am supposed to be having fun with these challenges and that even a small contribution is a contribution. So here it is-
I like the embellishment but I don’t like the top. I checked the neck to bust measurement and thought I needed to make my usual adjustment only to find that I was wrong. After sewing the darts and attaching the front and back I put it on and saw that the bust points were too low. I went ahead and brought them up but I’m still not happy with the fit. To make the collar I used the front and back facings. I cut 2 of the front piece and 4 of the back. I thought it might be better to have a wider collar so I extended it but in the end I wasn’t happy with that either. Honestly I’m just not used to such a plain looking top. It makes me feel a bit dowdy. I think if I’d had a little more fabric so that I could have made it a dress I would be happier with it. I had a hard time styling it too. I’m not in love with it with these jeans but it was the best I could do.
Here’s a close up of the embellishment-
I love shopping the hardware store for pieces to make jewelry out of. I made a necklace using these cogs, craft wire, and swarovski crystals. When I got bored of it I took it apart to use the crystals for another project. I love the way the cogs look with the wire and the rhinestones are perfect in the center of each one.
So here are the options as I see them. I can buy a little more of that fabric and attach it to the bottom to make it a cute little dress. I think I would make the collar narrower too. Or, I can make something I like better and remove the embellishment from the top to add it to that project. Either way it will most likely sit around for a while. What do you think? Maybe you have your own idea. If so-I’d be happy to hear it.
I got the title from the cartoon The Jetsons. I remember Cogswell Cogs looking like the hardware I used here. I’m probably wrong but it’s still a fun title.
I want to thank Tempest for pulling me across the finish line this week! Thank you Tempest!