Well what do you know, I actually sewed something (round of applause please). I keep trying to get this ruffle trend right, after my failed flying squirrel attempt) and I think maybe I did this time. I went with Simplicity 2599 in an orange/red “silk” charmeuse (I think they like to call it silk charmeuse because polyester charmeuse just doesn’t have the same ring). Anyway it was a pretty easy to make shell of a top with the ruffles just sewn onto the front. I used my rolled hem finish on my serger to finish the edge of the ruffles rather than fold and stitch like the pattern said.
The fuzzy pictures are a result of my 12 year old taking the pics, she is not as steady as a tripod.
So I am happy with it when I see pictures of it, but when I wear it and look down at this huge amount of ruffly fabric I feel like I have a “baby bump” of ruffles. So I guess I have to ignore how I feel when I wear it and remember that it looks good and not pregnanty.
I like it with the jacket to make it more “wintery” since I do live in the land of perpetual winter.
So things I have learned from Simplicity 2599
* “silk” charmeuse isn’t that bad to sew with if the pattern isn’t too fitted.
* my daughter is not capable of using a camera, yet I will trust her to babysit all the other kids so I can get a break every once in a while.
* orange doesn’t look too bad on me. It isn’t a color I ever pick for myself but I picked it in this case to go with a skirt I will soon be making and I am pretty happy with it.
*charmeuse does NOT photograph well, it looks all plasticy when in reality it is soft and shinny.