16 March 2008

And another one. Still learning.

Here is the other fabric that didn't make it into the photos from my last post (this one was also from Sally's Tag Sale-a vintage "made especially for JoAnn Stores"). When I was buying most of this fabric, I did actually have loose ideas for what I would use them for. Interestingly, most of those ideas were various articles of clothing for myself. Hmmm. Of course, now that I actually have all the fabric in hand, I'm feeling quite indecisive. What I originally thought would be perfect for a shirt, now maybe looks like it would be better as a skirt, and on and on and on like that.

Well, I bit the bullet with one of them and turned out another one of these. I lengthened it a bit to make it more like a tunic, and widened the neck and armhole facing pieces a little- mostly to make them easier to work with, but I ended up liking the way it changed the look just a little bit. Once it was done, I realized it was freaking huge on me. (Does this sound familiar?). WTF?! So I very carefully (since this fabric is quite thin, and I have not yet caught on that I should really be making muslins here) ripped the pieces apart and took in the sides a good 2 1/2 inches each and added two darts to the upper back piece. Much better.

I'm really happy with how it finally turned out. I had been really hoping to make myself something new to take to California so I'm glad that I was able to finish this in time. (For the record, I've already worn it two days in a row- but then again, isn't that what you're supposed to do with brand new clothes?).

For a while now, I've been working on some ideas for clothing designs, but I am absolutely terrified of making up my own pattern. I know I'll get there eventually, but it just seems so daunting. How am I supposed to know measurements and all that? Aside from the obvious just copying an existing garment- or is that what I'm supposed to do? Who knows. In any case, I certainly feel like I've made eons of progress in the last year. (I think it was right around this time a year ago when I was getting myself psyched up to try to follow a pattern). So I'm hoping that this learning curve just keeps on going and I'll be making my own designs (at least for myself- to start anyways) soon enough.

{Scarf knitted by my mom, definitely up there with the best Hanukkah presents ever. It's so amazingly soft, and happens to match this shirt beautifully}


  1. You mom knits some fabulous scarves and you top turned out awesome too :)

  2. I love the gathers under the breast line, very nice accent.

    I got my package today! Thanks, I love everything but my favorite is the coin purse.