Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'm a finalist...Again!

Wahoo!  I submitted two tops to the Made by Rae Spring Top Sewalong, and BOTH made it to the first round of finals.  Crazy!  Please vote for my "Flowery button-down"!

This contest has really gotten me excited me about sewing for myself again.  Using patterns had been making me insane because you go through all the work of choosing fabric and pattern, cutting and sewing most of the seams, only to try on the partially-finished item and have it not fit.  And it seems like they *never* fit, usually erring on the side of enormous.  However, with this top in particular, I was determined to make it work (yay Tim Gunn!), so I made some big changes to the pattern.  I know, I know...patterns can (and should!) be altered, but now I have the confidence to not get discouraged when the original design doesn't work.  

I made a jaunty, off-hand (maybe regrettable?) comment to my husband that I might not buy another top this summer, and I think I'm going to try to stick to it.  When does the summer end?  :)  Wait, it hasn't even started yet!  I'll keep you posted...

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