Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

I may have lost my interest in sewing.  Actually, I am still quite interested in sewing, just not interested in doing it myself.  I can't bring myself to open up the tissue, trace a pattern, make fitting changes...the sewing is fine.  Just don't want to do the all-important pre-work.  I have done a few small projects -- but haven't opened a pattern envelope in quite some time.

A few weeks ago, I saw this Eileen Fisher piece and it looked so easy to make.  Nordstrom's website even gave me some measurements:
Very simple - cut-on sleeves, no darts.  The asymmetry is the biggest complication, and they gave me the measurement!  So I started draping my own version immediately.  Never mind that I am not built like a fashion version needed shaping, so I put darts in the front and pleats in the back, and I ended up making my sleeves a little longer.  It's still pretty baggy, but not as tent-like as it may have been.
With my daughter and the biggest crape myrtle I've ever seen.

Not a great photo to show off the top.  It also doesn't show that I accidentally sewed the short side of the back to the long side of the front.  But in the spirit of "there are no mistakes" (and "I'm feeling too lazy to unpick this seam"), I left it.  So, it's doubly asymmetrical.  Which I don't mind at all.  It is really comfortable, and great for a (hot) weekend day.  I also wore it to a fancy garden party with some nicer pants and a silver belt, and didn't feel a bit out-of-place.  The fabric is a linen/cotten blend from Hancock -- optic white that I dyed "dragon fruit" with Dharma's procion.  This was my first time sewing with a linen and I really loved it.

The pants I'm wearing in the photo are about ten years old -- which is REALLY old for white pants -- I usually wear them out or stain them too much after one summer to wear them again.  After all the hot water washes to keep them white, they had shrunk in the length just enough that I wasn't comfortable wearing them any longer, so I sewed a small casing, and turned them into a comfy pair of summer cargo pants.

My daughter thought it was a really weird get-up.  And it probably is, but that's all I've got to show for my summer, so far.  And that may be all there is.  I'm reading about sewing, watching some sewing videos, and of course reading a lot of blogs, but I just can't get excited about doing much of it myself.   

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