Had to share what I found at the wally world today. ;) I know, I know
either you love it or hate it, but I scored good stuff today!
Was rooting around looking for something interesting to make a top for DD
for her birthday. (Could someone pluh-lease tell me how that child got to
be 15?????? lol We won't go into the taller than Mom issue.) Anyway,
found a really pretty fairly sheer poly. Made to look like a silk crepe de
chine. Black background, large light ivory flowers scattered across it.
Looks very vintage kimono except for the sheerness. Going to make her a
hip length kimono out of it. Black satin on the neck and sleeve edges.
(her grandmother gave her a similar thing in red and white a while back and
she Loves it! Wears it with jeans and a white t-shirt. Since she wears a
lot of black (DH and I refer to it as Goth-LIGHT. lol No kohl eyes, no
weird piercings and she does wear other colors) I figure this will go over
like gangbusters! I figure it will look cute over her favorite black
t-shirt either with jeans or maybe Mom can swing time to make a skirt. ;)
Oh, did I mention $1 per yard?
But the really cool score!!!!! Also on the $1 table, some lovely shirtings.
Just a wee bit lighter than an oxford cloth. Woven, not printed. 69" wide
(I measured since the bolt didn't say.) One is a pale blue with a red
skinny stripe every 1" across. The other is a blue/charcoal/white very
teeny stripe, the kind that almost looks like a plaid, but isn't. The pale
blue burns 100% cotton! Whoo hoo!! The other burns hot like a cotton, but
then leaves a dark, harder ash. So I'm guessing either 50/50 or 70/30
cotton/poly. Whoo hoo!!! Himself will be amazed. ;) I've been wanting
to perfect a shirt pattern for him for dress shirts for a while. He has a
big, barrel chest but is only of average height. So when we find shirts to
fit his chest, the sleeves are way too long, or they are so big around the
waist he looks "fluffy." Nice shirtings are not easy to find though. This
way I figure, if the shirts come out well, Marvelous. If they come
out....well... less pleasing, I'm not out enough to get upset about.
This is what happens when I've been being such a good girl and sewing down
my stash for a while. :) The Fabric Fates see this and put good things in
my path. lol
Knew y'all would whoo hoo right along with me. lol
Whoooo hooooo! You really did
And I know you know this, but I'll share anyway (for the benefit
of newbies to the group): once you have a shirt pattern
perfected for DH, copy if onto light weight non-woven
interfacing. That's how I preserved my *finally* perfect shirt
pattern for my DH, and I used it for lots of shirts through the
years. My DH was also hard to fit. Very broad across the
shoulders/back, short arms, large neck. So I started with a
commercial pattern and made adjustments until it was "just
right", then copied it. This is one of the results:
, I had to make small additional alterations over the years as his tummy protruded... ;-)
> Course, I had to make small additional alterations over the years > as his tummy protruded... ;-)>
My Alan has been working on reducing his slight excess, and is STILL
wearing a green plaid shirt I made for him over 20 years ago! Now we
are on the hunt for some really nice plaid fabric to make another one
using that same pre-historic Burda pattern...
That shirt is beautiful, Beverly. :)
Something like an Elvis shirt, you gotta think about that for a while,
wait for the planets to align.
My father used to buy cotton from Elvis' father. Elvis was either
non-existent, or a tike. His father was a share-cropper, selling cotton
to the mill, and my father was a cotton grader at the mill.
Two degrees of separation, or three. One if I make the shirt.
All the more reason to grab the fabric! I saw Elvis in Miami in 1956,
from the 5th row in the theater - maybe I should buy some, too? I
wasn't a fan, but a bunch of us at work decided to go see the new
sensation who was appearing right down the street. So we walked over to
the theater and arrived just as the doors opened, went in and sat down.
Later we found out that there had been a line around the block,
waiting for hours.
Congratulations, both on his reducing and your having made a
shirt he can still wear after 20 years.
Thanks, Kate! I made one like it each year for the start of ice
hockey season. He chose the fabric, and knew how much to buy.
We had a (sorta) local Pendleton Mills outlet, and in over 30+
years we were never stuck for finding a gorgeous new wool plaid
each year. ;-)
The green viscose & cotton mix of Alan's shirt is the 'cheap stuff' I
bought to test the pattern. Unfortunately, the 'real' shirt, made from
a rather splendid Vyella, shrank and went to the charity shop a couple
of years after I made it...
I still have in my wardrobe my own dinosaur shirt: I made this rather
grand scarlet poly crepe de chine thing as a test piece when I bought my
new sewing machine rather than a wedding dress! Well, the machine is
busted (though I still have it - can't bring myself to junk it), but the
shirt is going strong! Silver wedding this summer! :D
Wahoo Sharon!! I love a good buy,DD will love it.
The Goth thing will pass, My 17 yo DGD is moving out of that phase very
nicely. She's into ruffles and pretty, pretty,pretty. She wouldn't even
wear things like that as a little one.
Thanks for Whoo-hooing with me!! :) Thought you might like to see the
finished project. Not the best pictures for showcasing the sewing, but
good enough. ;)
The butterfly on the tiara lights up. She wore it and the kimono top to
school. She had a blast with both. ;) She was completely impressed with
the French seams on the kimono. She said "this is gorgeous, because my
Mommy is just spiffy like that!" ;) This is high praise indeed from a just
turned 15 year old. lol I was just tickled that she liked it so much.
And DH was really pleased with his shirtings. Well...Ok. Really pleased
with the blue and black one. But agreed that the blue with red stripe
would make a marvelous muslin fabric. lol (this is pretty much what I
expected from him.)
Oh, Sharon, these teens just love something different from friends, but that
fits in with the looks of the day, don't they?.
It is hard to believe she is 15 already, till I think of my youngest, DGD is
8 and youngest DGS will be 16 next month. Time has a way of fleeing.