A friend of my husband's keeps asking us to go to Mexico with him and his wife... and lie on a beach... for two weeks... at an all inclusive. Lying on a beach is so NOT me and I cannot imagine any possible way that I could make it through two weeks at an all inclusive without my sewing machine. Beaches stress me out. Sewing de-stresses me. Without my sewing machine, it's a given that I'd come back from a beach vacation completely grumpy. For me, the best of vacations includes creativity. Not beaches. And definitely not ships.
Apparently, I should just try a cruise because I'll like it. How is it that people who barely know you can determine that you'd absolutely enjoy being trapped on a ship if only you'd try it while you - who knows yourself quite well - knows for a fact that you won't like it at all. There is nothing about being stuffed in a floating suitcase with a gazillion other people that I find remotely enticing. The only thing worse is flying in a tin can. I do fly. Only when I can't drive. I love to drive.
Isn't it wonderful how as we age we know more and more about ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses, the things we want to do, and the things we definitely don't want to do? And even as we become more comfortable in our own skin, we're evolving through new phases and there's more to learn. VERY. Fun. While there are some things I'd do differently if I could go back in time, there's no time I'd go back to forever. The age that I am right now, with the knowledge I've accumulated so far, and the possibilities still stretched out in front of me, seems just fine to me.
As I've been aging, so have my sewing skills and one of the things I love about being an aging sewist - and by that I mean mature in sewing years as opposed to old age wise - is having a quicker awareness of when a project isn't going where it's supposed to be going. The trick is acting on your intuition because it's so easy to talk ourselves into continuing on when we really need to stop on the spot. You saw me do that with the blue cardigan earlier this month. I should have quit sooner.
It might have been the lace that seduced me into staying with the cardigan because I loved it so much that my very next project involved the same lace. Or maybe it's my zero waste approach. Or a reluctance to let the lace go to waste. Or the fact that it was already out in the studio.
I used it again - as an overlay - inspired by Anthropologie - except that in the pictures above, the t-shirt material is puckering and clinging in the back and in the front, the lace panel is stronger than the side panels and pushing them around and either Millicent and I need a bust raising event or the bust point needs to drop. That led me to...
... thoughts of another T & T t-shirt pattern - this time with princess seams - because aging sewist me knows that princess seams plus a center back seam equals the very best of fit. This pattern - Vogue 8323 - has over sixty reviews on PatternReview.com most of which are rated highly recommend. A few of the ones I read noted too much cap ease on the sleeve and some suggested a full bust adjustment while others didn't. When that happens...
... I look for a reviewer whose advice I trust. Belinda noted that the armhole seemed to be cut too high and when I looked at the pattern, the same side pieces are used for both the sleeveless and the sleeved versions. Since a sleeveless armhole should be an inch higher than one with a sleeve, I compared my T & T armhole with the pattern armhole and lowered it 3/4" leaving the sleeve cap as is because it matched the height of my T & T sleeve cap. Now to see how that works.
This isn't it. This is New Look 6735. Some bloggers are participating in January Jungle. This t-shirt was sewn in August 2010 so it doesn't count but was fun to include. It's become a favourite which is surprising since it's not a princess seamed pattern and it's not an expensive fabric - bought off a flat fold table marked way down with other cheap feeling prints. Apparently, this one was a lucky find. It has lovely drape and is very comfortable to wear which sort of illustrates why you need more than one T & T pattern although I'm not sure how you guess when you've chosen a fabric that's going to be loved to death.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - bonus ! ! ! the center panel on the new princess pattern is narrower than the one on the previous and I can reuse the lace panel. YES YES!