The Cendre Top blooper reel

Cendre top blooper reel

It’s not often that I misjudge a fabric/pattern/thread combo, but it happens!

Please take a look and enjoy a giggle.

Cendre top blooper reel Red top with frills
The Cendre top version with frills!
Cendre top blooper reel maybe in vintage baby cord
Hmm….I wonder what it would look like made in this soft vintage babycord? It could be a useful option for cooler weather.
Cendre top blooper reel feeling the fabric
This stuff is as soft as butter!
Cendre top blooper reel trying to find the right thread colour
Gee, these old fabrics are really hard to match to modern thread colours!
I need overlocker thread for the frills but I can’t get a perfect match – even the shop has none.
Cendre top blooper reel taupe thread
I’ll have to go contrast. I’ll use this taupe thread then maybe I could wear it with my beige wool skivvy.
(Can you see this going wrong yet?)
Cendre top blooper reel admiring the rolled edges
The overlocker took the fabric superbly! Just look at those fine rolled edges!
Cendre top blooper reel pinning the frills on
Working away….pinning the frills on….better take a photo for Instagram….
Cendre top blooper reel medieval cosplay anyone
And….medieval cosplay anyone?

How can it look so wrong? On reflection, the babycord looks a little like velvet, the taupe thread looks like old-gold trim and probably the puffed sleeves add to combination.

Cendre top blooper reel unpicked frills
How to fix? Clearly the frills had to go, and as expected they left marks on the babycord.
Cendre top blooper reel all unpicked
I used this technique to lift the marks, followed by brushing with a clothes brush.
The frills weren’t so marked, since they hadn’t been crushed between layers.
Cendre top blooper reel better
The frills got sewn into ties (they’re just pinned on here) and it’s looking half reasonable.
I might sew a tiny hook and eye to close the front neckline slit.

So the message is: match the thread 🙂



  1. Sue Stoney on November 16, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    You made me laugh but I quite liked those contrast ruffles!

    • lizhaywood on November 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Cheers, Sue! My children thought it was a fancy dress costume!

    • donna on November 16, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Love the storytelling, Liz! Kept wondering what was coming up. I think your kids were a bit harsh, but I prefer it without the gold trimmed ruffles!

      • lizhaywood on November 16, 2020 at 6:50 pm

        Harsh? I call it “unfiltered”. It keeps me grounded in reality 🙂
        Thanks for the nice comment Donna 🙂

  2. Chris Schwab on November 17, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Great save since it would have been a shame to forgo that lovely soft cord. I am not usually a fan of ruffles-I have square features and um a very curvy upper body so adding more volume there doesn’t suit my frame so I like the ties better on the whole. Always a delight to see what you’re up to. And my three kids are also unfiltered- as is my husband. Some days I marvel that that have all lived…we must love each other a lot- since I am also highly unfiltered too. Thanks for the chuckle today. And I think I am going to start basting more often to avoid the unpicking ….

    • lizhaywood on November 17, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Chris 🙂 I’m not an especially ruffly person myself but they do add volume to a flat chest and prevent one from being mistaken for a young lad.
      I too am married to a Mr Unfiltered, but on the whole I think that’s a good thing – who wants to be surrounded by Yes men?

      • Rachel on November 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm

        What’s wrong with medieval cosplay? Historybounding is quite the thing at the moment, and all the better for being zero-waste.

      • lizhaywood on November 20, 2020 at 9:05 pm

        You’re absolutely right – there’s nothing wrong with medieval cosplay (unless you weren’t aiming for that). I haven’t heard of historybounding, but I just looked it up and fell down a rabbit hole into a fascinating, talented community I didn’t know existed. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Clare MacDonald on November 17, 2020 at 9:13 am

    What a great adventure and a rescue saved the day in the end. This is so refreshing! I’ve had a number of detours that were challenging. How dull would it be if everything went according to plan everytime? We’d never learn

    • lizhaywood on November 17, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Exactly! – where would the excitement in life be?

  4. Margaret Ginns on November 17, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Once the frills were removed from the blue cord blouse, I would like to see a softer fabric tie around the neckline, maybe silk or another ‘drapy’ fabric.
    I just love your ideas for removal – the lovely ‘cord’ fabric can be so forgiving.

    • lizhaywood on November 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Margaret, thanks for commenting and thanks for the ideas – I might unpin the ties and try out some scarves etc.

  5. Kim on November 19, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Oh dear. It happens to the best of us. Thanks for the giggle

    • lizhaywood on November 19, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Kim. Yep, gotta laugh 🙂

  6. Hilary on May 2, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Smiling with you!
    Your children’s comments! They can be so honest. I asked my son if he thought I could wear the trousers I’d just made and he replied, “What? Out?”. Says it all! :))

    • lizhaywood on May 2, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      I know! So honest! Yet often hilarious too 🙂

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