Despite all my big plans for 2019, I basically accomplished almost nothing I wanted to for the year. I also kind of just forgot about my blog. I didn’t actually forget, I just never seemed able to get to it, even while I was still sewing. But I’m not wanting to dwell on the past…
Last year was a pretty important year since I turned 40 and my significant other also turned 40. We had some big travel plans and life got pretty busy. It’s interesting how an age milestone can make you feel like you have to try to accomplish everything. Maybe it’s time to slow some things down, I’m not sure. I do have some travel plans for this year, although they are quite different from last year. My SO and I thought it would be a good idea to take some trips with our families this year since we felt it was important at this stage in our lives. It’s great to do these things when you can because you never know what life will throw at you. None of us is getting any younger.
But first up, I do have a girl’s trip planned to Austin, TX in a few weeks. I’ve been trying to decide whether I want to bring this shirt I made recently. When I bought the fabric, which is a kind of tie-dyed knit, I envisioned it working with this pattern. I think visually the print works with this type of top. The main issue is that there is a lot of material, which makes this quite heavy with the weight of the fabric.
I still think it’s a pretty cool top though, and I definitely have been looking for a place to wear it. The pattern wasn’t too complicated, however it was not obvious to me from the pattern drawing that the underside of the fabric would be shown. This wasn’t a huge issue for this fabric, but I could see it as a limitation for other fabric.
As I mentioned, this pattern required a lot of fabric. You had to cut one pretty big continuous piece, with two pattern sections that are pieced together. The only part I wasn’t crazy about was neck band, which had to stitched up by hand. Because of all the extra layers, it got quite thick in parts. I don’t think it would have been possible to sew through it all with a machine – or at least not in a neat way.
I’m still deciding if this shirt is right for my Austin trip. It might be perfect since it’s unlike anything I have and I always feel vacation is a great time to wear stuff like that. It’s like, if you are in a place where no one knows you, your style can be whatever you want. I am worried about the weight of it if I go dancing with the girls. Or getting it caught on anything…I think it might be worth a test drive. What do you think?
Here’s to 2020 and more experimenting with style. Maybe this will be the year of consistency with logging projects…we shall see.