Are you a persister or desister?
Do you delightedly rise to the occasion with challenging projects or do you throw down said project in a fit of "how dare you mock me?" rage like a petulant three year old and avoid it for
No? Just me?
This project certainly revealed the desister (I think I made up that word) in me. In fact it's probably never been in doubt. Have you ever noticed that pretty much all my me-made clothes are cotton? Generally poplin or lawn? That's because cotton behaves people, it behaves! It's the nerdy, glasses wearing, teacher's pet, always eager to please and do exactly as it's asked. I quite like that.
But chiffon? Oh, chiffon you nearly broke me. You are truly gorgeous and I fell madly, deeply and totally in love with you from the moment you peeped out at me behind all those other bolts of fabric, screaming me, me, you have to have a Roxanne made out of me!
And let's face it, you are just as pretty made up.
Look at your flowy gorgeousness. Your perfect floral print.
You and Roxanne were made for each other... but that didn't stop me giving you the stink-eye time after time muttering don't mess with me bee-atch as I steamed the hell out of you. People chiffon does not like to take a crease. But don't let those fabric recommendations fool you. 100% polyester? No problem. Feel free to turn up the heat to at least "silk" and show it some steam. Didn't melt, didn't burn and let me tell you it started to behave just a tiny bit more like that teacher's pet.
Except when it was repeatedly slithering off my sewing table as I tried valiantly to complete my gorgeous french seams. Every last one of them. There are no non-frenched seams in this garment. Oh yeah, chiffon frays. A mental amount. Yet to be touched pieces frayed on my table as they awaited their turn. I kid you not.
But isn't she pretty? Oh thank god she's so pretty. Beautifully flowy pleated back.
I guess I should mention that the front feels a little tight across the high bust as well. The front sleeve seams pull a little, especially when the neck ties are used. This means the front slit gapes a bit to allow extra room. I'm not a fan of that and I'll probably wear it open as a result.
I'd definitely recommend being a little generous with your shoulder width measurement when choosing your size.
I bought this pattern originally intending to make Version 2 out of this amazing silk twill. And that is still definitely the plan, probably next Spring. But version 2 does not have a front neck slit and I fear the result in this size would be too tight across the front. So just size up? Yeah I would if I hadn't been a prize idiot and actually *GASP* cut the original pattern (I bought the paper pattern not PDF).
There wouldn't happen to be a lovely Sydney-sider who possesses this pattern and has a kind enough heart to let me trace it, would there?
Recalcitrant she may have been, but all in all, I really do love Roxanne. I even bought some more fabric to make another of this version in a crepe de chine. But chiffon? Never again, my friends, never again...
So are you a persister or desister?