The Western ‘UFO for a reason’ top
Fabric: Blue and yellow plaid – some kind of cotton I think. No idea where it came from, so free.
Pattern from Burdastyle magazine, I couldn’t tell you which one.
Time to complete a year and a half! And it’s still not done.
First worn: Today.
Wear again? Not sure. Probably not.
Total price: Free
I was going to sit it out this week. We have all been ill – nothing major, just colds and sniffles, and I could not motivate myself to do anything. I have also made a pledge not to buy any more fabric until I have made at least five things using fabric from my stash, and I had nothing that struck me as particularly ‘western-y’.
My daughter found this UFO top in a bag of scraps. Believe it or not this was the first top that I ever attempted. It was in a Burdastyle magazine that I have long since lost, and was supposed to be for novices. However, with all of two weeks sewing experience and the notorious Burdastyle instructions it was beyond me. I managed to cut it out and stitch half the seams, but then I got to the bit where you use bias binding. Bias binding? You what? I could have looked it up but I had already lost interest in the project, so it got shelved.
A year and a half later and I not only know what bias binding is, but have used it many times, with reasonable success. And isn’t plaid kind of cowboy-ish?
In theory I could have finished this in less than an hour. In reality it is still unfinished – the armholes are still missing their bias binding. The truth is that I have realised why I lost interest. It is totally unflattering, and if I lean forward in it I will get arrested for indecent exposure. I could probably make some adjustments but I don’t think I’ll bother. At least it is one less UFO to worry about.