Made me May…

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!

How I wore it:    
Here it is untucked:

The back:   
The fabric is rayon from JoAnns that has been in my stash for some time.  I have enough to left to make an infinity scarf!

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!!!

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4 thoughts on “Made me May…

  1. Well made! Your neckline finish is very neat. I happened to go to a short bias binding and piping class today. Discovered for the first time there is a thing such as a bias tape maker (old news to everyone else in the class, apparently). My life is changed!

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