I have a craft crush on my sewing machine. Yup, that’s what I said. A few times over the last few months I’ve heard my husband say he had a “man crush” on something. The generator, a tool…something inanimate. Well, I figure if he can have a “man crush” on an inanimate object, I can have a craft crush on my sewing machine. So I do. And I’m not ashamed to say it.
Earlier this week, I made this ruffled blouse for myself. I found the fabric on clearance at Walmart for $2. Yes, I know, it broke my own rules to always buy better quality fabric when possible, but for $2, I thought it was worth it because I wanted to make a test garment of this pattern before I set to work using more expensive fabric. I began to work, just giddy with myself!! It turned out wonderfully. There was however, a small problem. Or more accurately, a short problem. I had shortened it too much and had to compensate, so I added an additional ruffle at the bottom. All in all, I think the modification was a perfect addition!
I was so thrilled with it, that when sweet little A woke up the next morning I just had to share it with her! Yes, I know, a new level of pathetic-ness, seeking approval from a 5 year old. But from the way her face lit up, I knew I had done well. I said, “I have enough fabric left….would you like something too?” She was delighted at that idea and wanted something that matched. So the next night I pulled out a very simple pattern for her and added the ruffles all on my own! And here is where I am especially proud of my diligence….I put in sleeves!!! Yes! I did!! (join me in a happy dance here!)
And thanks to the photographic efforts of my son, here we are together today, in front of a lovely backdrop of garbage cans. Note to self: don’t plan photoshoot on garbage day.
Pattern: It’s So Easy, It’s Simplicity E4927 (size 5 – ruffle modifications by myself) Fabric, David Textiles from Walmart (polka dot), Moda Fabric (solid pink)
Pattern: Simplicity E1831 (sorry – not telling you the size LOL) with ruffle addition at bottom hem. Fabric: David Textiles from Walmart
I’m working on putting together a list of “tips and tricks for a new seamstress – one self-taught seamstress to another” (sorry to be so old fashioned, but sewer, is well, a yucky thing, and sewwer isn’t a word!) Stay tuned, maybe next Friday! -
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