Selfish Sewing Week//Garment One: Bimaa HackSeptember 21, 2013
So I am doing some sewing for myself this week. Inspired by Selfish Sewing Week (organised by Rachael from Imagine Gnats and Jill from Made with Moxie). Basically, Selfish Sewing Week is an impetus to get sewing bloggers to sew for themselves instead of just their kids!! This has come at just the right time for me...I have been wanting to sew up a few things for myself for ages so here is my first garment. Selfish Sewing Week officially starts on Monday, but this post is ready now, so I am posting it!
After having recently being generously given the awesome Bimaa Sweater pattern by Sarah from EmmyLouBeeDoo (for her upcoming pattern tour), I decided to have a go at making a 'grown up' version of the pattern.
I found this lovely red and ivory striped super stretchy viscose/spandex stripe and thought it would suit an adult more than a child. I used one of my stretchy long sleeved tops to trace the basic pattern and used Sarah's pattern as a guide on how to cut the big cowl. Since this fabric was super stretchy, it was very forgiving in letting me ease the neck and cowl edges together. I sewed the whole top with my overlocker (serger)...I have never done that before - it was cool! No skipped stitches or stitches breaking when I pulled the garment on and off. The only downside of constructing the top like this was that I couldn't make a mistake, unless I wanted to unpick four rows of intertwined stitching. But luckily, I had a win and made no mistakes.
I love how this top turned out. It is super comfy, easy to wear and a little bit stylish...which is something I need more of in my wardrobe!! I hope to make and blog two more garments for Selfish sewing week - a Batwing t-shirt from some thrifted retro poly/cotton and a gathered blue and white seersucker skirt with big pockets and a little button placket. I will be adding this project to the Selfish Sewing flickr pool - check it out for some grown up sewing inspiration!!
Note: This post is short on pics since Isabella (my five year old) was my chief photographer and mostly took photos of my head and neck due to her being half my size (the above pic is not fab of me with my half smile, but it is one of the few decent ones I had to choose from).
And as an important aside, I want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to comment on my Lovely Lollipop Dress. It made my week!!
Are you doing some selfish sewing this week?