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Serious, Silly Sewing

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a preview of this sewing project already, and you will know that it manifested by accident as I was elbow deep in a sewing room overhaul. The problem with overhauling your sewing room is you often rediscover hidden gems that have been tucked away for a long while. Okay, that sounds more like Christmas than a problem, the problem is actually when you rediscover those things and then immediately drop the cleaning and start the sewing.

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Let’s back up to the beginning of the weekend (before I tore half my house apart), on my last trip to Joann’s, when I was browsing for possible patterns to help me make my Fall For Cotton shirt. The one I walked out with isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but for a fraction of its original price (on sale for $1.99!), it was good enough for me to play around with. Sometimes these trips make me feel guilty for the patterns I forgot were in my stash already, which is where the guilt cleaning entered my weekend…

As I was cleaning, I was going back and forth between which fabric to use for a test fit when I rediscovered this amazing Flamingo print gifted to me by my BSF (Blog-y, Sew-y Friend), Erin. I hadn’t forgotten about it, I was just waiting for the exact right project to come along. It wasn’t until I had chucked all of my fabrics off their shelves and onto the floor when I found the gingham “Ah ha!” fabric (that I definitely forgot I had) that inspired the magic that ensued shortly after.

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When I say magic, I actually mean ridiculousness in the best possible sense. I sat on the floor of my sewing space, surrounded by craft chaos, and thought to myself “…Flamingos and gingham? Do I dare?”.
Spoiler Alert: Yes I do!

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Sometimes you just need to set the “serious” sewing aside for a minute and make something wild and fun. Most of my sewing now-a-days revolves around WWII reenactments, but I’ve always loved non-40’s novelty prints and bright colors too. I did add some 1940’s sleeves to this shirt though, I couldn’t help it.

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I’m only sharing little snippets of this shirt right now because it’s not finished yet, but I’m having so much fun making it! So much fun, in fact, that I may, or may not, have managed to sew one of the sleeves on inside out and I didn’t even get mad about it! I mean, some amateur broke into my house and sewed it on inside out. That, or the sewing faeries are up to no good again. …or maybe I did it. Whatever. It’s fixed now.

I think everyone needs to take a break from real wardrobe sewing, work sewing, sewing competitions, or any kind of “serious” sewing, and just make something seriously silly once in a while. Because come on, life is too short to not have a shirt that looks like you stole it from a waitress at a Rockabilly Tiki bar.

How about you, do you do more “serious” sewing or more “silly” sewing?

xo
Rochelle

 

— Oh, back to serious sewing for a second though, Colette Patterns is currently second place in the Martha Stewart American Made competition but I want them to win! If it wasn’t for Colette patterns, I wouldn’t even be a sewing blogger and that’s the truth. So please vote! You can vote 6 times in a row, every day, until the 22nd. Come on, Sewing Community! Let’s make this happen.

Also in serious sewing news, Christine Haynes released a new sewing pattern: The Emery Dress. It’s beautiful! —