|Detail of fabric|
By the time I got home I was fed up. But then my day brightened up as a friend dropped by bearing gifts. A gift that would brighten any sewer's day I think....a bin bag of old fabrics that her mum was going to throw out. Dog poo, arguments, sleeplessness were all dissolved.
I set to and over the next week, in little tiny steps, made myself a Nora top. The pattern is from Ottobre Autumn/Winter 2010. I made one before so already had the pattern pieces traced and cut out.
|The Nora pattern|
I have to confess I sewed this up really quite badly. I used a zig zag setting on my machine. There is no high quality finishing - but luckily no fraying with this synthetic fabric. I omitted the interfacing for the yoke. I handstitched the hem and the sleeve hems. This was because I can do handsewing in the car outside school while Rocket Girl naps. I am not sure how long this top will last. But right now I am in an awkward place with what to wear, lots of my old tops are a bit too tight in the chest and I don't want to spend lots of time and energy making new tops when I will be changing shape again once I stop feeding Rocket Girl. (I hope) So this top fills a gap which in turn fits with my sewing plans and aspirations - to make a wardrobe that fits my life and I actually wear.
|You cannot see this season's accessory du jour: baby sick on the left shoulder.|
|Nora tee over Lumpy Me (hey, I am a poet)|
DO: choose a pattern you have sewn before, something simple and something already cut out
DON'T: Choose a new pattern which requires a muslin, fitting and thought
DO: Use cheap or old fabric you are not attached to
DO: Keep your sewing machine and equipment in an easy to reach place - for once not having a special craft/sewing room is a bonus as my sewing stuff is in the dining room and I don't have to walk far or make any effort to get it out
DO: Pick a project that can be broken down into ten minute bursts of activity
DON'T: Beat yourself up if it goes wrong, or set yourself any time-related goals
DON'T: Try to be a perfectionist
DO: Enjoy it!