I am happier with this than anything else I have ever made. It's not original, it's not designed by me and it's not going to be in use for very long. And yet it's the best thing I've ever made.
I've spoken a lot about how I want to learn to make the girls clothes and about how I want to be able to understand patterns etc. And I've obviously made lots of steps towards that recently.
But what I've really wanted to do is make a particular sort of top for the girls. All along I've had a picture in my head of the blouse that I wanted to make.
It's a simple one. Nothing special. But it's one that would look great with everything and one that wouldn't look handmade.
And I've done it. I've made exactly what I wanted to make. It looks exactly how I wanted it to look and fits exactly how I wanted it to fit.
I've used the perfect fabric for it, with a print that I adore. It's lovely and soft and hangs perfectly. It's both comfortable and flattering.
And Lily looks great in it.
But the reason I love it so much, is because last night I sat down and looked for a pattern for a blouse, found the pattern, traced that pattern, cut out the pattern and made the blouse.
Yep. I've finally come of age. And made something from a Japanese craft book.
And I love it. (did I mention that?)
The fabric is actually from an Ikea pillowcase that I bought for 10p last year and the pattern is from this book - ISBN978-4-579-11100-8.
The only fiddly bit was making the casings for the elastic, particularly for the arms. I did think about using fold over elastic (FOE), but to be honest I think it can look kind of cheap, so I perservered with the casings and the threading (hate, hate,hate, threading elastic) instead. And I think it was worth it.
I get a lot of emails asking me for sewing advice (!) which is lovely and very flattering but I just want to say that I've actually only been sewing for the last 4 years and that before that I had never made anything. I'm completely self taught and am constantly amazed that this stuff works out.All of which I say, because I know that there are lots of people out there thinking that it's too scary to try and do it themselves and I want them to know that it just takes a bit of practice.
Seriously, if I can do this, anyone can.
And it's so worth the effort when you can sit in the garden watching both of your children playing, wearing clothes that you made them.