I have a dress I’m supposed to be drafting and sewing on commission right now for one of my aunties. So what did I do instead? Worked on a design that has been in my sketch/idea/doodle book for awhile now. (My excuse–the fabric was drying.) I took a pattern I already had, made it with a completely different kind of fabric, then changed all the finishing on it as well. It’s still a basic raglan sleeve tee, but with a little extra.
I’m quite pleased with the outcome. Though I’ve done rolled hems in the past, I’ve been itching to try a lettuce-edge rolled hem. And to work with elastic thread for some shirring. I got to do a little of both in this project. I feel so joyful in the afterglow of knowledge gained. The fact that I can wear this prototype is a bonus.
And now I’ll share a little daydream of mine. . . to be able to order a bunch of organic cotton knit fabric in a rainbow of colors and make a bunch of these for my Etsy shop. The variations wouldn’t just be in color–my mind is spinning with the possibilities at hand. Then the nagging little voice in my head says, “Be practical. You don’t have the monetary resources to just order a bunch of fabric and go to town. And what if no one wanted one? Then all the various resources would be for naught and your family would have paid out in time and money for your daydream.” I have this sort of conversation in my head about several of the sketches/ideas in my sweet little idea book. Sometimes being a grown-up can really suck. At least I can sew for myself and my loved ones.