Monday, June 15, 2015

mae's parachute top - and why I sew :)

I have to be honest - I often find sewing to be really, really boring!  So many people have asked why I don't open an Etsy shop and sell the stuff I make.  I usually just tell them that I only sew for my family because I want sewing to remain a hobby that I enjoy rather than a chore.  But honestly, I know myself better than that (and try not to lie to myself!) and am 100% sure that I could never follow through with maintaining a shop.  After all, I can't even manage to blog consistently, and it takes significantly less time than production sewing!  I greatly admire women (and men!) who can sew the same item over and over again and create a successful business, and I like to give them my patronage whenever possible.

I would love to have some gushy reason why I sew such as clothing my kids with my love (just typing that makes me ill, I'm the least sentimental and gushy person in existence) but the truth is it's entirely selfish!  I use sewing to release tension and to escape everything for just a little while.  And honestly, my joy is not the sewing, but the design and the drafting.  Sewing is merely a means to an end.  I'm that kid who truly loved school because it gave me the opportunity to learn something new that I might not have taken the time to learn on my own.  I love drafting patterns for the challenge of seeing a blank sheet of paper (and yes, I draft everything on paper) turn in to a two dimensional pattern and then to a three dimension object - and not just any object, but a useful and often beautiful thing that can be used every day.  But I also love learning from the failures because they present a new challenge to overcome.  And in case you haven't guessed by now, I'm a total nerd in real life :)


I've been sewing a lot of essentials lately (because, you know, life happens and kids grow) but I miss the challenges, so I tossed a little self drafted top into the mix for Mae's summer wardrobe.  It's not perfect, and it's not even exactly what I imagined, but I truly enjoyed making it!  My oldest son calls it her parachute top because when she jumps up and down it billows out exactly like a parachute.  Note for next time - a little less width in the back :)


My favorite thing about this top is that it pulls over Mae's head with no closures of any kind.  As far as Mae's concerned the faster she can get dressed, the sooner she can get moving and cause mayhem where ever she goes ;)


The coral fabric is a stretch denim, and I think if I make the top again, I would like to try making it with a flowing fabric such as rayon challis.  I suspect that it wouldn't even look like it was the same pattern.  But first I have to make a few tweaks to the pattern - which sounds like way more fun to me than sewing a second top!


Here's a look at the inside.  All of the seams except the side seams (which can be finished with a french seam) are enclosed for a very nice finish.


Materials:
Coral - Stretch denim from fabric.com (no longer available)
White - Embroidered cotton from Joann's

6 comments :

  1. Cute top and I love the color on Mae. I'm totally with you on the why I sew. I have no interest in a shop, and I like the planning/designing better than the actual sewing too.

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    1. I have a feeling that a lot of people don't actually like the sewing, but they like the end result, so they put up with the sewing ;)

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  2. I feel the same way about sewing! I really love this top, you did an awesome job :)

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    1. Thanks! It's nice to find other people who use sewing as therapy ;)

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  3. Reading your post made me realise that you and I think alike, it was as if you were expressing my thoughts. Love the top and the colours I am definitely making one and will surely keep your suggestions in mind while making it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I suspect that a lot of people feel the same about sewing as you and I, especially people who have been sewing for a while. I also think that people who don't sew generally believe that all we do is follow a pattern and feed some fabric through a machine, and they tend to overlook the fitting and design aspects of sewing :)

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