Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Peace Y’all,

You know how I was all like “I’m going to do better with how I dress” and shit? Well…. I kind of blew off the 1st week. Not that I was busted. I am never truly busted. I’m entirely too vain for that. But I am not always at my best and that was what this challenge was about. To be at my best for a month. So that after that I would feel uncomfortable if I wasn’t at my best. Any who…

I’m working on another version of NL 6130. This will be my 4th. And I wanted to use black interfacing. I don’t just keep that laying around so I had to go out and get some. The 7 heard I was leaving the house in a car and asked for something from a grocery store while I was out. Hancocks is about 20 miles from the rest in a different part of the city; and it was a warm day. I just threw on an over dress, some sandals and bounced. To my defense I did shower. Had I not run 4 miles in the morning I would have been busted AND funky. I don’t really have ‘weekend clothes.’ When a work garment gets sort of disheveled, it becomes weekend wear. That used to work for me, but for some reason it isn’t anymore. I hate to have clothes with only 1 function. I have a BUNCH of denim skirts. I consider that weekend wear but for some reason I don’t’ want to wear them like that. I’m thinking my lack of tops is 1 reason.

It has been shown and proven by several of sources that when you look slack people treat you that way. Hancocks is in Buckhead; a pseudo ritzy section of Atlanta. I say pseudo because a lot of those homes got repossessed and the area still hasn’t truly recovered. Those big homes where being appraised for millions and were only worth a few 100K. There aren’t as many upscale people living there as there once was. But this is a Hancocks in a strip mall; not Neiman Marcus.

I should have taken care getting dressed and I didn’t. Not only did I have an altercation with the Hancocks cashier. (After waiting patiently on line, a manager decides that when I get to the front of the line, my cashier should go on break with no one to relieve her. And I should go to the back of the other line? Before I jumped across the counter to slap said manager the cashier told her ringing me up was the right thing to do since I had been waiting. I wonder if I had been dressed well would the manager have made the same statement.) Then I ran into one of my office’s patient’s in the grocery store while looking like a stock person. Damn. She was gracious but she did the up and down thing. Lesson learned…. Today I look much better and intentional.

I have been doing my sewing thing thing. I have a bunch of still relevant fabric from last year and I have pulled all my spring summer clothes out of the trunk. I lack tops. I am ready and very motivated to sew. This weekend I made 1.5 tops. I would have finished the white NL6130 if TV wasn’t so juicy last night. So all I have to show is this one top.

I had to take my own pics this morning.

Pattern Description:
I made the top. But I’m planning to make the bottom and the jacket

Pattern Sizing: 12-18 (I cut a 18)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I know I have said I don’t like Simplicity patterns, but what I have come to learn is I don’t like their directions. Keeping that in mind, I read them over but didn’t follow them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how easy it was. It went together start to finish in a hour or so. I was watching a movie. And I’m sure with the proper motivation; I could have gotten it out quicker. It has only 2 main pieces and 2 facings.

Fabric Used:
Cotton from Wal-Mart. The God says that I like patterns that look like they should be curtains or sofa covers. And he’s right. I like big and bold prints. And for my body type and how I styled it, I think it works.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a FBA. Even though it’s a loose fitting top, but I have learned that FBA’s aren’t optional. And I just do them now without even considering it.

Would you sew it again?
Not sure. I like it and all, but I don’t know if I need another one. It’s easier than a shell. It doesn’t need to be a knit, and I already have the FBA set in paper. Maybe. Look at this should detail...

Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. Especially for newbies.

I’m over my Simplicity hate. I’ll be more specific in the future.


PS: I’m adding an extra week on to my look good challenge. Doesn’t work unless I do it.


MAD14kt said...

Nice top...I love the colors. I also have that pattern :)

Leigh said...

I love the colors in the top. And I can so relate about dressing properly. My husband always has to wait on me, even if we just go to Lowes, because I refuse to wear my work/around the house clothes out!