Despite that I am delighted with the top in the last post because I'm so excited about wearing the lovely fabric, that top should not really be here. The only reason that it is, is because the fabric that I'd actually chosen ended up being miscut.
I'd been saving this beautiful Anna Maria Horner Pastry Line dobby spot voile to make into something really special, because it's one of my all-time favourite fabrics. It's now been discontinued and the new version doesn't have the little dobby spots woven into the material...it's still lovely, but slightly less precious. Unfortunately, the day that I chose to cut my pattern pieces was a Bad Day when I was thinking about Other Things. This meant that while I remembered to centre things nicely, I failed to centre in the same way for each pattern piece. I centred the front of the top with the middle of a blue stripe and the back of the top with the middle of a white stripe. The upshot of this being that anyone taller than 5ft1" would see some horrific mismatching going on at the shoulder seam.
The sight of this makes me feel slightly unwell.
So, with this height problem in mind, I've thought about reserving this as a special sort of top to be worn on those occasions when I fancy standing at the top of a sand dune for a whole day, waving loftily to friends and family as they picnic on the beach below, with them perhaps exclaiming in between bites of cucumber sandwich: Gosh, isn't that a lovely top that Florence is wearing! It looks so perfectly made! However, this plan is flawed. Firstly, I'd still know what an ugly, poorly-made top I was wearing. Secondly, I would want to be down near the food action rather than wasting away on top of a sand dune. Thirdly, my friends and family may well be too busy eating and talking amongst themselves to bother looking up to admire the voile-wearing creature on the sand dune. The sane option may be to wear it beneath a cardigan...but I'd just feel like I was carrying around a guilty secret on my shoulders. For all these reasons I've decided that this material may well end up as part of a patchwork quilt instead.
However, the top that I went on to make saved this from being a truly dire thing, and subsequently I don't feel entirely traumatised by having to turn it into quilt fodder.
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