Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My First Shirt!

Oh yes, I actually cobbled a shirt together with fabric, needle and thread!



For me, this is nothing short of amazing. Okay, it took me five weeks to make this piece of apparel in my weekly sewing class. But hey, I deserve a pat on the back for moving through this at times painful sewing experience nonetheless. However, I figured if I could master a yoke, collar, cuffs, setting in the sleeves and actually lining up my button holes, I'd be that much more the skilled seamstress! Check out the parts...







Not bad, eh? In fact, I am wearing my bee-you-ti-ful bee attire today in the office and not one person has uttered that dreaded question, "So, did you make that?"

Now, we all know this question and what evil lurks behind it. Yeah, what the inquirer really wants to ask is, "Hey, why are you even wearing that thing that looks as if it were cobbled together by a chimp on crack?"

Or, "Were you blindfolded (and on crack) while sewing that garment together?"

Or, "Let me guess, that shirt, is it? Yeah, well, whatever it is...could it have been made as a collaborative project between you and a chimp...um, while blindfolded, your brains addled by copious amounts of, um, crack, perhaps?"

Yeah, not one person has said anything remotely like the above to me today. Because of this, I'm calling this top a win/win. Yep, I learned a few new skills AND I actually made a wearable garment!

So, my top looks relatively store-bought AND the best part, aside from the stuff I mentioned prior that is...it has BUG BUTTONS!



It's all about the details peeps.

Sewing is definitely less scary after the completion of this project. Now stay tuned for my foray into quilting...

17 comments:

Laurie Ann said...

Quilting?!?! That's just crazy talk. I love the shirt. It does not look like it was cobbled together by crack-ridden chimps. It looks store bought.

Bunny said...

That shirt looks great! the top stitching on the cuff is neat and the buttons really add great detail. I can't wait to see what Quilting project you come up with.

woolanthropy said...

Good job! It looks fantastic. I love that bee fabric.

Ellen Bloom said...

Nice work! The buttonholes look exquisite too! Great fabric, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the Craftastic Lady Linoleum!

Lola Nova said...

You have done a terrific job, I am impressed. Collar, cuffs, yoke and button placket oh my...these are not the easiest of skills and you have pulled them off exquisitely. Win/win indeed!

Wish I had the room to do some quilting again, can't wait to see what you create.

Michelle said...

You're covered in bees!!!

MamaChristy said...

Very, very cool. The buttons reminded me that I knew a lady at a job YEARS ago who had once been a button sourcer for the Gap and affiliate companies. She said it was the coolest job ever and only left it because she wasn't able to travel as much any more. (I can't remember why. A spouse? A baby? Exhaustion? Who knows.)

Caroline B said...

I'm very impressed - shirt looks great, love the fabric and the buttons are amazing. Me & my chimp have thrown in the towel with regards to garment making.......

Heather said...

Beautiful job! And those buttons are amazing :)

Claire said...

Just love your shirt. The folks in the insectary here at work would go absolutely batty over it. Some of them have bug tattoos. The insectary is where we raise the insects for crop experiments. Anyway, kudos to you! Great job!

FinnyKnits said...

LOOK AT YOU - already such a talented seamstress. Not that I had any doubt, since you've tackled such insane things as weaving by loom and scary adhesives, but still - that is a HOT shirt.

Which doesn't look at all like you could have *made it yourself* even though you totally did.

And I would like to say that is my least favorite question even though I always want to be like, "I MADE THIS!!!" but then don't say anything because what if they think it's ugly and looks like a chimp made it?

See, same concerns.

Tifffany said...

OMG I am soooo impressed with that! I could so not manage that - congrats!!!!

Andi said...

I would love to wear such a nice shirt. I like the buttons (almost typed "buggons" and your buttonhole looks great. I admire people who make clothing, there are so many more rules for a wearable than a wall hanging. Great job!

Nancy said...

It is lovely, and it shows the quality only something done well, by hand can show. Machine done.. not so good, actually.

Fiber Deviant said...

i love this shirt... it seems so... well, YOU. love the fabric you chose and OMG! THE BUTTONS!!! (too awesome!)

to me, the shirt looks perfect... i think you did a great job! cant wait to see more of your sewing!

nice job! definitely win\win

wundermary said...

The shirt looks great! I love your fabric choice and the buttons are sneaky!

Ansley Bleu said...

Rad. I especially adore the bug motif. I have a few beetles in resin necklaces I think would go quite well with that.