05 March 2007
Going on a small vacation like I did made me realize the deplorable state of my clothes.
Since my retirement from cubicle-land I have been systematically weeding items out of my inventory. Currently, I work around a lot of messy things like molding plaster and clay and bronze dust and it is not good for nice clothes. So my uniform, if you want to call it that, is blue jeans and variants of t-shirts or sweatshirts or anything that is easily washable.
So, back to my closet. Believe it or not, it was quite empty! But not for long. There was a mighty fine sale on interlock knit at Joann Fabric (50% off!) so I went shopping and came back with enough t-shirt material for 7 shirts. Well, 5 out of the same pattern and 1 a short sleeve and 1 a tank top. I rummaged around until I found my favorite pattern. You can tell this is old (from the 1980's) because it is a "Big Shirt" and you are supposed to put in shoulder pads to make it hang right. I have gained enough weight over the years that the shoulder pads are gone but the pattern still fits. Just shows how 'big' this shirt is. *shrug* I love this pattern. I have used it so much that I copied it onto Do-Sew which lasts a lot longer than the pattern tracing paper. You can just see a piece of it popping out the top.
I spent Saturday afternoon laying and then cutting out the shirts. View C in the upper right corner of the pattern, if you must know, because it has a nice soft turtleneck collar. Sunday was spent stitching them up. I can't remember the last time I made this shirt so I had to get an old one from the closet to remember what NOT to do. Yep I made a mistake last time but I still wear it. I struggled with the sewing process on the first shirt trying to remember the flat construction techniques. Once I had it down, I zipped right through the other 4 shirts. Oh how I love my serger for this type of sewing.
This all brings me to another thought. I have three (yes 3) archive boxes of clothes, home dec and toy patterns. I used to be quite a seamstress until I found quilting. Why am I keeping all these patterns? I dunno. *shrug* I found something else to stashbust! Because I also have a stash of non-quilting fabric. I think I'll go through the patterns and the non-quilting fabric and make some more clothes. Not that I need them or anything! So I don't think I'll have many quilty things to show you until I'm over my clothes sewing frenzy. I should make some shorts too! Think spring!
Hey, do patterns sell well or at all on eBay?