I keep thinking I’ll relaunch my blog, and be a fitness blogger! Or a sewing blogger! Or a… Yeah, I’m not that organized. I am just trying, even though it is hard, to write and get out my feelings. Because I know it is good for me. Just like running is good for me, writing is good for me too. While you know, I wait the three damn months it takes to get an appointment with a psychiatrist in this town.
However, today I have sewing!
When I started sewing for my kids, and getting pretty decent at it, I kept putting off sewing for myself. When I am thinner. When I am braver. When I am… there were so many excuses. Then I found a community of sewists and found patterns and people like me with imperfect bodies that supported each other and had fun. The Instagram sewing community has been awesome for me. It has helped me find my sewing mojo again (which took a break for summer because my sewing room is kinda warm). It also lead me to Rachael from Imagine Gnats. She is awesome, and she encouraged me from the moment I “met” her. She let me, the relatively beginner at women’s sewing, do some pattern testing for her. I have, because of her awesome Alder Skirt pattern, work clothes that I made. Me! That are flattering and fun.This year though, thanks to Rachael and some others online, I’ve started realizing that putting it off isn’t going to get me what I want. I need to sew, for me. So, this last week, for Selfish Sewing Week, I made myself a couple of t-shirts. I am home virtually full time now, so they are what I need more than cool skirts (of which I have three I made myself)
The pattern is from GreenStyle Creations. The Centerfield Raglan. I love that her patterns come in a wide variety of sizes. I have a couple more downloaded to try out at some point, but so far I’ve only made this one. Four times.
The fabric is from Girl Charlee. They’ve been my go to for cheaper knits. The 16/yard organic stuff, or the 20+/yard euro imports are awesome, but I don’t feel like I deserve them yet. Baby steps to selfish sewing. (though I made a slight exception for another raglan I think I’ll blog about). The sleeves are a nice lighter jersey cotton/spandex. Great stable and I have multiple things out of it. It wears really well. The center is this awesome LOVE print. (because it is selfish, self LOVE, hah!) It is on a cotton/polly knit, one of the ones she has printed. I like her fabric designs, but I find the all over printed ones don’t have enough stretch for what I want. This heather gray though is a nice medium ground since it isn’t an all over print. I’ll be getting the foxes on it next. The fit is perfect. I used the 2XL bust and 3XL bottom since my bewbs are out of proportion to the rest of me. Thanks to a screw up cutting, I have another bodice of the same stuff cut out, so I think I’ll make it with different sleeves. If the only people who see me are my kids and dog, does it matter if I have two near matching shirts? I don’t think so.
One bonus photo by M. I volunteered in her class on Monday for Kid’s Cook. Her school has a classroom garden and I got to make pickles with awesome second graders. Then I went home & wanted to take a nap.