When I get frustrated with one project or need to kick-start myself and get my sewing rhythm again, I inevitably turn to 5119.
I didn't have very much of this Anna Marie Horner fabric, so I made some adjustments:
- Shortened the sleeves to caps
- Made the front and back panels narrower by an inch each
- Added a second fabric on the bottom for length
- Also added a channel around the bodice area for a ribbon
I think what I like about this pattern is that it gives me room to experiment and make modifications. Up until this year, if I were sewing by a pattern, the pattern was The Way I Would Make It. I didn't have the experience or confidence to go making changes. This pattern is letting me stretch my wings a bit and I'm thankful for that. It doesn't take much fabric or time, but the payoff in confidence is huge.
Everyone should have a confidence-building project, whether it's in the kitchen or the garden or the craft room or wherever...just something comfortable that triggers all sorts of 'what if' situations in your brain... (and hopefully doesn't keep you up at night turning over the possibilities) Creativity is something to be nourished and encouraged; sometimes we are so busy encouraging our children, we forget that adults need that kind of stimulation, too. So, what's your go-to project? Have you mixed it up lately?
(oh, and I am really not kidding about this; I made two of them this weekend. Prepare yourself for Stretch Knit tomorrow. Woohoo!)