I'm not sure. But I think that might be what's actually going on here.
All I know is that I come home frantically thinking about all the sewing I should be getting done, trying to plow through, only to lose myself in the deadline instead of the process of sewing.
I haven't really spoken on Charlotte's concept for Mindful Sewing, but let me just say that it's a concept I aspire to endlessly. Just not accomplishing it very well. Instead, I want to sew like a freight train wants to arrive at its destination.
Such is what happened with my Bambi shirt, which, I suppose I thankfully could not immediately share due to technical difficulties after completing it. It forced me to slow down a little bit.
As stated earlier, I made the shirt for the Sew Weekly challenge based on a picture of me as a child. I wanted to use a picture of me at the age of five wearing a tiiiiiny little Bambi t-shirt. In my mind, it was my muscle shirt, and it was my favorite. I never felt tougher than when I wore my Bambi shirt. I could have sworn that I had a copy of the picture I had in mind a week or so ago, but I was to find I was wrong.
I had to take a quick phone pic at my mom's house yesterday so I could post this.
Anyhow, I'm going to do a quick and dirty review of the deets on the pattern and a confession of my issues with this project:
|Source: Cation Designs|
Fabric: super soft and bouncy remnant jersey, $7/ yard? (Everything is $7 to me if I can't remember. It's been in my stash for a while).
Notions: stretch lace and a blue button, courtesy of Kat's Moon Munkie Mystery Make package. Grosgrain ribbon. Acrylic paint
Additional: In order to make the shirt Bambi related, besides the tight fit (in some places), I added a print of a fawn silhouette. I admit I am pretty proud of drawing that little fawn myself. The butterfly came later.
1. PRIMARY ISSUE: I didn't do a muslin/toile.
2. I used a jersey that simply was not in existence in the 70s, which means it behaved in ways that just didn't suit the cut of the pattern.
|Puffy sleeves, and weird neck pull.|
3. Even after taking about 2 inches of ease out of these sleeves, they're still too puffy for my tastes.
4. The back was too droopy on me (see #2), and the zipper was totally inappropriate and wonked out the shape of the back (see pics).
|Zipper totally bowing out the back|
|Excess fabric, wavy zipper, just not working.|
|Back, taken in. Button and eye/hook added to top later. Better, but I still feel like there's a mild case of scoliosis.|
6. The jersey is quite synthetic, and couldn't handle high temps from the iron, so my original plan to use a freezer paper stencil for the fawn was second guessed. I wasn't sure the freezer paper would stick at the fabric appropriate temp. So I used plain looseleaf, a roller for the acrylic paint, and totally slopped up the process.
7. The jersey was "hairier" than I anticipated, so the edges are muddled on the fawn.
8. I got paint on the shirt where I didn't want it. So I made it a butterfly.
9. In trying to add the lace casings for the ribbon, I overlooked the tension change, leaving me with some sloppy seams. I was too tired and crazed to care to change it at that point.
Okay, so that wasn't very quick. But it was pretty dirty, right? I mean...
I think this project counts as a Sew, Baby! entry for separates, altering patterns, and vintage, don't you?