Once upon a time there was a semi savvy seamstress who thought she was clever enough to do just about any old thing. She bought fancy linen fabric. She bought an exotic Japanese craft book.
She was baffled that the patterns weren't in the craft book but since she reads and speaks no Japanese what-so-ever, it takes several days for her to realize it does include instructions to draw up the pattern yourself. The blouse in the picture was lovely.
There were diagrams. The fancy pleating looked straight forward enough. She thought she could handle it. She cut right into the fancy linen.
The blouse was a disaster. There were no photos.
Her confidence blown, she shelved the whole mess for 4 long months.
A New Year came... and with it, the Annual Cleaning of the Closet. The Unfortunate Blouse came out of the closet and on to "The Pile That Must Be Finished". The crafty woman, using a technique both simple and forgiving, finally completed the project.
Not too bad.
Clever, once again.
(thanks to KnitSonya for the photos in the park!)