|(This is one of the more flattering pictures. Aside from my face, obviously.)|
I bought this fabric maybe a year ago? I really really loved the print. (And it's flannel, and I'm a big fan of flannel.) Unfortunately the print scale was so big I didn't have any idea what to do with it. Anything with darts would look bad, construction-wise, and most things without darts (like shift dresses) look bad on me. I finally decided to try for a sort of sweatshirt thing, using the same pattern as for my purple wool pullover.
I finished making this more than a month ago (and I started in um January), so I don't really remember the construction, and there wouldn't be much to say anyway. The only thing I changed was to remove the shawl/surplice collar and just do a normal crew neck, turned under and finished with bias tape (the original collar, I think we can all agree, would look ridiculous in this print). I think it's interesting, though, how different the two garments look. Of course I knew the flannel wouldn't drape as nicely as loosely-woven wool--I figured this would be more sweatshirt than sweater--but I still thought it would drape some. I guess from certain angles it does look decent.
So I lined everything up vertically, on both front and back pieces and on the sleeves, and I assumed this meant that everything would also be lined up horizontally. But no. It's not even that the fabric was printed off grain. The print itself is crooked, with the horizontal running a bit uphill (or down) instead of straight across compared to the vertical. I guess things like this are to be expected from JoAnn fabric that only cost like four dollars a yard, but still. Man. My disappointment was compounded by the fact that it wasn't until I had everything finished except the hems that I realized, hey, wow, this looks really crooked.
|(It's most obvious, I think, if you look at the rabbits and the foxes in the bottom row. Er, the rabbits and the fox and the disembodied fox head in the bottom row.)|
Spring for Cotton or a Monthly Stitch challenge or something, but we'll see how it goes.
Fabric: 2 yards at 45"wilderness woodcut flannel, from JoAnn Fabric, purchased September 2013, $8.39
Pattern: Butterick 4437, from Scrap, purchased June 2013, used before so free
Notions: about half a yard of bias tape, already in stash; that's it
Made before: yes
Make again: maybe? not with flannel, though
Sewing soundtrack: I forget
First worn: Tuesday
Wear again: inside, yes. out of the apartment, probably... not
Total cost: $8.39