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It’s done!

Done, done, done, done, done!  This was honestly just about the most frustrating sewing project ever. I made mistakes and had to do a couple of redos, but it’s finished now and Shawn is THRILLED!


What a fabric-y day!

I’m sorry I’ve posted so infrequently this week.  Work has been busy, home has been busy, and my sewing attempts have not been photograph worthy.  On Monday I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. working on Shawn’s shirt, only to discovered that I *hadn’t* solved the crooked-button-flap issue, I had just sewn the thing off center on the opposite side!  Aaaaaaaaargh!  And of course with a slit cut down the front of the shirt I couldn’t just unstitch and resew, I needed at least enough new fabric to replace the shirt front.  Very, very frustrating.

But we move on.  Yesterday was a fabulous day!  I received lots and lots of fabric, which is delightful and definitely photograph worthy.  First off, I found the time to head to the fabric store and pick up more fabric for Shawn’s shirt.  I also got far enough last evening to confirm for once and for all that I have finally figured out that darned button and collar issue, and I have a nice, not crooked shirt front to work with.  I hope to finish his shirt today and post completed pictures soon.

I also received a package in the mail of fabrics I’d picked up on clearance at  It was 30% off the clearance goodies, so I got these three fabrics for something like $1.37/yard (plus shipping).  I plan to make a little nightie out of the pink lace, a dress out of the fruit print fabric, and I haven’t decided about the other lace (which the website said was lavender, but I think looks far bluer, decidedly periwinkle).

Last but not least, I recently won a giveaway from a fellow blogger, and the following stash from her arrived yesterday too.  Thanks, Diane!  My husband is *especially* excited about the cookbook.  I haven’t yet decided what I’ll do with the fat quarters she sent but I’m sure I’ll think of something.
Well, it’s time for Shawn to get a turn with the computer, and I should really get back to sewing.  I’m thoroughly enjoying my day off so far.  No errands, no guests, no hospital trips.  Just peace and quiet and a sewing day at home.


Yummy Yummy!

Eva helped me make brownies last evening.  She’s really getting into that sort of thing!  She’ll proudly announced “I stir brownies” and she keeps the batter moving while I add each ingredient.  She also “beeeeeeeeps” along with the oven once it’s preheated.  Oh, and just in case you couldn’t tell from the photo, they were delicious!

Sewing has been slow going.  We had a family emergency on my days off so I didn’t get much done then.  I’ve managed to get a second muslin for Shawn’s shirt made, and make the pattern adjustments I needed.  I dragged down the bag of fabric I bought six months ago (when I had first set out to make this shirt) and discovered I hadn’t bought nearly enough.  So we’ll have to make another trip to the store before I can finish.  Ah well, it may not be much but it’s progress, right?


And that’s why you need a muslin

I got as far as making a polo shirt muslin for Shawn today.  It’s a good thing we didn’t go straight to real fabric.  For one thing, the shirt is too big.  We’re going to move a size down at least.  Then, I made a silly, silly mistake and attached the whole neck slit button flap thingy backwards… probably because I’m used to women’s clothes that attach the opposite way?  But the result is not only that it attaches backwards, but also that it’s off center.  Which means the collar ended up waaaaaaaaay off center.  Classy.  Real classy.

Better shirt on its way soon…


A shirt for my sweetie

I don’t remember exactly when my husband first asked me to make him this shirt, but I’m sure it was over a year ago… probably around that time that I was just LOOKING for projects to work on, any excuse to spend as much time as possible in that gorgeous sewing room he’d prepared for me.  You’d think that after he had gone to such fabulous lengths to make me happy, I could have done the same in far less time than I’ve taken.

You’d think.

In my defense, there are a NUMBER of reasons why I have procrastinated as long as I have.  Let me start by explaining just exactly what he requested: a Star Trek shirt.  But not anything too obvious, something subtle, like his “Know Your Roots” Nintendo shirt.  Something where only a fellow nerd would get it.  He wanted a polo shirt, red across the chest with black over the shoulders, in a quasi TND uniform style.  (Never mind that my beloved is an engineer… we both agreed he looks better in red than yellow).  I am less than thrilled with this project, for several reasons:

1. I am not a diehard Trekkie.  I like Star Trek.  I grew up watching The Next Generation and I’ve watched every single episode.  I always thought it was pretty when they opened up Data’s head.  Deanna Troi all but epitomised womanhood.  I liked Riker better without the beard when I was a girl (though I’m quite fond of facial hair now).  And, I’m absolutely mortified to admit, I did have a childhood crush on Wesley (although I swear, I swear, I swear it was just because he was the only male character on the show NOT old enough to be my father…. or in Picard’s case, my grandfather).  All of this said, I draw the line at WANTING TO DRESS UP like one of the characters.  And this teensy little part of me that is not *quite* as nerdy as my husband sort of has to cringe at the thought, even though his nerdiness is honestly one of the things I love most about him.  You want to wear what?  In public?  Ahem.

2. Men’s fashion bores me.  I have not yet ventured into the world of men’s fashion.  Women’s clothes have far more variety, in styles, cuts, fabrics, and just the sheer number of garments to choose from.  Men have: short pants, long pants, short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt, and possibly a jacket.  Within this narrow selection, there are fewer styles of tailoring and shaping the clothes, and fewer fabric selections.  Which is mostly because men don’t generally have curves they are trying to show off (or, in some cases, hide) and so it all gets to be much simpler.  But it’s also… just less interesting to me.

3. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it work.  I scoured the fabric stores and the web to find a men’s polo shirt pattern (because of course I’ve never made a polo shirt before) and then wondered how on earth I was going to get a perfectly lined up straight line where the red and black meet, when this is going to have to extend onto the sleeves?  I’ve pondered this a great deal (over my year and then some of procrastinating) and am of the firm opinion that there is no other way than to make a muslin, draw the line where red should meet black, rip the seams out, cut along said line, and add seam allowances when I cut my real fabric.  Which solves the “how to” problem, but also requires that I sew a garment I’m not thrilled about sewing in the first place, twice.

But, while I don’t particularly care to dress up like a Star Trek character myself, and while men’s clothes fail to inspire men, and while the shirt poses a few practical challenges, I remain madly in love with my husband.  And this is the only thing he has ever asked me to sew for him.  (Well, that and getting around to hemming the curtains in our bedroom…)  He set up my breathtaking sewing room for me, and he keeps Eva occupied while I sew (when she’s not “helping” me at least) and he puts up with me pausing our TV shows to run upstairs “for just a minute” countless times each evening.  And this is just his support of my sewing, not to mention everything ELSE he does for me on a daily basis.  He really does deserve his shirt.

I’ve started cutting pattern pieces.  I’ll try to whip up a muslin tonight.  I will post more on the subject soon.

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