No lipstick, Roo? That's a bad sign!
This top was intended as a wearable muslin of Vogue 6601, a cowl-necked "overblouse" from the early 1960's.
My intention was to make a couple of long-sleeved versions out of cotton jersey as a more stylish alternative to t-shirts.
But when I opened out the vintage pattern, I found that the previous owner hadn't taken care when cutting it, and had sliced through the top of the cowl section, leaving me to redraft the front neckline from looking at the line drawings. I think I made a good stab at it, but it all went downhill from there...
The fabric was a gift from Scruffy Badger. She too struggled with its slippery properties and ended up with a Pendrell sleeve in the wrong place.
I took lots of precautions: pinning, basting, more basting... and that was just to cut out the pieces!
Ever cut a top on the bias of a fabric that slithers and stretches out of shape as soon as look at it? Grrr.
But I persevered. I made the neck work. I replaced the full-length back zip with a shorter one, just long enough to let me in and out. Then I tried it on. Just to see.
The front view isn't too bad, though it's not terribly cowl-like.
But you can see from the side view that it is just not pretty.
The weight of the back zip is dragging the cowl up and back, so the whole thing slips off my shoulders and droops,creating an unattractive hunchback look.
The back view is truly ugly: shapeless, baggy, sack-like. I have tried everything to keep it forwards and down, but it just won't behave.
So I won't be bothering to face the sleeves or hem it. It's a wadder.
Life is too short to waste any more time on the Slytherin Thing.The good news?
My Lisette pattern arrived today - yay!