I got this amazing jersey from Jeff and rushed to show it to a friend of mine, an art lover I see a few times a year who I can count on to enthuse unreservedly about my more offbeat finds. Not this time. She looked doubtful. ‘I think,‘ she said slowly, ‘that might work in small amounts.’
What the…?! 😡
Does this happen to you? Do you sometimes grow out of friends you assumed were for life?!
Oh, I jest
The pattern, McCall’s 6559, I had in the stash as I’d once made it into a vest dress for a friend in Croatia (review here). It’s quick and easy (if oversized) but I like some ambition in my projects to help me learn and improve so I decided to add a couple of elements to the simple design. What I really wanted was to make this unusual – I was determined to celebrate my find!
Less successful were the ruffles I painstakingly cut and folded from bias strips of silky georgette. After I attached them to the armholes, they simply didn’t sit subtly and softly enough so had to be cut off.
Instead I bound the neckline and armscyes with loops of 4cm cut longways, their total length some 5cm shorter than the length of garment and stretched lightly to fit. I don’t like how the instructions ask for the neckline and armholes to be folded under twice to a total of 1.5cm and stitched. This would make the neckline really low. On the other hand, the armholes do need to be cut away if you’re going to use binding. I removed 1cm and it’s not quite enough.
To complete the look I call ‘Urge Overkitsch’, I borrowed my daughter’s nail varnish (hmm, too pearly) and decorated a pair of flip flops by knotting them with 100 water balloons (£2 a packet from Tiger). It’s a project that works best with the plainest of plastic flip flops which I didn’t have so these are my son’s Hawaianas. He’s really mad about it; tells me to get my own flip flops to tie balloons to. But he wears them around the garden, I notice.
Jeff always chats to me about my purchases. He couldn’t tell me much this time except that this thick, cotton-like jersey is produced in Germany and some kind of royalty fee is involved in the reproduction which is why at £12 it’s more expensive than most of his fabrics. Do you like it? I have a metre left, enough for a T-shirt, so any suggestions for what might work are most welcome. And if you can, please let me know if you recognize any of the paintings in the collage. Here’s another close-up: