Even the most experienced sewist can make mistakes, have wonky seams, and have to re-start garments. And sometimes the fabric works against creating that perfect garment. Initially, we chose this beautiful cotton from Anna Maria Horner's Loominous collection to make the Here & There Dress/Top, part of her new Simple Start pattern collection.
|Choosing the fabric and pattern is the first step!|
The top has two versions for the back - a "wrap" look or a diagonal insert, as shown above. We opted for the Version B diagonal insert, but we planned to adjust the length for a top.
The Here and There top is indeed a "Simple Start" to your wardrobe. It has basically three pattern pieces: front, back, and back insert. We cut our insert on the diagonal of this plaid. You can complete this cute top in five relatively simple steps:
1) Sew the shoulder seams
2) Attach the back center insert
3) Complete the bias bound neckline
4) Sew up the side seams
5) Finish off the sleeve and hem edges
When pressing the garment, Laurel noticed a couple of things which might have resulted in a new addition to the donation pile.
1) The fabric had a slight fading down the center front. This can happen to fabrics as they sit on the shelf or are exposed to light. We try to catch those pieces before we sell them, but often the line is so faint that you can miss it in the layout. This one we could not avoid.
|Right down the center!!!!!|
We probably could have lived with the back thing, but since the whole garment lost some of its spark from these two issues, it was time to start ripping. It took as long to undo this mistake and fix it as it took to make the whole shirt! "Momma said there'd be days like this, there'd be days like this, my Momma said"....
The fix for the front fading line was simple enough. Since the back had a nice diagonal insert, why not cut a bias strip and cover the faded fabric? You have be meticulous in your cutting, pressing and pinning of the strip, but it's better than tossing out a perfectly wearable garment, albeit slightly flawed.
A good pressing and Voila! From Meh to Yeah!
|We definitely need some cute buttons, right?|
|Love this back!!!|
As we just saw, when things don't go as planned, we discover more about the pattern, about the fabric, and even about our own life that can be shared with others. It truly is the time for us to give permission to ourselves to be really imperfect! It may be time to learn more skills you may need to cultivate through local classes, blogs, youtube, and other tutorials all around us.
You can even search through my previous blogs for inspiration. Check out what I did previously from some of the cottons from the Loominous collection!
|Dress No. 1 from a previous blog|
|Top No. 1 is a hit! Read about it on this blog|
We love how our InstaSisters from all over the world share their sewing trials and tribulations right there for us all to see (and learn from). Creating a Destiny Wardrobe (more details on what this is all about in my next blog!) starts with one successful garment that you love, so make it an easy one to get started. Choose a fabric that speaks to you and ignites your vision. As you hone your skills and develop new capacities, you will find that wearing me-made garments or "Clothes that Matter" will boost your confidence, help you express your creativity, and inspire others. This is how we are catalyzing a worldwide movement. We are now creating a world that is more collaborative and interconnected. Your me-made clothes and my clothes make a huge difference and matter!
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