Sunday, June 1, 2008

Those sleeves are FIERCE!

"Hey Rachel. What's that you're wearing?"

Thanks for asking. It's a blouse...that I made BY MYSELF!

Can you believe it?  Yeah, me neither.  Why?  Because I don't actually know how to sew clothes.  Seriously, I just winged the whole thing.  All I had going for me was my love of instructions.  I love following a pattern.  I truly believe that as long as I have directions I can do anything.  Need a bomb diffused?  Get me a manual and I can give you a 95% chance of not blowing us up.  The other 5% I will blame on poor technical writing.   

I think it turned out okay.  Some of the seams are uneven and the button loops are a little wonky.  But see those sleeves?  Those puffy sleeves that Anne of Green Gables would be envious of?  Those sleeves redeem it all.  Those sleeves make me a sewing genius.  Because they had this thing called a stay (I had no idea what that was), and I had to do something called under-stitching (under what?) and then the gathering.  Knights of Columbus!  Had there been a cliff for me to throw the sewing machine off of I would have done if because of all of that gathering.  But they look sensational.  I'm giddy with the joy of those sleeves.

This has completely pulled me out of my "I hate all my clothes. I have nothing to wear. I'm going to stay in my jim-jams for the rest of my life and live amongst the Tragically Ugly because there isn't a single cute article of clothing in my closet," phase.  Do boys go through this phase? Or are their phases more along the line of, "How many consecutive days have I worn these jeans? 15? Is 15 too many days?" Yes, 15 is too many days. 

11 comments:

Andrea said...

Love it! You are so talented, move over Martha Stewart!

Heather said...

Oo-La-la!!! I am totally impressed!

Liz W. said...

Wow! It looks fab!! I can't wait to see it on in person.

Rac said...

You're amazing! The puffed sleeves really are fantastic. You are way more ambitious than I will ever be. Good job!

AJ says... said...

I took a year of "Clothing Construction" in college and I am sure your "winging it" turned out better than anything I could make. Good job!

Tamar and Trevor said...

I am way impressed! I sew but not clothes...I hate instuctions and the thought of cuting out a patern makes me want to throw myself off a cliff but the shirt is so cute I just may have to give it a try someday.

Wendy said...

Wait...they sell PATTERNS for things? What a novel idea. If I had the patience of a flea that may have helped me in my own failed attempt at making a copy of a shirt I already owned that I loved and thought it would be super to have ten of in different fun cute fabrics that a I whipped up myself. I am somewhat ashamed to say that I gave the "finished" project to DI a few years back...some poor woman in a third world country is saying to herself, "Who has upper arms this skinny?".

Silvestre Family said...

Fabulous!

Tammy said...

those are fierce!

Empress of Venus said...

Mary Alice Louise pumpkin! It's not just the sleeves, YOU look fierce! That color is beautiful!

i'm courtney said...

i must protest--15 is only too many days when food stains are involved. you look gorgeous.