Trial by Fire

I’m going to keep it real and say right off the bat that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing for much of this project. Fortunately, my ignorance resulted in just one visible mistake. And now that I’ve had such intensive training, I’m feeling pre-tty good about myself.

The Puppet Show pattern might be my favorite of all Oliver + S designs. I say after every new pattern I make up, but I really do love this so much. There is something about it that is modern and old-fashioned at the same time.

Maybe it’s the sweet collar,

the puffy gathered sleeves,

or the line of buttons up the back.

I didn’t plan to use contrasting fabric for the lining and hem facing, which is to say I screwed up and didn’t read the fabric requirements. Fortunately I had this gray Kona cotton on hand, and I think it turned out just fine.

It’s blasphemous to a lot of people, but I hate hand stitching. I did the hem facings of the Birthday Party dresses by hand, and they promptly fell out in the first wash. I’m just no good at it. So this time, I first tried to use my machine’s invisible hem stitch, but the fabric has to be folded just right and it didn’t work out so well. That’s all the little prickly threads you see here. I finally just topstitched it.

If you look closely you can also see that this corner is, shall we say, unique. I really didn’t understand the directions, so I just winged it. It’s not perfect, but no one will ever notice. The gray is not supposed to go all the way to the end like that, but again, no biggie.

As frustrating as it was at times not knowing what I was doing, I think I came out on top.


2 thoughts on “Trial by Fire

  1. I love this!I made one perfect one in silk….and then my second,the facing was disastrous!I,also topstitch when ever possible! Handsewing is only for 'special' garments!Gorgeous!

  2. Hi, that beautiful fabric is a great choice for the blouse, very sophisticated. I have that pattern too but as it has a 3 scissor rating, I am dithering. The O&S instructions are always so thorough though that I shouldn't be scared!

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