Stretch cotton border print set!
Man, is my man good at making me look tall! Went for my annual physical last week, and was, as always, SHOCKED to be told I am just barely all of 5’2. Surely there’s something wrong with their equipment.
I mean, look at me. I’M GIGANTIC.
You know, I enjoy my delusions. Like the assumption that I can keep track of multiple sewing projects. I cannot. As my beloved grandmother always used to say, I got a head like a sieve.
Actually my noodle is pretty good at multitasking. I’m at my most happy place when I’m infatuated by multiple projects. But not so much when I’m so entranced by the fabric at hand that I can’t decide what to sew it into, and want to sew ALL OF THE THINGS. Two projects and two prints were filling up any available space in my brain during the making of this combo. When I couldn’t choose a course for either of them, I decided to crossbreed Vogue 9075 of the current culotte craze, and By Hand London’s Holly jumpsuit. Here we have Holly pants and Vogue top, and the rest of this pattern monster will make a very colorful appearance on my blog shortly. Indecision at its best!
Ruggy tells me this is “monkey brain.” I prefer a prettier handle. I float like a butterfly from fabric to fabric! And when it stings me in the booty I make up a solution!
Sometimes. Not so much here, per se. I judiciously decided to wait to cut out the sleeves, in case I had to mess with the (non muslined) bodice fit– well, I did mess with it, I shaved 5/8s off the back shoulder of the top, then floated and flitted like a drunken butterfly over to my other whimsical crossbreed, then floated and flitted back days later and went and cut out the dang sleeves without accounting for the 5/8s. I was working on fumes of fabric at this point, having played with the border print until it could take no more. Cue me wagging an unearned finger at Vogue’s pattern drafting.
NOOOOOOOOPE, THAT’S ALL YOU, SIEVE GIRL. Bunchy sleeves for the butterfly brain win!
Speaking of my forgetful noggin, this top zips from north to south and slips right over my head. That was my solution to making this colorful non-separating zipper work…that, and scooping out a wider bateau-ish neckline. I have a surprisingly large noggin for 5’2 of woman.
And let’s not forget the derriere. She fits nicely in the back, yeah? No wedgies, I’m stoked! This is Holly without any pattern adjustments, I just decreased the seam allowance in the crotch curve when the first try-on showed frown lines. Or was it smile lines? Lines, either way.
However, as you can see here, the front crotch length is still a little long, which is noticeable in certain positions and totally disappears in others. Since then I’ve played with shortening the pattern at the hip line (as you would shorten a bodice pattern for a short waist) and wow, is that better! How do you deal with pants fitting? So many areas to play with!
My weirdo decision to crossbreed these patterns worked out in the end–this stretch cotton is fairly heavy, making it up into a full length jumpsuit and walking out to dinner in it would have felt like a workout (like my Mood firecracker strapless maxi dress? In hindsight, not the best marriage!).
Sadly, and you know what I’m gonna say, this bad boy sold out shortly after I tweeted about it….. I like to enable so I’m TOTALLY taking credit for that! But there are some really nice geometric stretch cotton options here and here. I may just dive into another print and try this one again, hopefully sans butterfly brain snafus.