I have nothing to wear!

Isn’t that the battle cry for women everywhere? Every time I say that to my husband he replies with a “Why don’t you buy some clothes?”

Duh! There’s no shops here with anything I like, or fit into (they should have a sign saying “we carry all sizes from 0 to 4.”). Besides, their stuff is outrageously expensive. 40 bucks for a tee? Spare me!

“Why don’t you buy online?”.

Well, because I never know what I am going to get. And deciphering their sizing method? It would be easier to learn Mandarin.

“Sew some then!”

Arrghh! I hate it when my husband uses logic in an argument. It’s so unfair.

So I spent Saturday sewing some clothes. I finished two tops and cut another. At this speed I figure I’ll renew my wardrobe in twenty years.

This is one of the tops. It’s made of two half yards I bought on Fabric.com, but I cannot locate the name of these prints. Since decades have passed since the last time I fit in half a yard of fabric, I had to combine these two similar prints for this top. 
The front is made of two pieces (remember, not enough fabric?), so I faked a button line. I placed a flower cut from scraps of the two prints, and buttons covered in the blue one where buttonholes would be. Making the blue parts into straight pieces (the curves are cut into the blue/green print) was a tour de force, I don’t think I’ll try this again.

And please don’t ask for a pattern. I don’t even remember what I did. I vaguely recall it involved a lot of time with my beloved and faithful seam ripper. It may have also involved some hard liquor.  It’s all a blur.

Next time I’ll buy a whole yard of fabric. Or lose 130 lb. Whichever is cheaper.

Compared to the previous one, this top was a piece of cake. I used some jersey knit from a large lot I bought on eBay a long time ago. For this type of fabric my overcast machine is an absolute necessity.

On the front I stitched a seahorse, a pattern bought from Urban Threads (love them!).

On the back I embroidered another Urban Threads design, a mean-looking octopus. I love the simple stitching and colors. I predict that octopus will keep popping up in other projects.

Here it is in more detail. It has the look of a simple tattoo. And a little secret about me, I really dig tattoos, I just wouldn’t get one for myself. I guess this is second best.

And don’t I totally need a mannequin? Maybe I can borrow Jaboopee’s

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  • Clara April 28, 2010, 3:25 AM

    Maybe some time this week I'll find the time to finish sewing that one.And thanks, Trina.

  • Trina Burgos April 27, 2010, 4:44 PM

    rolf@ "it might've involved hard liquor". You're a gem, Clara. AND talented. Love the tops, anxious to see the rest!