Late last night, I wrote a long post about summer vacation, children and sewing. This morning, it is gone, vanished into the ethernet, so you will get a short update.
1) Summer vacation means an 11-year old boy has a lot of suggestions about how my time should be spent. This means I have been watching this on YouTube and laughing hysterically. (If you have associations with Bohemian Rhapsody and the word "Mama" you will see why.) And collecting stuff to make terrariums, making terrariums and delivering terrariums, so his business can thrive. And about 50 other things he finds important and thinks I should do right now. (Just this minute it's getting off the computer so he can use it and doing something about the fruit flies.)
2) I did start work on this:
3) This project has a lot of firsts for me: my first perforated pattern, first 1940's pattern, first vintage pattern made with vintage fabric, first underarm gusset, first cut-out neckline. I am worried the neck line will choke me and need alteration. I am anxious about the buttonholes. I am dreading the neckband. So I am following my mother's advice from my early sewing days and only working on it a bit at a time so as to avoid errors made in frustration. Here's where I am right now:
4) Usually vintage patterns are too big for me so I used a smaller size this time. Now I see that the side seams have a 3/4" seam allowance to give room for adjustment. Maybe that's why previous blouses were too big?
5) As a small, square-shouldered lass, I developed shoulder-pad-avoidance-syndrome (SPAS) in the 1980's. This design calls for shoulder pads. I am supposed to make them. Should I ? Will I look like I just walked off the set of Dynasty, or can I make something a bit more subtle ? Are they necessary ?
6) I'm sure a certain son will have his opinions on all this, but I would prefer yours.