Hi everyone! Me again. So. It’s official. Yep. Gillian, from Crafting a Rainbow dropped the bait, and I bit. I’m participating in #Sewing Dares. What is, you ask? It’s a fun challenge masterminded by Gillian. It’s unique because it’s tailored for the individual. No two people will have the exact same #sewingdare. Why, you ask? Well…it’s totally for fun. But more than that, being dared is motivating. My dare also got me thinking about being a kid, sewing for Barbie, playing dress-up….all kinds of things really. Here’s how it played out…
Me: Dare me, dare me. But something sewing related please. I’m having childhood flashbacks of hanging upside down from the monkey bars in a dress.
Gillian: I dare you to sew something inspired by a childhood outfit or an old favourite item that’s been lost/worn out/outdated. Give an old classic a new twist.
Up first…research. According to the photo albums, I was clearly all over the two piece matching outfit when I was a kid. Dress over shorts, cropped top over capris, jacket over pants…I remember them well. It was fun seeing that my love for colour and pattern was evident even at a young age. ‘Nuf said, the look is decided…we’re going for matchywear.
….I blame it on Dior and I. After seeing the film, not only is everything sublime, but I have this urge to design. And so I gleefully hacked away at Simplicity 1803, adding length, fullness and in-seam pockets to the bodice pieces. The pants, my trusty Simplicity 1783, are sans pockets and with the zipper relocated to the side seam. For continuity matchiness, I added v-notched hems to both top and pants. Gah….I had way more trouble with the top than I should have. When I was playing designer, I muslined the top with a high-low hem, and I thought it looked nice. But when I sewed the garment in the good fabric, it looked wrong…just…so wrong. So that was a job….unpicking two rows of machine stitching and re-cutting the hem. Then there was the gaping at the armhole. ‘Course, that wasn’t evident until after sewing on the self-fabric bias tape. Still…all in all, I think the effort was worth it. I have summer weight matchywear, just like years ago. I can’t say it’s sublime, but in 100% cotton, it’s cool, comfortable, and fun to wear. Fabric is Artisan Spirit-Shimmer-Peacock by Deborah Edwards. It’s difficult to see, but it has a pretty metallic gold dot throughout the print.
Now? Did I play it too safe, asks me? That’s my biggest question mark with this make. The fabric is definitely colourful and patterned, but it’s reading as a solid. I’m wondering if I should try a #sewingdares part II and use a more sixties inspired fabric? Or hey, how ’bout a cropped top….bwaaahahhaha…now, that be crazy talk.
All righty….whadya think? Do you have a memory of a favourite childhood outfit? Do you have a sewing dare for me? Please do dish….