Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I'm always lamenting that fact that I don't make enough things just for me, so I'm making a more concerted effort at the moment.
I'm taking my inspiration from Michelle at Buttontree Lane and her participation in Self Stitched September.
I can't quite imagine having enough me made clothes in my wardrobe to be able to put together an outfit every day for a month but.... that's my aim!
It all began with this vintage pattern from the oppy. Back in the olden days it seems that some patterns were not sold with size variations, and sizing was a bit different to what we consider standard now.
I assumed (quite wrongly) that size large would be perfect.
After sewing the basic seams (and before overlocking), I tried it on and it looked more like a sack.... with arm wings large enough that a gust of wind might have been able to carry me away. So that's when I ditched the pattern and just started freestyle sewing, beginning with the side seams.
I made the arm wings smaller, and then slightly gathered them and finished them with binding.
I added top stitching to the side pockets so that they would sit neatly....
.... and instead of the large wide belt, I made a skinnier tie up belt and added belt loops so that it would sit nicely around my waist.
I'm quite happy with how it turned out. Next time, I might try something more complicated.... and perhaps without wings?