There’s a random free day in my city called “Ekka.” It has to do with the local fairs, or as they’re called here “shows.” I’m not personally interested, but Ekka falls on a Wednesday so I have a day off in the middle of the work week. That Wednesday, I woke up after months of not wanting to sew and thought- alright, it’s time to make a leafy dress.
I don’t know what normaly triggers mojo rejuvenation, but for me it came in a rather innocuous form:
Yes, that’s right, the Oliver + S picnic blouse. As a good “Australian” mommy, I’m on the lookout for summer clothes for my little bear that shields her tender flesh from the harsh sun. At the same time, I want her to be free and comfortable. I brought home this new pattern as soon as it arrived at work along with some japanese cotton, the weekend before Ekka. She was over the moon. Girl already gets fabric+new pattern= BIG FUN. She asked if we could cut it out together, and she wanted to use the overlocker.
I made the shorts more as an intellectual exercise than to make a pair of shorts. Curiously, the contrast band taught me something. Better than that, it kick-started my imagination. The contrast bands are created much like a facing, but one turned to the outside and stitched down. It’s a little twiddly, but when you take the time to do it well it comes out neatly.
I always pink interior seams instead of notching. It’s simpler.
There’s many ways to achieve an even top-stitching line. Here’s how I line mine up sometimes. I use a 3.0 stitch length because it looks good.
These shorts, despite carefully measuring Lila’s waist, fell right off over her flat little bottom. We both laughed til we cried, I’m sure she’ll grow into them this summer. I’m a fan of the teeny houndstooth. Turquoise is one of her “power colors,” which is perhaps a little silly to note on a 3 year old but I hope later she appreciates my attention to detail.
Oh well. The top was a win. She decided the print was “rabbit tracks.”
I found this technique so satisfying, I woke up on Ekka and thought “I’m making a black and white dress from that bengaline I stared at for the past year since my colleague gave me a big pile of her so-called ugly fabrics.” I drafted, I stitched, and the wearable results will feature soon.
Skirt before cutting. Half-circle experiment.
I’ve had several IRL comments on my last dress, especially the “upskirt” photos. Husband and I have a strong rapport, which is reflected in the photos. I used to take pains to sanitize myself here in the past, which might be part of why I quit writing for a while. I love that photo and decided to share it. I do apologize if I offended, though I don’t think I did exactly.
Ahem. You can comment here, too. That would be cool, you don’t have to lurk or be polite. I like to know what you think.
Students and colleagues, meet internet peeps. Internet peeps, meet irl students and colleagues. You all inspire me, I can’t imagine the vortex of amazing creativity we could generate if we all shared ideas.