Well, I dared...
...and it is done!
Success or not?
(I have to say, it doesn't really sit well with the decor in my sewing room, but hey ho!)
I think it is a reasonable success, though I would have like the pattern to match at the front seam - but it can't as the seam is shaped, not straight.
I love the sleeves, but I think that they would be better in a fabric with a bit more body.
Luckily I have just such another fabric length. My plan is to use this pattern (a small 12) and make a version that will fit my more ample assets. Ahem.
Mostly it was a quick job, just made a bit slower by the slippery-ness of the fabric (mental note to self: never dabble in slinky fabric again) and the fact that I didn't have a zip handy and took a few days to go and get one. Oh, and the fact that one thing that my machine is not good for is putting in zips. It has about three pages of instructions - no, I tell a lie, there are four! - with lots of complicated diagrams...
I was seriously challenged and it took two goes, but in the end it is done, and fairly neat considering the slippy problem.
I am just short of the hem and the buttonholes, but I can't decide which old buttons to use.
Glassy with embossed pattern...
Flowery orange plastic...
..which are obviously pre-1971...
Which would you choose?
In other news, Mr U-t-B and I went to the cinema last night for the second time in seven days.
I think the last time we went to the cinema together was for 'Slumdog Millionaire' so we're finding our get-up-and-go quite surprising.
We saw two of the films nominated for this year's best film Oscar - 'The Descendants' and 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' - though I can't say either of us reckon they are especially worthy of note. Some great acting, and well shot but neither particularly memorable for us. Oooh - how controversial I'm being! I even had my tissues at the ready for 'Extremely Loud...' but didn't shed a single tear. This is unusual for me. I generally cry at the ads!
Next week we've already decided upon 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' which I think is going to be much more our kind of film. And, having seen the trailer, 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' will be on our list for another week.
Have you seen any good films lately?