I’ve long wanted to make more clothes. Well, make any clothes, really. : ) Not many people could work with fabulous designer fabric all day, every day, without sometimes thinking about how awesome it would be to take some of that fabric and just whip up a shirt to wear out that night.
But a couple of things always stood in my way: First, I had to learn that quilting fabric does not, in fact, make for great clothes. I know some people can manage it, but as a novice clothing sewist, that person is not me. The drape just isn’t right or something, so whenever I’ve tried it in the past, the results always looked very “home sewn.” And if you watch Project Runway you know that’s the kiss of death right there. So I need to learn more about all the other materials out there, like voile and knits and all that good stuff.
Second, if you make clothes for yourself and blog about them, you kind of have to model what you’ve made, right? It’s like part of the contract. And this may sound silly, but that’s a huge stumbling block for me. I’m not big on selfies (of myself, anyway). I think I’ve hated every picture of me taken in the history of ever. A model I just ain’t. : )
But then Sukie and Jemellia and Lee M. at May Chapelle hatched this idea for a Sew-Off. It’s a friendly little challenge designed to give us a kick in the butt to motivate us on something. Sukie and Lee are doing a quilting challenge next month, but for this month Jemellia challenged me to make … wait for it … clothes.
Okay! No more excuses! I bought some voile and other non-quilting-cotton, and I am making some clothes, darn it, and I might even put them on for a picture or two! Well. We’ll see about that last part. : )
This week Jemellia and I are tackling is the Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studio. I said to Jemellia, “What’s the easiest pattern on your list?” She said it was this one. So let’s do this thing! Follow along with both of us as we each bust out a Tiny Pocket Tank. Jemellia’s over at JemJam, check her out.