It’s Made me May! I don’t know why I get so excited about MMM – but it’s like a little celebration for sewists. I love all of the photos and discussions on hand made clothing. For me, it’s a time to reflect on my hand made wardrobe, how it works for my daily life, and my growth as a seamstress.
I recently posted about slowing down, taking my time, making sure I get “it” right. I’ve been more mindful about my sewing lately.
Case in point: I let my 8 year old do a bit of sewing on my machine this weekend – she said to put the stitch speed on “turtle” – and then wisely observed, “they have it backwards – rabbit should be slow.” Having recently participated in a school program about Aesops Fables, the comment was not lost on me. Out of the mouths of babes.
I’ve been reflecting on her comment this weekend while sewing. I have been working on adapting Blank Slate Patterns Blanc Tee to woven (it’s intended for knits). I came to realize simple doesn’t always equate to quick (though, this was pretty quick!). I took my time, made what was supposed to be a wearable muslin – rushed the neck & bias binding – wearable muslin is now a wadder. Lesson learned.
For this version, I knew the size was right from the muslin. I cut a medium, since this was going to be out of a woven fabric. I stay stitched the neck. Made bias tape. Rolled hem the bottom and sleeves. Result? A shirt I ABSOLUTELY love! The bias tape was the best I’d ever done!
Overall, really love this. I think it will get a ton of wear – both for work and casual. Next up? Gonna make a dress out of this same pattern.
Slow down, take your time, enjoy learning & the process.
I think made me may is off to a great start!!!