McCall’s M7093

Today I have a shirt to share that I absolutely love to wear. goodRhymes aside, I hate how it photographs. It’s a breezy, unfitted top made of a cotton gauze, and I feel good when I wear it, but I took pictures on breezy day and apparently it fills out like a sail. Not a good look.


Ready to set sail! (This isn’t even the worst shot…)

But I like wearing it a lot, and I like the extra work I put into the construction.

See, the pattern suggest contrasting colors for parts of the shirt, which I liked. But I couldn’t find two fabrics that complemented each other and spoke to me. Instead, after cutting the side panels and sleeves, I used the end of an unsharpened pencil to stamp gold polka-dots on the fabric.DSCN5356 It’s very subtle, especially from a distance, but feels so special when worn. I also took the time to finish all the seams properly, with french seams and double-folded hems.

Bottom line, I still quite like this pattern, even if it’s not the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn. I cut a a size 22, but it has a lot of ease, so I think I’ll downsize to a 20 the next time I make it, to reduce sail potential. I might also try view D, which is a tunic and therefore beltable…good2


“Light on the Water” Summer Skirt

Summer is here!DSCN2246…Which doesn’t really change my sewing habits much. I pretty much always like making cute skirts. This week’s skirt is special, though, because I made the print, as well as the skirt. The skirt is super basic: a rectangle seamed up the side, a casing for elastic and a simple folded hem. The fabric, too, is basic. I hit up the linens and bedding section of my local thrift store and found a lovely top sheet, 100% cotton in a sort of dove grey. Yards of fabric for $3? Yes, please!DSCN2249But at home, I decided the grey was a little too plain. I first thought of painting it, but even with textile medium, it felt too stiff. So I decided to play around with bleach! I used an old wine cork as a stamp, because simple shapes are sometimes best! I planned to do a sort of polka-dot ombre, with the spots getting less dense as I worked up from the hem. And that’s what I did, with the addition of a pleasant discovery — If you look closely, some of the circles are cross-hatched! DSCN2244

I worked on this table:DSCN2250And I found if I stamped lightly the bleach only imprinted the table’s design! So I worked with that discovery and love the end result! I reminds me of the way the sun sparkles on grey lake water.DSCN2243So it’s pretty, light, lovely, and a great example of letting surprises guide my work 🙂