because her Summer Blouse has gorilla arms. there i said it.
i have this navy tunic top with embroidery that i bought several years ago from abercrombie. i'm a bit ashamed to admit that, but i love the top so much and the fit is perfect and it's comfortable and navy and... i've been wanting to make another in a similar style. i ended up getting some free little folks voile from fabric.com due to a mailing error. the print is not one i'd ever choose for myself but it's the perfect weight for a tunic. i thought that the Summer Blouse from Weekend Sewing would fit the bill but i knew thanks to the interwebs that it would need a lot of tweaking. hence using the day-glo fabric to try it out.
I traced a size S. then i used trusty Simplicity 2599 as my sloper. i compared the Ross pattern and it was wider and shorter than the simplicity top. and the sleeves were absurdly long. i reshaped the body from the underarm to the hem to fit the simplicity pattern. i also widened the neckline to make it more boatneck-y. i used a sleeve pattern from another simplicity just to check the length. i also took in the middle portion of the sleeves by 2 inches to give it a more pronounced bell shape.
and it's not quite perfect. instead of the button, i used a long strip of bias tape for ties. next time i'd make the tape thinner than called for in the pattern. the neckline is also now a little too wide and too shallow. i need to add a bit back to the shoulder and make the front neckline deeper. i love the way the placket is inserted, but i hate that you have to slip stitch half of it closed. next time i will just make the placket closer to where the opening actually needs to be.
not perfect yet, but pretty close. it's a bit 70s groovy for me in this fabric, but i do like the top a lot. i have a bunch of handkerchief linen that i want to use for at least one more. maybe i'll try my hand at more crocheted lace to jazz it up.
and while i'm on the subject of heather ross, have we all gotten our torches and pitchforks at the ready? i would say a lot more but orata pretty much says it all. personally i don't give 2 shits if heather ross wants to draw little white girls with ponies. i'd probably be more offended if she kowtowed to the masses and suddenly started depicting experiences that she knows nothing about. and what kind of hand-wringing should i be doing over sherbet pips? those dogs are clearly white. won't someone please think of the dogs? but seriously though. in my very quick and lazy browsing, a lot of fabric that depicts people looks ethnically ambiguous to me. that tends to happen when you reduce facial elements in order to up the cuteness quotient. so are we really seeing whitey everywhere on our quilting cotton? or is that just what we're trying to see in order to prove a point?
i am more offended at the assertion that whimsy or cuteness is equated with whiteness. Cuteness knows no cultural or ethnic bounds. Cuteness is.