Monday, November 7, 2011

Sew Fun

Top: Self made
Belt: thrifted
Skirt: Gap
Booties: Aldo
Earrings: gift from my sister-in-law

You guys. I made this shirt. Sure, I got some help on the hems and the finishing, but I brought in a little sketch and a ton of this slippery fabric to my sewing instructor and she taught me how to draft the pattern and we made this shirt. A.May.Zing.

I might be obsessed with the way it frames my tattoo perfectly and the shade of turquoise that makes me look extra tan. B's a fan of it when it's tucked in, otherwise he says it's too baggy, but, hello, that's kind of the point. It's supposed to be baggy and loose.

You guys, I feel like I'm living the dream. I wanted to learn to sew when I was a kid, but my parents don't know how and my grandmothers live really far away, so I never learned. My home ec class in 7th grade was kind of a disaster because I broke so many needles and basically messed up every project I did. It was sad and disappointing.

Now, though? Now I can manage simple straight seams and even some curves, and yeah, sometimes I have to rip the seams out, but you guys, I'm sewing! I'm inordinately proud of myself, for real. And it's been really fun to be able to transform a pile of fabric into something functional for my everyday life.


  1. Congrats on your shirt. I love that color on you, too. I just finished my first sewing class and am so over the moon about the skirt I made. I want to take a follow up next year and learn how to make a pencil skirt. Imagine the possibilities.

  2. wow, the shirt is beautiful, congrats on learning how to sew!
    it's definitely a great skill to have, especially when you like to go to thrift stores and bring home pieces that were too cheap to pass up but totally the wrong size. heheh.
    But beware, now that you can sew a straight line, everyone will want you to start hemming things for them.

  3. Frances, that's an awesome shirt, and I love how it frames your tattoo! :)

  4. Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog! I featured you over on my blog today! Great outfit!



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