So…you know how it is when your brain locks onto something that’s not necessarily the right thing? Tell me you do. It could be a name of a colleague, or the pronunciation of a word, or an answer in a crossword. Okay, okay, you know how I poke along with The New York Times weekend crossword. Well, this one clue had my brain’s database locked on the wrong answer. The clue went like this…Modern-day capital that King David ordered besieged..A five letter word that begins with A and ends with N…well, duh, AKRON, Ohio. What? Not a capital city? Hmmmm…and yes I do see…there is that pesky business about King David ordering it besieged. Probably did not happen in the good ‘ol US of A. Yet could I get Akron (Ohio) out of my mind? Nuh-uh. Finally, after solving another word resulting in a letter M, my brain shifted gears and told me Amman, (and lest you think I’m smart; if you’ve done ten or more NY Times crossword puzzles, you’ve had Amman as an answer at least twice.) Anyhoo, this all led to much pondering of the magical workings of the human brain, and…TA DA…me locking my keys in my car today. Seriously? Yep! Now, let’s move on, shall we…
My shirt today is a me-made. It’s definitely beginning to feel like fall here in Vancouver, and although I’m not ready for bulky layers, long sleeves and covered tootsies are welcome. When I met with Silvia from Sewing Princess, she very generously gave me a copy of the September issue of La Mia Boutique. It’s an Italian sewing magazine, complete with stylish patterns, it is Italian after all. And it is in Italian. Yup! Limited instructions, all in Italian, a language of which I have zero skills…unless words like ravioli, it’s cousins, and vino qualify. Now, I’m like a lot of you…I barely glance at the instructions included in my patterns, but weirdly, I was suddenly feeling like I was flying without a net. So…I chose to sew a shirt, a camicia, partly because I figured I could sew a shirt without instructions; but mostly because I was drawn to the unique front placket on this pattern. No buttons, no zipper. BONUS, sez me. Of course, as things will go, it was the front placket that had me the most puzzled. But I did it! And I love the results! I used two fabrics from my stash, and I got a little creative with pattern mixing! In these photos I have the shirt un-tucked,but the fabrication is light enough that I can easily tuck my top into jeans. Thanks Silvia, for nudging me out of my comfort zone. It was fun, (and a good brain exercise). Look here on Silvia’s blog for a better photo of the pattern I used. It’s the Chevron striped shirt, and very Euro-chic. My version is quite different. I think it’s a good example of how you really can make things your own when you sew.
Shirt : : Me-Made, La Mia Boutique September 2014 Issue
Jeggings : : Laura Petites, thrifted
Boots : : Aldo
Bracelets/Earrings : : Me-Made