Blend before left 2 and right 1 before using the tags A and B. Maintain with a surpiqure fantasy....
What? You still don't understand, you say? Me neither. On to #3:
Superimpose two front left and right front one by using the reperes A and B. Maintain with fancy stitching...
Now we're talking! Sort of. I think.... Or maybe I could just toss the directions in the trash and wing it...
Thankfully, this delightful Au Bonheurs des Petites Mains (The happiness of small hand) pattern is easy enough to figure out without going through too many "Huh?" moments in translation. My high school French ("la plume de ma tante...") was rather lacking in helpfulness here. It helped a LOT that Dorothy and shams had gone before me, with their beautiful versions and supremely helpful reviews. Dorothy K's review and Shams' review. Seriously, I could NOT have done this without their help! Actually, I really, seriously could not have done this without them, since Au Bonheur (hereinafter known as ABdPM) has gone out of business, and the only way I could get my mitts on this pattern was because Shams generously traced off my size for me (hugz!). And she got her copy from Dorothy. So if you like this pattern, grab any copy you find! Actually, that holds true for ANY ABdPM pattern.
The bad stuff: I spent a ridiculous amount of time tweaking the fit, piecing together my too small bits of material scraps, futzing with serged edges (I really need some practice at that...), and wandering off in my own direction & trying to figure out where I was going. The good news is that I was able to muddle through it all, and I ended up with a top I really love!
It's wonderful to have pictures of this top as it really looks made up, because the illustration with the pattern looks a bit different than the finished top, and the line drawing doesn't look even remotely like the finished product!
I made SO many fitting tweaks on this pattern that I'm sure I can't remember them all. And even after I was sewing my altered pieces, I made more changes, so my pattern pieces are totally marked up, and I'm sure I'll need to correct them some more when (yes, when, not if) I make it again. My usual forward, sloping, and narrow shoulder adjustments. I raised the armscye (which is quite low), and did heaven-knows-what-all to the side seams. The pattern (I think) calls for overlapping the front & back halves & doing a "fancy stitch" to join them. I took a seam, because I didn't want to mess it up royally on step one.
One of the really wonderful aspects of this pattern is that the pieces are all quite small, and you can raid your scrap bin and use up all of the pieces you love too much to recycle elsewhere. I actually pieced together both the front and back pieces of the print in order to get large enough pieces of fabric.
|See the seam? :)|
|It did the trick :)|
Of course, I didn't make it any easier on myself when I decided, on a whim, to add this little square on the top tag after it had already been sewn & serged. Y'all know, I'm sure, how tricky it can be to merge a new serged edge over a previously serged edge.
|It's a little messy, but not so bad that|
I can't live with it.
This means I ended up with a harlequin look on the sleeves - I like it :)
Bottom line? I really love this pattern, and can see using parts of it over and over in other patterns. It was definitely worth all of the tweaking :)
Do you have any ABdPM patterns hiding in your stash, yet to be sewn? Time to drag them out, sew them up and share!