I've been out of sorts for the better part of two weeks. Sewing is normally good therapy for me. So, in an attempt to right myself, I made my version of Anna Maria's Museum Tunic. I'd been thinking about it since I first saw her post. Jennie went and made one for herself which further added to my desire to make this for myself. I only had one panel of the square dance fabric so I opted for a longish shirt, something to wear with jeans or a straight skirt, instead of the dress. I followed her diagram, but serged all the edges before I sewed the
panels together. It came together fast – maybe about an hour and a half? I sewed it between trips to the pool and making pickles so I can't say for sure how long it took. Regardless, it was a quick and satisfying project. Like Jennie, I tried it on as I went and adjusted the v-neck and sleeves accordingly. In the end, though, it really doesn't fit me like I think it should. There is something funky about the sleeves at my bust line which could be: a) my body; b) too tight elastic under the bust; c) the open sleeve style; d) elastic in the wrong place (too high or low); or e) none of the above. Who knows? I'm certainly stumped. It's really a shame because the fabric is dreamy. So so soft and light – perfect for the heat wave going on around here.
I keep trying it on and thinking I might be able to figure out what to do, but I am at a loss. It's either destined to sit in my closet or be taken apart. I'm leaning towards taking the stitch ripper to the elastic and seeing if I can resurrect the shirt in some other fashion – maybe with elastic thread? I know Anna Maria prefers the actual elastic, but I've been know to shirr a few things so why not? If that doesn't work, those squares will look great in a quilt.