last week i was inspired by soulemama to run right out to fabricland. Amanda posted about a new shirt she had made and wasn’t too happy about. I completely disagreed with her! I so wanted her shirt.
Now, I haven’t sewed clothing in forever. And I haven’t sewed clothing alot because the process has scared me. I love fabric and have a tendency to collect it and then be afraid of making anything out of it in case it’s not ‘perfect’ and i ‘waste’ the fabric.
As an aside, i do this alot in my life. Not just with sewing. With knitting, with paper crafts, with photography. I have all these ideas about things, i collect the materials and then i’m too afraid to do anything with them in case i ‘wreck’ it. I have even gone as far as to cut things out but haven’t been able to take them to the sewing machine or serger for fear of wrecking them. I even have this problem with bought clothes too. I buy new clothes (rarely! since i hate shopping and since i am a poor student!) and then i’m afraid of wearing them because they are ‘too nice’ and might be ruined.
no more, i said to myself. this is a cute shirt. fabric is fabric. there will always be more fabric. 🙂
I bought some random quilting fabrics (on a rediculous sale- it must have been fate for me to go to fabricland that day), since those seem to be the only nice cottons available to me here in Saskatoon. And I cut it the pattern while the fabric was pre-shrinking in the dryer.
As soon as the dryer was finished. I cut it out.
The fabric isn’t as ‘grape-y’ as it seems in the next photo. But it does have bees and ladybugs!
Now this is the point where my panic usually starts to set it. It’s cut out and now if i start sewing, i’m just going to ruin it. i have a skirt, a dress and a shirt all cut out and waiting in a box to be sewn for this reason.
I screwed up my courage and sewed.
i know this probably isn’t a big deal for most people. but for me it really is.
and i created the greatest shirt ever.
mike helped me with a *ahem* photo shoot. You can’t see the shirt all that well (mike- you’re an artist! i love you! I won’t question your art!) but i think you can see how much i love this shirt. I’ve worn in for 2 days straight.
even mooknee thinks it’s great.