I failed. Not miserably, but I certainly caved in dear readers.
As most of you already know, there were two things that seemed pretty clear about me as of late:
- I get confused with commercial patterns and prefer to make my own; I did make an attempt here, but ended up completely altering the look of the pattern entirely. I haven't worked on it since.
- Big one here. I was not to spend any money, whatsoever, on crafty supplies...
Well... that all changed today, and $15.00 (technically $13.00) later I have all this. Buttons, and fabric, and patterns... oh my!
|Pack of 130 buttons from Walmart approx. $2.00|
|Left to right: $3.00, $2.00 and $2.00|
|Two, 3 yard pieces from walmart's $1.00 per yard bin.|
Both yardages of fabric are light weight cotton, perfect for the tops of both the New Look patterns. One has a nice crushed vertical pattern, and the other is plain. A veritable steal for the price, I say, and just in time for the coming hot months.
My neighbor kindly purchased me an assorted bag of buttons.
They do quite perfectly because there's enough in each set to make 5 button-up tops! I was so afraid I'd have too much randomness in the bag, but it turned out to be quite fruitful; $2.00 for all of these! I'll have to keep this in mind when I need more simple black buttons.
What prompted me to buy the patterns, you may ask? Well, have you seen them?!
I simply could not resist the temptation of visiting the craft section during my monthly grocery visit to Walmart.
|Burda Pattern # 7299|
I was so enthralled with view B of this Burda Style pattern, I adore the stylization of this top; I remember having a few of them back in Canada, purchased at various thrift stores. I've tinkered with the idea of making my own, but never found the motivation to do it... until now.
|New Look Pattern # 6078|
For about $2.00 per New Look pattern, I also could not resist this cute little slice of chic. One thing struck me though, view D and E are identical (the one the model is wearing)... I don't see why they differentiated the two-- perhaps because of the pattern of the fabric? But the cut is the same... puzzling. I planned on utilizing some Halloween fabrics I have in my stash; I was going to use them for other projects, but as soon as I got my crafty fingers on this pattern, I decided they'd be better put to use as clothing!
|New Look Pattern #6599|
Finally, my absolute favorite of the three, this is truly a gem. Even if I cannot muster to decipher the pattern instructions, I feel adept enough to figure out the pieces on my own if push comes to shove. Just look at those choices! Ugh, I simply can't decide which one of these I want to make first when I manage to gather all the materials!
So, remembering I already said I'd make a peplum top, I decided I'd better update that statement.
In light of this totally unnecessary but oh so good purchase, I am going to make one of these tops. It's likely going to be view D-E from 6078.
I have some rick-rack ribbon and two choices of fabric in my old stash for my first commercial-pattern made article:
I'm leaning towards the candy corn and spider webs...
I'd love to hear your vote for which fabric to use-- Skulls or candy corns?
And also, because I never get to use meme's, let alone Star Trek inspired...
Oh, readers, you have no idea the size of the Trekkie in me... perhaps one day I'll tell it all.