Sew, Mama, Sew!

The blog, not what my children cheer when they watch me sew ;o)

Believe it, or not. A project of mine was selected to be featured there!!!

How awesome is that?

Very, very awesome is the answer!

I think I was too stunned to give sufficient construction details when I was contacted about being featured. So, here are some more photos of the project in question, the shirt that inspired it and a bit more about how  I did it.

My creation
1. My First Shirt -The Cowl Neck Top, 2. 29/365: My First Shirt – The Cowl Neck Top, 3. My First Shirt -The Cowl Neck Top—-Cowl Folded, 4. 11.19.09

Inspiration shirt:
The Inspiration

As you can see, what I ended up with was similar to rather than an exact copy of the original. Which is fine. I think when setting out to copy any item you have to give yourself leave to make it close enough to the inspiration. Otherwise you set yourself up for failure.

I like the extra fullness in my cowl, which came from cutting on a diagonal making the middle section section of the cowl longer than either end. My sleeves are also shorter, which is fortunate since this poly knit is extremely HOT. My neckline is more v-shaped than the original, which makes the cowl sit a little deeper.

From Sew, Mama, Sew!:

This was the very first shirt I made. I was fearless in attacking it because the fabric I used was so stunningly inexpensive (read-cheap) and so wildly different (also read- cheap) than what I hoped it would be, that I had zero fear of wasting it. None. Whatsoever. I just whacked into it and stitched it together. I only needed to make one adjustment to the cowl’s length and it was done.

To cut the pieces, I used a method that I still use now. I simply folded the inspiration shirt and pinned it to the fabric, using it as a template for cutting. The first attempt at the sleeves was laughable, but I didn’t care. I had (and still have) a TON of this fabric… I took my construction clues straight from the top itself, looking at where things were attached and how to know how it should go together. I find that to be the best way to wrap my mind around what might work and what won’t. I think that anyone attempting something for the first time should put aside any fear of failure. It’s all practice. Who knows, you may have beginners luck like I did.

The funny thing about sewing knowledge, I wouldn’t have been able to tell most of that back when I first made this. You learn so much by doing and reading blogs and messing up and commiserating with other people who messed up via blog/flickr/pattern review/burdastyle/meet-up groups. It’s amazing!

Thanks to those of you popping over from Sew, Mama, Sew! and thanks again to the team over at the blog.


7 thoughts on “Sew, Mama, Sew!

  1. Congrats! Well-deserved. Your version is way better than the inspiration, the neckline is so versatile 🙂

    And I agree about the blogging community, I learn so much and I would’ve given up a long time ago were it not for for people who inspire me and commiserate.

    • Thank you! Blogging is the best! Just reading about others sewing and looking at their projects lets you know that you’re not alone, whether you’re having fun or wanting to kick the sewing machine ;o)

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