Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Roobois dress = big mess

After disgressing a little bit in my last post (you must admit that Granada is gorgeous!), I now return to sewing to show you my muslin for Colette's Rooibos dress.

This project has been on the back burner for a while now. Ever since I saw Karen's version, I began fantasizing about my own wool Roobois whenever the humid and cold climate of Britain would cause me grief (pretty much every day of last year). Now that Spain has become a little chilly and humid as well -- but not nearly to the same degree, thank goodness -- I naturally went back to the Roobois.

Well, I can't decide quite yet if this pattern is actually worth my time. This is again a confirmation that Colette patterns are designed for women who are heavier in the top than me, as in, robust shoulders and full bust. Maybe I should give up on Colette altogether.

There are several problems with the fit. And due to the complexity of the pattern, fixing these would be anything but a piece of cake. (Speaking of which, cake would be good...)

Here is why this Roobois dress is not working for me:

1) I'm pear shaped, so this means I have to cut a different size for the top and the botton. In this case, though, there is not "a top and a botton," but "a top, a middle, and a bottom". Also, the bottom part is made up of SIX different sections! So basically, I've got myself a fitting nightmare. In the picture above you can see the problems I've had with joining the pieces at the side: the top, middle and bottom are respectively size 0, 4 and 8.

2) Problem with the top: The top is too tight. The pattern advised a size zero according to my bust measurement. This is what I cut. However, it was a mistake because now the other sizes are gone. I did not think that I should have selected my size according to my rib-cage measurement -- and then done a Small Bust Adjustment (SBA). Also, I just had a look at the Coletterie tutorial for performing an SBA on the Roobois and it looks a-scary. The main problem is that the other sizes are gone, so I would have to grade my size zero up to a size 2 (or 4?). Again, this would be alright on a simple pattern, but on this one, it would probably involve several muslins.

3) The shoulders are too wide. I know a lot of people have had this problem with the Roobois. In my case, the adjustment wouldn't be just a matter of narrowing the straps, but I would have to re-draft the angle as well so it would not drop off the sides of my shoulders. You see what I mean? I'm pretty sure this dress is not supposed to be crew-necked... Lol.
Straps falling off my shoulders

Conclusion: All these things taken into account, I think it would be less time-consuming for me to draft my own dress pattern from scratch.

In any case, I will be putting this aside for a few days in order to clear my head.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beautiful Granada

As promised, pictures of my new city. These were taken in the Alhambra, in the city and in Monachil (Los Cahorros hike).
Inspiring patterns of La Alhambra

More than my fair share of restaurants! 

Los Cahorros, only 15 min. from city

Los Cahorros

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lucky Lady

 Readers, I’m telling you, I'm a lucky lady.

First of all, earlier last week, the mail brought me a package from the USA.
“A package from the United States?”
Yes, from the United States. From none other than Natasha of Natty Jane Sews, of course, because she had participated in the Pay it Forward project a few months back!

Here are all the wonderful handmade pretty things lucky me has received. I noticed everything is perfectly crafted, down to the most minute detail -- this is very "Natty Jane"!
Please pay no mind to the poor lighting in this picture that really do no justice to Natasha's beautiful things 

I love the little fox pouch not only because the fox has always been my animal alter ego, but also because it turns out to be the perfect size for my passport.
See! A match made in heaven
My favourite part of her care package was without a doubt reading her grandmother’s stories. She moved to Hull UK when she was around my age and I could easily imagine her riding her bicycle to the school where she taught. How difficult and crazy it must have been to go through the war and the bombings… What an interesting lady, and what an interesting life! Natty Jane, I think you could write a whole book about your grandmother’s life and many people would buy it – I know I’d certainly be the first one in line!

Thank you Natasha for such a thoughtful gift!

Now moving on to the second reason why I’m a lucky lady, readers…
Ta-daaaah! Proud owner of Alfa Next 30.

Seeing that I was becoming pretty miserable without my sewing machine, my mom and my boyfriend conspired to buy me this pink and white wonder! It’s a Spanish brand and it’s pretty extravagant considering I’ll be using it only 6 months, but it feels very strong and sturdy, which is very good. I know I can count on you, Alfa Next 30!

Thank you mom! Thank you Olivier!

And now, let the sewing begin!

Next post, some pictures of my life here in the beautiful city of Granada.
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