Sabra is one of my closest friends. It’s so nice to be able to talk about blogging together. She has always been a great support to me! I was looking through her archives of things she’s sewn, and really, she’s got some mad sewing skills. We sew once a week together, and in doing that, I have learned a lot about sewing from her. She’s a great example in so many other aspects of her life–especially as a mother. I’m so happy to call her my friend! Plus she’s hilarious, which makes her tons of fun to be around.
When Sabra told me about the challenge, I knew it was something I’d love to be involved in. If it’s not something simple, I don’t really love to start from scratch. I have a lot more confidence if I at least have a starting point. And since I also have a love for thrift store patterns, I thought it would be fun to see what Sabra sent me.
It’s similar to the Anda Dress (and too bad for me, not the most flattering on my less than bounteous chest, but what’s a girl to do? And don’t ask me why I look like I’m smirking in this picture. Like I said, Sabra’s funny and she was the one taking the pictures).
I chose some ultra discounted fabric from Joann, that Sabra also used for her beautiful top HERE. I forgot that she has mentioned what crumby fabric this was to work with. She told no lie. But it is pretty fabric, and I love how light it is for spring-time. Here it is unbelted, which gives it a much more casual look. But you can see how the sides are ruched here—more on that below.
The one great thing about this fabric was that it gathered really easily while sewing. So I didn’t adjust my tension for the sleeve seams and the sleeve hem which resulted in the fabric gathering and looked like I did it on purpose! If I hadn’t done that, I probably would have inserted some elastic into the sleeve hem.
I knew that I would try it on as I sewed along and see what needed to be done to “make it work”. The sides were majorly boring, giving the shirt a very plain, boxy shape. Obviously that would be the case, since that is how the pattern shows it.
Then started at the bottom of the shirt, pulling the elastic as I went, while zig-zag stitching the elastic into the seam (next 2 pictures).
Thanks so much for letting me guest post today, Sabra! I love things that push me to be more creative, and really, this sewed up so quickly I think I’ll pull out some of my thrift store patterns and see what I can do with them!