Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sleeve Woes

So, something funky is up with my sleeves. Sigh. I've redone them five times but still, they don't hang right, they don't feel right and the elbow dart does not fall in the right place. I don't understand why since I used the exact same pattern and the exact same size for my striped drawstring dress and they worked great. All I can think of is that I somehow majorly messed up when cutting out the sleeves or the crossover bodice piece is somehow affecting the fit. I feel that I need more room in the sleeve head for the sleeves to fit comfortably and I need to move the dart over at least two inches so it hits at my elbow, not the side of my arm!

And, alas, I am out of this fabric besides the odd scrap or two. I think I'll have to sojourn to the Great Empire of Wal-Mart to see if I can scrape up another yard or so of this fabric so I can redo the sleeves. Fingers crossed - Wal-Mart is supposed to be getting rid of their fabrics and I have no idea what they have left as of now. (*weep* *wail* *mourn in sackcloth and ashes*)

As far as the rest of the pattern goes, I am really happy with how the crossover bodice came out. I even like how it looks when I'm wearing it! This version I shortened to half-robe length so I can use it as a blouse or a half-robe, depending on what I'm wearing underneath. Of course, right now I can't wear it because it will not fasten over my belly but as of tomorrow I will have a flatter tummy and this little watermelon will be out instead of in! I had hoped to have this done by now so I could bring it with me to receive visitors in but alas, I don't know if I can wear it with the sleeves this way. I should go ahead and at least finish it, just in case. All that is left to do is to bind off the waist seam and add a fastener.

Finally, thank you all, so much, for your prayers tomorrow! It means so much to me to know that so much prayer will be going up for me and the little one! What a treasure and blessing it is to be part of such a wonderful group of God-fearing, loving people. I am so thankful for each one of you!!

Off to make fudge and almond bark pretzels, for hospital snacking and for two little men to enjoy while their mama is gone for a few days.

A lovely weekend to all!




  1. Sorry the sleeves are giving you trouble! It looks like it will be quite lovely once your finished with it.

    I will be praying.

    Lots of love,

  2. Aw! Sorry about your sleeves! I look forward to meeting you new wee one on here:).

  3. Sorry the sleeves are giving you such a hassle. The shirt is very pretty, though, I love the fabric. God Bless you :-)

    What time is your surgery scheduled for tomorrow?

  4. Lauren, it's at 7:15 or thereabouts, Central time. Maybe 7:45? I'm not positive.

    Sarah, we'll be praying for your family tonight and tomorrow, may you feel God's comforting hand during the surgery. I can't wait for your update, I'll miss you not posting for a while! Take care.


  5. Sorry about your sleeve issues, but this is still a lovely piece! It looks like something from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion! I've always wanted to make something from that half robe.

    Will be praying for you tomorrow, Sarah Jane!

  6. Didn't I just see on the board that the sleeves for this pattern were backwards? Perhaps this wasn't the one, but I thought it might be...perhaps worth checking out! :)

    My prayers will be with you tomorrow, I can't wait to hear that everything went well and to see pictures of you and your sweet bundle! Your box will be in the mail on Saturday morning!!

  7. That's a beautiful blouse!
    Hope the surgery goes well in the morning.
    I'll see you guys tomorrow :)

  8. Just wanted to let you know we're thinking of you this morning!!


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