Spring Sewing

March 28, 2009

I spent the morning at Fancy Tiger sewing with two very creative friends. Both women are way more advanced sewers that I am, but they were still gracious enough to bear with me. Even though it is only in the 30’s here today, and there is still a lot of snow on the ground, I wanted to sew something bright and full of Spring life. I chose the chemise from Simple Sewing with a French Twist. I used a very vibrant Amy Butler fabric, and some x-wide bias tape for the straps.


I am not very partial to how this top came out. First, I took the side seams in by more than an inch, and I still ended up looking, as my mother pointed out, like I was about ready to go into my 2nd trimester. Considering that I am not pregnant, this is not the look that I want to be sporting. The next time that I make this top (and I do want to make it again soon), I think that I would actually make it way less a-lined, and I would also shorten the armpits, and use satin ribbon, rather than bias tape for the straps.

No matter how the piece came out, it was still really wonderful to spend the morning on my own, doing something that I love so much. I spent my ride home thinking about how lucky, as women, we are to be able to come together and share so many wonderful stories, memories and moments while creating and crafting. The conversation today was everything from yoga, to raising chickens, knitting, dying and parenting. I learned a lot more than just how to make a chemise, and I am grateful for the time that was spent together.

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Eva March 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm

That is really pretty. I know what you mean about the a-line issues, I can't wear any kind of a-line top without looking super pregnant.

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Courtney March 29, 2009 at 2:18 am

Great colors!

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Anonymous March 29, 2009 at 2:34 am

It's sweet and will look pretty on you! You know, you can trim your side seams and change to ribbon now. Then you don't have to wait until you make another to have it the way you wish. Just a suggestion :)

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Beth March 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

So cute. I love the Amy Butler fabric, and that book is a lot of fun to work with.

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kyndale March 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

what fun to hang with friends for sewing! That looks like something I would like to make. I just love that fabric!

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Allegra March 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

love the top. want to see it on! i am spending the sat morn before easter at Fancy Tiger taking the A-line skirt class. Took the sewing 101 class in Dec and LOVED IT! Loved my teacher, Christina. I am looking forward to three hours devoted to MEEEEEE, but must practice my sewing before I go. I am a bit of a drunk driver when it comes to my straight lines, or lack thereof.

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