After a couple of years of sewing, I realize that I’m kind of bad at both sewing without deadlines and sewing those basic, everyday items. I would have purchased a few things I’ve sewn over the years, but not much. Some of this is because I’ve had to grow–in both skill and aesthetic, but some of it is because I seemed to sew for deadlines a lot. Pattern testing or tours. Testing means I don’t want to necessarily use the best fabric (but then I never wind up making a second version), and pattern tours mean I’m caught up in trying to impress. And, oy, when I sew to impress is when I’m at my WORST!
So this year (I realize we’re 3/4ths into the year, but September will always feel like a beginning), I’m going to try to plan a little more (or at all) and try to sew some items I want to reach for again and again. Like this!
The top is a pattern from an Ottobre magazine. It’s supposed to have welt pockets, but I was just looking for a basic sweatshirt. The pants are my beloved Hosh Pants pattern. This girl has had 2 other pair of Hosh’s that she’s worn to death, so I knew they would be a wardrobe winner. I swapped the waistband for some ribbed knit with wide elastic inside. Comfy and easy. Can’t squeeze that belly any more than necessary, after all.
I embroidered a little bunny face on the front because…um, cute. It’s hand embroidered, not machine, but that’s probably obvious. Ha. It’s far from perfect, but I like that about it, I think you can get away with clueless hand embroidery because it just equals charm.
The sleeves are a bit too long and the shirt a little too short, but it all works. The fabric is from Jo Ann’s, and I want to use it to make me something as well, even at the risk of mother/daughter matchy matchy. The pants are a snakeskin print stretch twill (or something, that’s just what I’m calling it) from Jo Ann’s as well. It’s the type of fabric I’ve used for every pair of Hosh pants and it works perfectly. This week it is surprisingly hot and humid for September in the Adirondacks, so she won’t be wearing them to school this week, but I have a feeling they will be in heavy rotation for her first year of school. She calls the bunny face a kitty cat and has asked me to add a smile. I’m thinking about it, but I rather like melancholy bunny.So what about you other sewers? Do your kids wear out what you make for them or no? Do you find yourself sewing one and dones? (as in worn in the photoshoot and never again!?) Do share.