I've been a bit quiet about the home-sewing challenge, because I have to confess I haven't done much!
I did try and make an off-the-shoulder top before we went on holiday, back at the end of August, after Vix's post about this easy to make style using this tutorial. I didn't finish it on time so I didn't get to wear it. I have to admit it was a real struggle. I don't think I read the instructions properly, and my ruffle was far too tight. I had to insert two panels at the shoulders. I also chose a sheer fabric, which meant I basically had to make the top twice, to include a lining. I don't think it's particularly flattering, so it's one for the 'learned a lot' pile (along with those tiny, tiny shorts...). I might try and make another one in the future, but I will have to be more careful with my fabric choice and even more careful with the measuring and reading of instructions.
I've just finished a 1940s wrap top that Christina from Godets and Gussets made using this tutorial. The main hurdle for me was the bias binding. which I find fiendishly difficult to put around a neckline. I tried using the machine but messed it up, so sewed it by hand, which took forever. The top needed a few adjustments to make it fit too, as it was too long. Christina made it in 2 hours. I estimated it would take me 4 to 6 hours. In reality, it took TWO DAYS!!! Some of this was frantically looking things up that a more experienced sewer would know how to do instinctively. I am not overly happy with the fit, but I like the style and fabric I chose, so I'll pack it away for next summer, even if I just wear it around the house.
In other sewing news:
I still haven't finished that test circle skirt I started.
I still haven't started the Tilly and the Buttons pattern I spent lots of money on fabric for.
And I still haven't finished the 1920s' one-hour dress I started (yet another 'quick' project supposedly, yet I've spent at least 3 days on it!).
So what's next on my list? I need to hem some curtains (phew, a simple challenge!) for our kitchen. That will probably take me a day, judging from my lack of skill and speed at this whole sewing thing.
But am I enjoying it? Yes, so I'll persevere. Surely it must get easier at some point?!