Honestly, I feel like this top is a miracle. It was whipped up in a few hours and had one purpose to fulfill – to lift my spirits after a really trying day. Luckily this pattern did not disappoint! I am happy to report that #brynnmccalls saved the day! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught my breakdown in my stories. For the first time ever, I failed a pattern test. When I say failed, I mean I could not make it pass step 1. I had to withdraw for my own sanity. It was a humiliating and degrading experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
I received so many sweet messages and felt so much love and support, I found it hard to disappoint you guys! I also knew I need to make something fresh and fancy to prove a point to myself. This is normal for me after any sewing fail and was super important this time. I needed a miracle! This month I wanted to participate in Sewyourview but couldn’t spare the time. Well since I just flunked a pattern test, I had a few more hours before the Sewyourview deadline. I literally hopped on to McCalls’ website and bought the pdf lastnight! Thank goodness this pattern was available as pdf! Keep it up McCalls!
Thankfully, I knew what fabric I wanted to use and I only had 1.5 yards so I knew it was going to be a top. So technically I made View A, dropped the skirt and borrowed the longer billowy sleeves from the other views. This was such an easy pattern to put together, the perfect palette cleanser after a sewing fail! 2 front pieces, 1 back piece, 2 peplum pieces, 2 sleeves and 3 facing pieces. I didn’t have to print and assemble too many pages and I could handle this number of pattern pieces. I sewed up size Medium based on the finished garment measurements and it fits great! @koetiquemade hosted Sewyourview and did an awesome peplum top tutorial so I just followed along instead of going through the instructions. She recommended sewing the waist seam at 5/8″ instead of 1 1/4″ and using 1/4″ elastic. I followed to a T! The only change I made was shortening the sleeves by about 5/8″ to make them fit on the fabric. Otherwise, for the first time ever I didn’t need any alterations. Could this be any more perfect?
Needless to say, I feel so much better now and I absolutely love this top! I love it in this satin snake print fabric and blue is a colour I rarely wear so it’s a nice change. I am ready for a night out although we can’t go anywhere just yet. I also feel like this could be styled many different ways and I am excited to play around with it when we are released from lock down! I took a risk by choosing to make a new to me pattern when things were already going bad and it definitely worked out in my favour! Phew! How do you cope with sewing fails? Do you take a break or are you like me and need to challenge yourself to be satisfied?