Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is what I worked on this afternoon.
I lowered the neckline in the front and raised it in the back. Narrowed the bottom hem a little and ended up taking in too much so I had to vent the sides to accommodate my big mama hips (and I don't really have any idea how to vent). Gathered around the torso only in the back, so as not to suffocate my lovelies. Waxed hair and applied face paint.
Keep in mind that I'm relying on a 5 year old as my photographer. Thus, the self portrait bathroom pics.
So, I'm planning to wear it to work tonight. If it's bad, tell me now. If I look like one of those people on "What Not to Wear" who hasn't purchased new clothes in 12 years and just wears what they find in the trash or can get for less than a quarter, tell me. I'm going out in public like this so really, you have a social responsibility. I'm not sensitive at all about criticism on something like this so bring it on.
ETA: So, I wore the shirt to work last night and my teenaged coworkers did not make fun of me so that's a good sign, right? I was brave and asked them what they thought and after initially disliking the gathering in the back, one of them said,"Well, I guess it does hide your love handles well so it's good." Gee, thanks.
As much as I like the look of this fabric, it's a sateen or something else that isn't 100% cotton and it wrinkles too easily. I think the whole thing would work better with a softer cotton that hangs better.
Last thought. I'm really used to doing rectangles or a-line shapes for kids clothing. Kids don't have curves. I'm definitely a more hour glass shape and for some reason, it didn't occur to me to make my pattern that way. I can't take it in too much at the waist because it still needs to fit over my girls but I think I might add that little revision next time. Thanks for all of the feedback!