But first I am going to *reluctantly* show you my attempt to make an article of clothing for myself. You see, I fall into the category of Competent Sewist of Stuff; Amateur Sewist of Clothes. I dallied in a few sun dresses when I was a teenager, but have never tried again to make myself something that I would actually wear in public. I think it's because I just figured you have to be skinny and tall to home-make decent clothing. I never see anyone modeling 'real-sized' women clothes on their blogs, or on the popular group blogs like Sew Mama Sew, for instance. My set of measurements seemed so wacky and didn't correspond to any on the pattern, so I cut out the size 14 and prayed it would fit over my head. It did. It fits across the chest (the darts appear to have worked out), but then falls in a shapeless tent from the boobs down, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, with that disclosure, here we have my linen beach sack.
please note that weird crease on the left arm hole must have been bad pressing b/c I didn't even notice it until I looked at the photos - it's not a sewn pleat!
No one in my family said a word when I showed it to them. Nor when I wore it at the beach. Even though they knew I'd made it. So, uhmmm, I guess it was that bad. It is totally shapeless, and probably not the best pattern decision for my body. A straighter cut with an empire waist would be better.
BUT, I am thrilled with the groovy applique!
The silk-screened flower applique was a gift from Amy. The pink flowers are pieces of my own poppy-printed fabric.
I used Steam a Seam Lite to stick the printed flower shapes to bias cut hunks of linen, then trimmed them, leaving about 1/4" of linen outside the flowers. I sewed with white thread through all three layers, attaching the appliques to the dress (no Steam a seam between the dress and appliques - I figured doubling up that stuff would make the appliques too stiff).
And the topstitching looks pretty, I think:
I can see that having a serger would make clothes sewing more tidy. This was perfect as a beach cover up, but it is not going on any public city outings.
It's unlikely I'll be cutting any fabric for more clothes. I bought the Schoolhouse Tunic pattern over a year ago, and some AMH voile to go with it, but the thought of sewing it up only to find out it looks terrible on me would be heartbreaking. Dude, where did my waist go?