I have to admit, when the voting came around for this month’s TMS challenge, I believe I voted for “Put a fox on it”. Yes, there are some adorable fox prints out there… but I’m pretty the majority had it right on this one in selecting birds! :)
Plus, I already had bird fabric in my stash from months ago! I got it back when we were living in Wyoming, shortly before we left. I had to travel to Utah to take my California pharmacy licensure exam (somehow this was the closest testing site) :/, so after the test I dragged Danny to A Fashionable Stitch back when she had her brick & mortar store open. It was an adorable place and I couldn’t pass up this beautiful cotton voile. I told myself it was my celebratory gift for passing my exam (even though I didn’t hear the results for months… I told myself I could use it as soon as I found out I passed… so considering I passed and have been working for months now, it was about time to use it) :) So thank you, TMS peeps, for helping me break into my stash!
Pattern: (Vintage) McCall’s 6367, view B. It’s one of the patterns I have from my grandma and the first vintage garment pattern I’ve used (assuming that time I made a tie doesn’t count) :)
The Result: About halfway through, I realized I should have chosen a fabric with more drape for this pattern. I added a few darts in the front and a few in the back (all definitely not part of the pattern), I took in the sides an inch or so on each side, and closed up the arm opening about 3 inches on each side to stop it from sticking out all crazy. It should have been a decently quick make, but it turned into quite the project. Worked out alright in the end… because of the print you really can’t tell that the darts are extremely uneven and multidirectional unless you look close. I had no idea what I was doing! :/
The buttons I used came from my button jar… which consists mostly of ones I got from my grandma, plus a few that came from other various places. I’m pretty sure I will never need to purchase buttons. Does everyone have a button jar? I can remember growing up playing with the buttons from my mom’s button jar, so naturally I had to make one of my own when I started sewing. There’s something strangely relaxing about sifting through buttons to find the perfect ones (and matching ones!). Am I right? Or am I just crazy? :)
Ugh… don’t look too close at it. This is where it becomes glaringly obvious I was clueless how to fix my problem. Question: If you have too much bulk in the back of your shirt – what is that called? Does it have a name? And what do you do to fix it? Must add to my to do list: research shirtmaking.
In the end, with all of my alterations, I probably should have just taken the whole thing apart and started over… but I didn’t know how to fix my problems anyway :/ So that’s that. It’ll get worn, regardless!
Until next time,