Toni & Bezzie Get To Know Each Other
Good news: Toni handles like a dream. She's quiet. She doesn't bounce around the table. When her bobbin is less than half full she doesn't throw a hissy fit.
Bad news: The neighbors probably think I'm having an affair because literally I would exclaim with sheer delight "Ohhh Toni!!!!"
On to the fruits of my experimentation with Toni this weekend.
Pattern: McCall's 2094
Fabric: Some 100% quilting cotton I picked up on my bi-annual trip to Joann's here in New Jersey (which is sorely lacking in fabric stores that don't suck).
Mods: Even though Toni makes three one-step buttonholes (purrrrrr!), I haven't tried the buttonhole feature yet. I really enjoy the look of my beloved snaps.
I wasn't too jazzed about this simple calico when I bought it, but I'm totally in love with the color now!
I also didn't use interfacing in the collar. Oooo! I didn't want an over-stiff collar. Plus I'm running low on interfacing and see aforementioned the comment about lack of decent fabric stores in Northern New Jersey that aren't a 45 minute drive away.
The collar isn't the greatest. But it could be worse.
It came out really 1970's butterfly. I think because now that I look at the pattern envelope, I should have put a snap closer to the top. What can I say? I'm a sucker for some good pseudo-cleave.
The only thing differently I think I might have done was shorten the sleeves a bit. I think a half inch to an inch off of them would have been nice.
Overall--great pattern and a great cherry popper for me and Toni. I have plans to make a plain version of this blouse.