03 April 2011

I'm gonna go cry now ...

It was a beautiful dream ... truly lovely dream ... and I had even snapped a pic of this dream with every intention and desire to make it reality:
On the right is my new salt-and-pepper color linen, and I dug up the cuss-inducing slippery as **** rayon challis to use as a lining, and fished out the chosen blazer pattern.  My resolve strengthened as I ironed the linen and admired the textured weave and play of colors ...

I even preread the instructions and looked the suggested layout over, as KwikSew patterns tend to have very reasonable pattern layouts ... FAIL!!!!  Oh, the agony of reality as it came crashing down on me.  I had only ordered two yards of this 44 inch wide fabric, and this blazer requires 3-1/8 yards of 45 inch wide fabric.  Did I mention KS does reasonable and fabric-conserving layouts in their instructions?  I can see no way to bend the laws of physics enough to make this idea work, even if I shorten both body and sleeves.

So it is with a heavy heart and shattered dream that we get this latest gem from Sergeant Obvious: Make sure you have enough fabric before getting too carried away with a beautiful sewing idea!

I guess this gorgeous linen will end up being culottes or capri-length summer pants ...

4 comments:

glorm said...

Oh, no, what a disappointment. That collar adds a bit to the yardage. For a collared long-sleeved blouse for me I allow about 2 1/4- 2 1/2 yards of 45" for me, so more would be needed for a jacket.

You might squeeze it in if you opt for short sleeves and no collar, but then you wouldn't be making this style.

Think of it this way: what would have been worse is being just a few inches too short of fabric for the style selected.

Kaci Lusk said...

That's just no fun! The apron, on the other hand, looks great!

dfr2010 said...

gloria - I played that game with my rayon challis tunic last summer ... I was 3 inches short but managed to take it out of the sleeves.

Hubby said if I could find a matching linen that price would not be a consideration ... but the reason I splurged at FM on this one is I haven't seen a linen like this one.

All is not lost ... I have another linen that will work! Stay tuned ...

Jilly Be said...

What about that gorgeous glazed brown herringbone on the March Julie's Picks? I can so see that made up as a jacket like yours!

I've been fondling my swatch, but I have linen....don't need more linen....have enough....really don't need more......