Simplicity 4020 – view D
I think I’m getting better at photographing myself. It’s very cloudy and grey tonight, but I did manage to take unblurry pictures with the self-timer. Yay!
I’m still bent on getting a real tripod, following Kathryn‘s excellent advice, so I can shoot from a greater distance (3 metres instead of 2) and thus take the whole of myself, not just the upper two thirds. This way, I should also be able shoot from a perspective other than a low angle (as in these pictures… I’m actually looking down at the camera). So far, I’ve been taking pictures with a baby tripod we got for free ages ago; it is not very stable and is only 14 cm/5.5″ high (I put it on my desk; adding some height with dictionaries under the tripod doesn’t provide enough stability to the camera).
The pattern has been in my stash for 6 months and I’m glad to be finally using it. Of course, with my japanesque fabric, I HAD to do the kimono sleeves version.
I cut it in a size 6, but the upper section could do with a bit more space in the bust. I should probably have graded the front parts into a size 8 or 10. This is usually what I do, but with the stretchy fabric I thought I might get away with making a 6 all around. Lesson learned!
I forgot to mention this in the previous post, but that fabric is absolutely terrible to work with. The machine kept skipping stitches. I ended up stabilizing the seamline with strips of tissue paper, and had to play around with the tension a good deal; even then, I had to re-do almost every seam several times. This is perhaps due to the glitter? Any ideas or tips? They would be most welcome.
I like the fact that, unlike many wrap tops, the neckline is high enough to prevent any risk of gaposis. I also stretched the heck out of the neck binding when attaching it to the neckline (making it shorter than it was supposed to) to make sure the neckline would be hugging the neck. This top is perfectly suitable for teaching (I took the pictures tonight just after I got back from work).