01 June 2010
it ain't called a challenge for nothin'
On Friday night, around 9pm, I decided that I should probably get started on that whole wardrobe challenge thing. So I did. I banged out this shirt in about two and a half hours. All the while, I was thinking that I probably shouldn't even count this one towards my challenge since I've already made this shirt four times and it almost felt like cheating (previous versions are here, here, and here).
Um, apparently I was getting a little cocky. You see, I really haven't sewn anything in close to a year and I thought maybe I'd ease my way back into it with an old favorite. After I banged this one out in two and a half hours, I tried it on, and, um, it was way too big. I still can't quite figure this out since I made the same size as the other three I have and those fit me, but this one was clearly too big. So I spent Saturday and Sunday ripping it apart. And then I re-cut and re-sewed it one size smaller on Monday.
Something is still not quite right, it appears to be slightly lopsided and it's definitely smaller than the other ones I've got. But it's done, it's wearable, and I'm counting it as submission number one to the great 2010 wardrobe challenge. As an aside, the pattern is Simplicity/Built By Wendy 3835 and I made it out of a really nice chambray that I picked up off the remnant shelf at Treadle. And now, well now I'm totally motivated to get going on some more garments and was already pouring over more patterns last night.
How about all of you? Are any of you out there who wanted to play along making any progress? I'm curious to see how you're all doing out there!
Also...a few links for you this week:
...check out my guest post over at Abby's! She and her husband just moved from Portland to Austin and asked some friends to guest blog about road trips while they were heading south.
...Shanna's got a new desktop calendar! This time she collaborated with the wonderfully talented Hannah Huffman and it's wonderful. I changed my desktop the second I saw it.
...Claire's new mix is amazing. Period.
...I made something akin to this last week with the last of my frozen apricots and cherries, and it was amazing. In fact, it might have had the most crunchy-good crisp topping I've ever tasted. Definitely a recipe to keep in mind as summer fruit season creeps in.
PS: I'm slowly cleaning up the ole blog here, so if you notice a little tinkering here and there, that's what it's all about. For now, I've added a handy dandy search box on the sidebar there for all those pressing things I wrote about two years ago that you can't find.