Monday, March 14, 2011

The Reason Why I Sew

I needed a simple long sleeved blouse as a part of my Mini Swap.  I looked through my BWOF index and even looked through McButterVogue catalogs.  Nothing was exactly what I wanted.  But wait!  I'm sewing this top, right?  I can do anything I want with it!   Isn't that the reason why I sew?  Doh!  Huge head slap!

BWOF 05-2006-130 had the bones I wanted:  long sleeves and no collar.  All I had to do was shorten it and move the front opening to the back.  The process for making a slit opening in the neckline was in Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-Shirts (Tilton, 1998) but since there was a slit opening already in the front of the top, I really didn't need to consult the book.  But, I read it anyway to bolster my confidence.

There is a real possibility this wardrobe won't be finished in time to wear this season.  This blouse is only the first piece in the wardrobe.  I still have another blouse, pants, a skirt and a jacket to sew.   The fabric for the skirt, pants and jacket is a light weight wool and would certainly qualify as a transition garment and that provides some motivation to keep working on this project.  I've always suspected I didn't have the patience to finish a SWAP.   Life has stolen a big chunk of my sewing time and I've almost lost interest in this project.   So, I'm changing the purpose of this wardrobe.  It has become a segue project until I can begin warm weather sewing. At the rate I'm sewing now, by the time I finish the four other pieces, it will be May!


  1. Very nice and I LOVE that color!

  2. I doesn't matter when you get it done. It's that you enjoy the process. The design on that fabric is really cool and you did a really nice job.

  3. Yes, absolutely the reason we sew! We can have what we want, any style, fit, color or fabric!

  4. Well, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one that life has stolen away sewing time from. It seems like school is so encompassing, and when I do have time, I'm too exhausted to even think about it. I'm hoping that will change - SOON. Nice job on the top by the way.