Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Life is not all about sewing

A variation of the stripe shirt.  A little gathered collar and sleeves to add. Should be a quick and easy project, I thought.    

The initial sewing of the shirt went well.  After putting the kids to bed, Scott and I listened to an inspiring talk from education week on BYU TV, while I sewed and he worked.   

Next morning Asha tried it on before school.

Problem 1: collar too tall and flops to the front
problem 2: neckline of the bodice stretched out, making the gathered collar look not-so-gathered

After three more tries at picking, gathering and re-setting the collar throughout the day, I came up with what you see on the photo.  Asha was already in bed, but she got up and tried it on.  It was very close, but even with a key whole in the back, her head didn't go through.  Arrrrrrhhhhhh!  

Asha heard me sigh and said, "It is OK, Mom.  There are so many more important things than that shirt or sewing.  I love you."  

I decided to take a day off.  Whatever I will do next will involve taking the collar off, yet again, and I can't face it today.  

In the meantime, I am taking care of "the more important things"...



twoplustwins said...

Marie the shirt is very cute, I hope you get it to work out. I am always glad to have my children around to help me keep perspective. I hope you enjoy you day off and the laundry!:o)

Mommymita said...

I feel for you - I know the feeling and it takes a lot of fun out of sewing. Knits are pretty tricky but what you pictured actually looks great!

HOw did you manage the keep the turtleneck from not stretching out? Was it different fabric? Sounds like there is only one more fix left and it will be great - then I'll have someone to call when I attempt the same thing

Asha is very sweet and lucky to have a mom that just doesn't give up

Marie' said...

Did you find a pattern for you? I narrowed mine to three.

I asked Kim (above) to join us. She is looking through her patterns to see which one she wants to make.
I forgot to mention that I used thin twill tape I had around to stop the stretching of the neckline. That happened during the second re-do. I hardly ever make the same thing twice, so every time is a new experience. I still have to put the pockets in, too.

amandajean said...

i finally made some large whirly giggle blocks! i love them. thanks for sharing your measurements with me!!! (do you mind if i pass them along, should anyone ask me to?)

Kimberly said...

Oh, what a sweet girl to say such a cute thing! I love that shirt!

Simply This and That said...

Marie' would you mind if I used a couple of your photos of the whirlygiggles quilt on a post I'm doing about that quilt ? ooxx`jodi

Melissa said...

The shirt does look cute. I hope you figure it out. Asha is so cute with her comments. Even though hobbies are fun they can be frustrating too.

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Meredith said...

I'm so new to sewing, that this scenario sounds all too familiar.The shirt looks great- It will come together tomorrow :)

Dawn said...

Oh, I so feel for you. I'm a big chicken when it comes to clothing. Yours always looks so professional, just darling designer children's clothing. Just one question - did you really take a whole day's break from your project? I always say I'm going to, but keep getting drawn back until it gets its kinks worked out. ... Very cute shirt!

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