I am so annoyed.
What, can’t you tell? When I took these pics, all was well – nice pattern, nice tops! I downloaded them into Lightroom, then deleted the photos from the camera card to clear room for my next photoshoot… and somehow, deleted the versions Lightroom was using as well! Did they not properly download? What the heck? I could still see the preview, but when I opened them, it said “Photo is missing!”
I thought about retaking the photos, but the light had changed, and, well, I’m really stubborn. In order to get the slightly-blurry, low-res pictures you see now, I did the following:
- fiddled with Lightroom to get the preview image as big as possible on the screen
- screen-captured each photo- basically, I took a picture of my pictures, which means the resolution is only as good as my screen
- imported the screen-captured .tiff files into iPhoto so I could edit them a bit with it’s sub-par editing tools, because Lightroom had let me edit some and not others
- exported the pictures as jpegs, so that I could…
- collage them in Picmonkey so that each image was smaller and the low-quality wouldn’t be as obvious!
Was it worth it? Nope. But dammit, I got halfway and then there was no turning back!
Now, on to this pattern! It’s the first time I’ve used a Hey June pattern, and overall I’m happy. There are lots of variations, and it’s a HUGE pdf, but happily the instructions tell you what pages to print for each view.
This tank top is the cut-away shoulder view, and I’m really pleased that I can actually wear a normal bra underneath! (That said, it’s a me-made bra with the straps set narrow at the back…) I bought this ITY specifically for trying out this pattern, and cut it with a straight hem so I could use the border print. I rather like the look of the longer hem at the sides, so I might try straightening the hem again!
My second version is the colour-blocked tee. This one is a rayon print with black bamboo sleeves. I think rayon is really ideal for this pattern – something with a lot of drape!
For reference, this is the hem as drafted. It’s curved at front and back, and higher at the sides. I find mine rides back on the shoulders a bit, so I should perhaps consider a forward-shoulder adjustment or FBA… but that seems like too much work for such an easy breezy shape!
Overall, here are my thoughts on the pattern:
- lots of variations
- feels modern and fun to wear
- easy to fit and doesn’t take much fabric
- with some length added, it would be a cute trapeze dress (like the Papercut Sway dress, the Groove dress or Heather B’s awesome pattern hack tutorial)
- needs good posture or it looks dumpy
- all that volume calls for balance – I went for my tightest skinny jeans and a necklace to break up the uniboob
Have you ever lost your photos? Commiserate with me, please! Were you able to save them?