Saturday, August 20, 2011

Can you say "sewing frenzy?"



It seems like the busier I am at work the more I want to sew. It's SEW relaxing! Do you see what I did there?  Giggle. Anyway, this week was ferociously busy getting ready for an event today (CARE Fair for those who know what it is), and of course yesterday I decided I wanted a new shirt to wear. So I bought the fabric, washed it, ironed it, traced the pattern, cut the pieces and sewed the shirt together all last night.

Last summer I drafted a shirt based on one I own. It turned out pretty well, but parts of it bugged me. Corinnea had bought a pattern which was almost exactly what I had drafted and it came out perfect! After seeing several versions of it throughout blog-land I broke down and bought the pattern. I didn't like having a tie in the back (it bugs me when I'm driving) so I drafted it to sew in the "belt" around the back. I also split the back to have a different fabric on top. That wasn't part of the original pattern.

The pattern I used is Simplicity 7188 in Germany (which is the version I used) and Simplicity 3750 in America. The bird fabric is from Aviary 2 from Joel Dewberry.

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

I bought this pattern too! This is adorable Kelly. I love the sleeves!!! It's very cute and flattering on you. Thank you for inspiring me! Now I need to make it. Did you need to alter the size any? Give me all the details:)

Kelly's Korner said...

Thanks Jennifer! I did not do any alterations. I have the German pattern so the sizing is different. In order to make a 14 I have to make a EUR 44, which on their pattern is a size 18!

Tina said...

This is really cute on you Kelly. I love the fabric choice, and I agree with you, ties on the back are not comfy when you sit or drive. Well done!

pearlswirl said...

Soo cute! Well done, I love those fabrics together and I remember you telling me a long time ago you wanted more yellow/gray combinations! Well done! maybe i'll get back into sewing at some point too! :)

Becky said...

Love this! The prints look really nice together. And the colors are just fun.

Anonymous said...

Very flattering! Love it!
Love you!
Mom

Corinnea said...

Oh dear you have Aviary 2.... I LOVE that bird fabric. Trying to think of a good reason not to order it, you are not helping. Love the top on you, love it without the ties!

lizy said...

Cuuuuute! You look great! Love that fabric ;)