‘splain this to me

This’ll be a quick one, as I am exhausted.  (Just handed in my last two papers for this session.  Woot!  I have written forty pages since Saturday.  Go me?  Poor me?  The jury’s still out.)

In an effort to relax, I’ve decided to digitally organize my stash.  Expert enabler and generally awesome person, Meredith, mentioned using Evernote.  Never occurred to me, believe it or not.  Anyway!   I’m matching fabrics to patterns and getting all nerdily organized (before being colossally disappointed once the fall semester rolls around and I realize I’ve got everything but time).  I can’t wait to hit Jo-Ann with my fall pattern list.  Before my dreams get totally crushed, I generally like to confirm that I have enough yardage for the pattern.

Say hello to organizational superiority.

I have encountered a roadblock.  Behold!  The deeply confusing yardage chart for Vogue 8901.

Vogue 8901 Yardage, View A

I’m finally getting in the practice of FBAs.  My high bust measurement is about 32-33″, depending on the day, and my full bust is 40-41″, which puts me at a 10-12 starting point.  My waist measurement puts me in a different stratosphere (three cheers for my gastrointestinal system!).  I have 2.78 yards of fabric that is 56″ wide.  How screwed am I, exactly?  Is the leap between the 14 and the 16 a cutting layout thing or what?

This is the Vogue sketch, shamelessly lifted from the Vogue website.

Novita from Very Purple Person made one, and I am now emotionally attached to the idea of it.  Go look.  Hers is super cute and involves pineapples.

Oh, here is the fabric:

Carolina Herrera Pink Splatter Check

Yeah.  Do we all remember that Pee Wee Herman episode?  If you love fruit salad so much, why don’t you maaaaarry it?  This fabric and I are pretty close to that.  I’m pretending I can wear it to class with a brown belt, navy cardigan, tights, and flats.  Let me alone with this delusion!  Also, this not effing up of the silk crepe de Chine delusion, but we’ll worry about that later.

Last night, I was photographing and cataloging the fabric.  Clive climbed on my bed, did a double take, sniffed the fabric, kneaded it, then decided it’s where he’d prefer to sleep.  He rejects cotton and wool, but has a thing for silk.  Fine, cat.  Fine.  I’ve been trying to institute a cat sheet policy, so that I can spend less of my life vacuuming (you can see a peek of it in the photo).  It’s obviously been going well.

Cats, y'all.
Cats, y’all.

A quick admin note: I’m messing around with themes in an attempt to find something that is functional and attractive.  I cannot figure out how to get the font smaller.  Oy.  I will eventually take the plunge and get all designy and shit, but I have no idea what I want this space to look like.  Clean?  Not cluttered?  Less dreadful than usual?

In any event, opinions are welcome on this most eventful post!  I’m rolling my eyes, reader.


33 thoughts on “‘splain this to me”

  1. Yep, that jump must be a layout thing. But I find I can usually get away with a lot less fabric than the pattern envelope says anyway – and I love the added challenge! You don’t know for sure that it’s going to work until you have the pattern pieces cut out (or traced and cut if you’re sensible), though…

  2. Personally, I think it’s a typo. But, usually you can save about 1/2 a yard by doing some creative layouts of your own instead of following theirs. Just lay it out before you start cutting to see if all the pieces fit, but I doubt you have any trouble.

    As far as themes and such go, I don’t mind the font being large (I usually enlarge it myself to spare my eyes), but I know that I’m personally not one to follow a blog if I can’t read the posts without clicking on “continue reading” links or if the posts are otherwise in little blurbs. I don’t have the patience for it, and I’m sure I’m missing out on a lot of great blogs because I’m picky like that, but that might be something to consider for your new readers…obviously once I’m started I don’t know what the home page layout is, but until then I prefer being able to read several posts without clicking more than a time or two. Also, I prefer if a blog doesn’t have a ton of those little doodads that make the page take a good portion of eternity to load. I prefer to keep my focus on the content, because I’m an easily distracted magpie. 😉 Hope that helps you!

    1. I do love that, ultimately, the yardages converge and whether or not you’re using 45″ or 60″ is inconsequential. Can’t wait to buy it and crack this code.

      Thanks for the feedback! I chose my last theme because I really wanted a byline and there were (allegedly) only two themes that allowed it. Now, there are so many more! I also don’t have the patience for the jump or for partial feeds or clickity things. I’m hoping for clean and easy-to-navigate in the future. I’d settle for not cluttered and not maddening, in the interim.


      1. Guess I’m not sure what a byline is. 😳 But, clean and easy to navigate seems like a grand idea. All the better to show off your pretty dresses!! 🙂

      2. No one outside of journalism does. Promise. My name! There’s a Charlotte Witherspoon Tumblr out there that’s pretty vile, and I needed to bump it down in ye olde Google results. The modern world is certainly a fun place.

  3. i never pay attention to the yardage requirements. you lose out on so much swearing that way.

    i’ve been trying to get my font bigger! i love the way you’re headed. pretty, clean, like a serene mind…

    1. It’s an adventure, obviously. I try to reserve my rage for pedestrians on Lexington Avenue and tourists in the line at Bouchon. Then again, I don’t share your public grace and composure.

      Thanks! That least theme was dreadful and I was anxious to give it the heave-ho, but it was the least ugly theme with a byline. Sigh.

  4. Ooh, for one second I thought I had that pattern and was scurrying to check the cutting layout, but then I realized I didn’t buy it after all. I love Novita’s pineapple dress, but the armhole scares me. I’m willing to believe that it’s a pattern layout jump, but I’m equally convinced that you have enough fabric unless you decide to go crazy pattern-matching. And even then… single-layer layout saves a lot of yardage if you can swing it. (Most of the time, I’d rather throw away large scraps than deal with single-layer in my apartment –I don’t have the space– but if you’re dedicated… you’re a better person for it!) I can’t wait for you to make it! Before I read your accessorizing plans, I totally imagined you headed to fall classes wearing it with navy tights, mustard/ochre flats, and a cardigan! You’ll look amazing!

    1. The side is frightening, but I’m telling myself that it’ll be easy to take in (if need be) and it’s just two fewer seams to match. Optimism is totally my thing, nowadays.

      I’m home, so we do have a huge dining table, as well as three really unhelpful pattern weights, so maybe a single-layer layout might work? Maybe?

      Look at that, with the overlapping visions. Then again, I always have grand plans of a totally chic and put-together campus look, only to roll into my closet bleary-eyed and come out looking like a disgruntled 1950s housewife or 90s grunge reject. It’s a look, at least.

      I keep halfway responding to your comment and getting distracted by the search for yellow shoes. I can never find any that are the perfect shade of mustard. Must! keep! digging!

  5. I think it is a misprint, because the size 16 in 45 inch fabric calls for 2 1/4 and the 60 inch is 2 3/4. Why would you need more fabric in the wider width? That is really bizarre. I’d check the pattern layout first.

    I like the new design. I prefer minimal. I like the font size.

    1. It’s such a confusing chart and just defies logic. Eventually you just need 2 7/8, no matter which width fabric or size you’re using? Strange. I always wonder how they measure these things.

      Thanks! I hope to actually have it intentionally designed, rather than templated, soon.

  6. Dude, I bet you’ve got enough for this! Are you planning to try to match up the plaid? It’s totally not necessary to go crazy with that, in my opinion, since the plaid’s sort of messy and whatnot. I bet you’ll be fine.

    Your online organization is impressive! But what, oh, WHAT are we going to do with all the orange ribbon fabric that Meredith seduced us into?! I have FIVE YARDS of it!

    1. Ha! Charlotte does not match plaids. I chose this pattern so that I wouldn’t have to match up the plaid on the bodice. That, and I think the fabric is splaterry enough for no one to notice or care.

      Oh, Meredith. She is an astonishingly great enabler. Maybe, perhaps when my mum was making an order during their free shipping event I got another five of the black. Maybe. Not sure. Who knows? I keep walking around with the orange draped about my shoulders, and can’t tell if I look super chic in the color, or like the Dalai Lama. I mean, His Holiness is super chic, but still. I’m thinking a shirtwaist dress might do the trick. Do you have plans for it yet?

      1. I agree! No need to be fussy with an abstract plaid like this!

        I was originally thinking of a maxi-length By Hand London Anna dress, but I’m starting to think I don’t want to wear that print from head to toe!

    2. tee hee, I bought 5 yards, too… and I think we killed the bolt! I wonder if it would work for your Mello Yellow dress? That’s my one of my favorite dresses EVER. It doesn’t look like it has too many seams, and obviously it works in a bright color! (Seriously, I love. that. dress.)

      PS Charlotte, I’m sure you look superchic in it and nothing like the Dalai Lama! Sure, he rocks bright colors, but does he have confetti & ribbons?! (Actually, he might… but I’m sure he doesn’t wear them!)

      1. Ahahahaha! We should travel around together like we’re in a weird Buddhist gang!

        I like the idea of using that vintage pattern! It doesn’t really have that many seams– I bet it could work! This fabric is a little softer and drapier, but I bet it could be done! I also think the Vogue pattern you used for your wedding dress would look super cool in this print!

      2. YES. Brass knuckles would be an excellent accent to the vibrant orange. I am IN.

        Why aren’t there comic books featuring stylish lady monks who kick ass and solve crimes? Ugh. Cruel universe.

      3. I’m fairly certain that even if the Dalai Lama doesn’t have confetti- and ribbon-prints stashed somewhere, he’d certainly approve of them.

        I second your pattern-fabric match recommendation to Sonja. The button choices alone are worth consideration.

  7. Layout those pieces like a boss! With creative placement you can generally make anything work.
    And may I say this new font size is rather comforting to a lady who has had too many Friday wines. Not that I know about this… 😉

  8. I likey the theme and I am super impressed with your Evernote pattern cataloging.

    I read this post about 2 hours, too late, as I have JUST swapped around and culled my fabric stash and there’s not a chance in hell of me taking it all out again to photograph it.

    1. My old system literally involved prewashing, (maybe) folding up the fabric, and chucking it in a bookcase.

      You’ve *culled*? I don’t have the heart to cull. I’m in googly-eyed love with all of my fabric. Which is troubling and leads to gross unproductiveness. This explains your super efficient list.

      1. If you could see how much more crap could have gone into the “GO” pile, you’d know I still have a ways to go. It’s the Fabric.com sales that resulted in much of it.

        Also, I really wanted that dress after Novita made it, too!

      2. Ah. I used to intern at Mood. I never really even had a stash, then suddenly fabric started following me home. I’m afraid of most of it.

        I am always super jealous of those fabric.com sales. Y’all make out like fiends!

  9. I love your new lay-out. My first thought literally was: “Wow, this got stylish and clean” (Not that it wasn’t before, but it is even better now!)
    Evernote? Is that a usefull program? How did you used it to order your stash? ‘Cause mine is overflowing crazy…

    1. Oh! Evernote is the jam. I just make an offline notebook, and add each piece of fabric as an individual note. I have a list of things that I like to include (where it came from, how much I have, etc.), plus the photo, and it all gets compiled into a neat little notebook.

      Yeah, my stash is basically alive. It keeps ballooning every time I turn around. I feel your pain!

  10. Now I’m tempted to use evernote to organise my stash! The desire to sleep on fabric is embedded in every cat’s DNA, my fabric stash is my cats preferred sleeping place :/ Are you still having trouble with the font? I could probably help you with that (I’ve coded my own themes in the past) if you emailed me 🙂

    1. Oh, you’re far too kind. WordPress wants me to upgrade to some sort of package that allows me to modify themes and tinker with code, though. I’m frowning. Thanks, Zoe!

      DO IT. Evernote is fantastic. Seriously. I tried using spreadsheets and just plain old notebooks, and nothing compares. I hate cutting swatches of my fabric, and digital cataloging is just the best. (Meredith only has good ideas, it seems.)

      1. Huh, I have a self-hosted wordpress blog and didn’t realise that you had to pay for custom css on wordpress.com blogs. I’ve done a search around for you and unfortunately, your only options are to pay the $30 (which is not worth it!!) or change to a theme with a smaller font. If you gave me the name of your theme I might be able to help you more 🙂

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