Good morning, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m having a bit of a sewing mojo crisis. I thought I would be all pumped and ready to get cracking on tons of sewing projects with the new year, and in theory I definitely am.
Maybe it was seeing the sheer number of clothes I made for K en masse a couple of weeks ago, but I started to hear whispers of “what are you doing?” in the back of my mind. And as I stitched up this absolutely lovely top from this absolutely lovely book in an absolutely lovely fabric, I was dismayed by the fit. How is it that I’ve been sewing for her for so long and have this handy space to record information about sizing, and yet I still manage to get it wrong? I know that the top doesn’t look as enormous as it does in real life due to my clever photo selections, but trust me, she’s drowning in it.
And then the pants were even bigger! From this book, using a fabric that I originally planned to use to make pants for myself — some kind of stretch grey denim.
[Puzzled head-shaking here]
Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed making the clothes as I always do. And yes, I was excited to take photos of K in them, even knowing they were too big. But I was surprised at how much I’d miscalculated and truth be told, the quality of my sewing leaves much to be desired. I couldn’t get the facing on the yoke of the top to line up correctly, so it’s a bit bunched on the left side, and I’m still hopeless at topstitching, which is evident with the pants. I guess I felt like I was not improving and maybe even regressing in terms of skills and this is not a good feeling.
However, I’m not one to stay down for too long. Clothes that can be grown into are no problemo, really, and now I definitively know that K is actually still at size 120cm, but she’s just grown taller without widening at all (in fact, she’s much slimmer now). A lesson learned. Besides, without K modeling them, the clothes don’t look bad at all, right? I really like the big yoke design of the top, and my errors aren’t too obvious. And I was proud to have squeezed this out of just one yard of fabric.
And behold, this will be the last set of photos you will see of K without braces for the next few years. So this week is about commemorating K’s unadorned teeth (though she’ll be adorable with braces, scheduled to be fitted in two days), and not about the ill-fitting clothes. Plus, all I need is a little Ted talk like this one via Oh Joy, and I’m back to feeling pumped and ready to reign in that meandering sewing mojo!