Hi. I'm back in the land of the living. That cold just knocked me out. And, I've watched so much Law and Order: Criminal Intent that I keep telling my husband that if he ever wants to separate he should just break up with me instead of poisoning me. He just looks at me and goes back to his Lincoln book. He draws the line at tasting the cough medicine before I take it. (He is a very patient man.)
I have been sewing in the past week: Simplicity 3887. I have made this pattern a zillion times before, and I will probably make it a zillion times more. This shirt is what I like to wear instead of a T-Shirt. The traditional T-Shirt shape looks really bad on me, and usually I want something casual, but a step up. I do have to iron these, but I'm willing to do it if it makes me feel better about how I look.
Yeah, I am aware that dinosaur camo is not really appropriate for a 41 year old, which leads me to a little note on style and why I sew. I have been sewing since I was a kid, and while I have not amassed a large arsenal of professional skills, I can figure out most patterns. I'm working on learning harder skills, but I don't sew to mimic ready-to-wear and most of the things I like aren't really that complicated. I have never really enjoyed wearing what was in at the moment. In the 80's I wore reworked 70's clothes and vintage, in the 90's I added jeans and mens work shirts and in the 00's I wore crap. (I gained some weight and got too busy to care. I am currently trying to rectify this situation.) I love looking at clothes and I looooooove reading sewing blogs to learn new things and see what everyone else is making. However, I usually don't want to wear any of those things. I like skirts and simple tops. I like to wear rolled up jeans and my T-Shirt substitutes. I like older styles and will soon start working on my first vintage dress:
The dress is from 1949 and I think it would look lovely in navy with white dots. (I'm going to do the scalloped version.) My goals are always to make more complicated garments, but in the end I just end up making what I want to wear. I have some challenging things that I have cut out, but I never get to them because I usually want to fill a hole in my wardrobe.