Sewing! I am excited about sewing. It still takes me a long time to plan and execute each project, but I am really excited about growing my skills and being able to further customize my wardrobe.
Jessica and I recently devised our own little sew-along to make the Wiksten Tank. We got together once to cut our pattern pieces and another time to sew it. We each had a bit more finishing up to do after our second meeting so we set a deadline to keep the momentum going: brunch a week later. The agreement was that we would both be done and wear our shirts. And, it worked! Here is the 360 degree view (Thanks for the photos, Noah!):
I learned a lot while sewing this pattern. I was attracted to it in the first place because the techniques used yield a really polished garment. Particularly, the garment features matching binding around the arms, neck and hems and french seams on the shoulder and side seams. The rounded hem also lent a bit of a challenge to the project.
|armhole binding and french side seam|
|neck and armhole binding and french seam on the shoulder|
Over time and through a lot of lessons learned, I have developed a pretty good screening system when it comes to looking at knitting patterns. I can tell by looking if the finished garment will be problematic for me. I can look past the styling and "lifestyle" aspect of beautiful pattern pictures and assess the true merit of the pattern when it comes to my preferences. I have a lot to learn when it comes to the screening of sewing patterns. If I had better screening skills, I could have looked at the pattern photos and known that the shaping was going to be a poor match for my style. But, I guess this is the price I pay for getting better at sewing and project selection.
I am not deterred! I have already bought the pattern and fabric for my next project. It's a bra! I probably won't be modeling that one for you, but I will certainly share it when I am done. So, I guess that requires that I get started...maybe I need another sew-along.