I’ve been feeling a little bad about how all of my sewing has been for myself lately. I mean, it has been one thing after another for me, me, me around here. What’s up with that? Aren’t sewing mama’s supposed to be all giving and whatnot?
Then it hit me…the boys aren’t excited when I sew for them lately. And, my husband, bless his Irish heart but with him it’s mostly understood that anything I make for him I do for the fun of making it not because he wanted it.
The things these people NEED are frankly a little boring to make and can be purchased at a used clothing shop for $2.50 each. Bam. My closet just got happier & more carefree.
This breezy, pleated tank top is a particularly happy one. It’s made using a free pattern, the famous Sorbetto from Collette Patterns and I got the fabric for a steal at a yard sale. Considering how expensive sewing can get sometimes, this feels good. The Sorbetto is such a basic pattern that it’s really easy to alter and indeed, I played around with the pattern a little.
For starters, I used bias tape (as the pattern calls for) on the neck and shoulders but moved it inside the top thereby narrowing the shoulder straps and exaggerating the scoop neck a little. I also inverted the front pleat to make it less obvious than the in the pattern and I didn’t enclose the pleat at the bottom because I wanted a more a-line, flow-y look. It’s kind of a hippy, summer love shirt. For me.
Has this we-don’t-need-you-to-sew-for-us thing happened to any other sewists out there? Is it because I have boys? Does your family love when you make things for them or is it sometime a labor of (your) love? All the bloggy pictures out there seem to be filled with happy recipients.
I’m not going to be able to participate in the upcoming KCW because I will be away and I’m sad because I haven’t missed one in a long time but also need some time to brainstorm something fun to sew that the boys will love. A dapper hat, maybe? Might be time to get more inventive with t-shirt stencils. I’m open to any ideas. Of course, I will be here (yay!) so I’m not all that sad to miss KCW.