'cause this is one seriously orange plaid.
And I like it that way.
Now it may be over the top for me to even be considering the ruffles on McCall 5522, especially since I groused in my last post about my sneakily-enlarging boobage, but I confess. I have a weakness for ruffles and girly fluffy stuff, and I hardly ever give in to it.
I certainly wouldn't give in if this blouse were pink or white or any even vaguely floral pattern. But a loud orange and chocolate brown plaid? With the ruffles on the bias?
And if after I attach them and try it on and don't like them, I have two more button plackets cut out on the bias that I can swap in place of the on-grain ones. If I can't have bias ruffles, something unusual has to happen on the front of this.
I have to say, BTW, that a fresh measuring seems to have done my fitting a world of good. No surprise there. All that's been done so far here is to sew the upper and lower bodice pieces together. It's pinned at the shoulders and side seams, the ruffle is pin-pleated and pinned on, and so is the front band.
I'm also having button issues at the moment. That's the problem with having a good button stash: too many choices. The blouse calls for 9 buttons - 5 on the front and 2 on each cuff (I'm making the long-sleeved version). Of the buttons pictured here, I have more than enough of the squarish white ones and the dark oval ones. I have 7 of the round white ones, which have little flowers etched into them. Since they're slightly larger, I could get away with single button cuffs there.
Any opinions on button choices? I think I have a favorite, but it's too early yet to tell. I'm going to marinate on them overnight and look at the pictures tomorrow and see if anything jumps out at me.
Just for a change, it's snowing outside. Again. Like the 2 feet of frozen white crap outside isn't enough. Like the 2 snow days last week didn't cause me to miss the PR shopping day in New York today - and it looked like everyone had a great time and bought some lovely fabric.
Of course, do I need fabric? No, I do not. The ever-multiplying stash made a few new friends last week as a small box wandered in from Gorgeous Fabrics. I looked at the drool-worthy Chanel fabrics she had and my budget was very glad that none of the colors really suited me. However, there was a much more budget-friendly boucle called "Persimmon Princess" in orange, gold, brown - my colors, no? I bought 2 yards of black RPL and a yard of orange to keep it company in the box.
If it's not too alarming, the orange RPL may become a pencil skirt to wear with this blouse.
That's going to need a seriously neutral jacket to tone it down. Or maybe I'll just glow in the dark.