I've been terrified of tackling clothes. So far, I've made bags, nightgowns, and aprons, and several messes, but my small shoulders and short waist have scared the crap out of me. I don't know how to alter patterns, I barely can sew a straight line.
But then I did it!
I was inspired by Spool Sewing's class on KwikSew pattern 3691. I wanted to take it up there, but it would've been $70 by train, and probably more by car, plus the cost of class and materials. Instead I spent $11 on the pattern and my mom gave me the fabric. Can't beat it. The fabric is Tina Givens for Westminster, and I'd say it's a few years old, because neither of us knew who it belonged to, it just was there.
I always look like a dork in pictures. It doesn't help that we have an overhead dining room light that I use in the sewing room, and Nick used my phone to take the picture. Eight megapixels and you'd think it'd make me look somewhat decent!
I made a few alterations--I sewed down the facings as well as understitching, things like that--but really didn't have a whole lot of hiccups along the way. At one point my machine was misthreaded but that's my deal, not the pattern's. I'm really pleased with how it came out. I plan on wearing it with a cardigan and jeans for Casual Friday, but I can see it with my sailor shorts this summer. If it ever becomes summer. The Mid-Atlantic region is a harsh mistress. (It was 40 and raining this morning on my walk to the Metro; it was 72 and sunny on my way home. That's a great temperature for a wool coat.)
I plan on making more of these. It took hardly any fabric and no notions besides thread and interfacing. Not bad!
Oh, in other news, I finally got a Pinterest invite, so if anyone is on there let me know!