What To Sew When Your Fabric Goes MIA
The other day I woke up in a house with no children and a fabulous idea of what I wanted to sew. Unfortunately, I also woke up with a killer cold and, despite searching high and low, I couldn't find the fabric that I was looking for (it remains MIA). In the end, though, the missing fabric ended up being fortuitous because it led me back to this beautiful cotton lawn that my sister brought back from Pakistan a couple years ago. It was a little over two yards of fabric but it was also on the narrow side so there were some definite limitations as to what I could make with it. Also, it had a really beautiful border print so I wanted to make sure that it was incorporated in some way. In the end I decided to go back to the Scout Tee pattern with some minor modifications. I started by lengthening the sleeves to around 3/4 length and I cut the sleeves against the grain to incorporate the border pattern into the sleeve ends. I also lengthened the body considerably (maybe four inches? I'm terrible about keeping track of these things). I attempted to make more of a shirt tail hem on the sides but I didn't do a drastic enough modification so it's barely noticeable.
Most of the seams are French seamed since the fabric is ever so slightly sheer but my sleeves are just serged in. A couple years ago I followed Jen's tutorial on French seaming sleeves, but honestly, I found it to be a major pain in the butt.
And that's it, although I'm debating whether I should have made a size four instead of a size two (like I have in the past). My body has definitely changed over the last couple years and I feel like I'm still figuring out what sizes to sew and what modifications to make. I'd like to thank growing older and having two kids for these fitting issues.
On a slightly more humorous note, I had Ben retake a couple of these pictures because my posture was so bad in them. He told me, "That should be your New Year's resolution. Better posture."
I told him, "It was. Last year."
To which he replied, "How's that working for you?"
Not so good, I guess.