Today's post is going to be a little different! I haven't got the least bit ready (so please excuse the horrendous eyebrows, and makeup less face). Well I finally showered, so I guess I'm halfway there. But the post is actually on some arts and crafts I did. Actually, I made my very first shirt, and I'm sooo proud of myself. Just for the record, the black tank top I'm wearing underneath doesn't belong there... I just couldn't wait to actually take pictures of it, so that's what happened... On another note... I drafted the pattern myself and then altered it so that the shirt actually fit me like it was supposed to. This is pretty good, seeing as how the only thing I really know how to sew is beach bags (and they're probably the most simple thing ever!).
Anyways. I had bought a jumbo bag of fabric from the fabric store, having no idea what the heck I was going to do with any of it and figured it would just come to me. Yesterday I just made a plain black skirt that I can wear when I go on my SINGLE LADIES VACATION in November (to Cuba). Which is kind of off topic, but I thought I'd share it anyways.... Now I wanted a shirt that I could wear with a pair of dress shorts that I have (they are brown, and yes, I made them as well) and I
just didn't know what to do. I found this fabric and I loved it. Its so soft and light, and I thought it would be the perfect material for a tropical destination.
I started out by taping newspaper together so I could start drafting the pattern. I did all of my measurements, and charted them on the paper, and then cut out everything. I got the shirt all sewed together only to realize that the bust line was a good 3 inches below where it was supposed to be, and it was saggy in the armpits, which means my boobs were trying to escape out the side! So, either I lost a ton of weight from cutting out the pattern, or I just can't measure.... I'm guessing its most likely the second of the two. So I stood in front of the mirror and tried pinning it... now this is the tricky part. I don't stand still long enough to pin and remove the garment, so instead I had pins shooting out every which way, (thank goodness the carpet is white, and I have colored heads on the pins because it could have been a disaster). Obviously my pinning technique needs some work, perhaps my favorite SIL can help me with that! (oh, and good luck on your move Tash & Brody) It just so happens that they are moving about 12 hours away from where they were currently living... which puts them a whopping 2 hours away from me now!! YAY!!
While I'm at it, I'm going to post a couple pictures of the beach bags I made! I'm giving one to each of the girls that come on our trip, as well as some of the lotion I made, and some body scrub and I'm super excited! Besides, who doesn't like to start out a Vacay with presents? The pictures don't actually do the bags any justice, they look way better in person, and a lot bigger, but you get the idea!
Anyways, I should probably run, because my mind has a ton of ideas right now, and I'm going to get them all sketched out so that I can keep on sewing! I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, which leads to a marvelous rest of the week!