From other sewing blogs I read, I gather that I am not alone in coveting my sewing time for my own projects. After having some consistently successful items under my belt, I have had family members begin to make requests. I don’t mind and at times can be quite flattered, but I have noticed that it’s difficult for me to let the project go. That is, I have been known to hound the recipient (or so I’m told) and badger them about when they will wear the item.
This item in particular has caused me to repeatedly pester the recipient. Mostly because I think it turned out great and it was made exactly to her specifications…so why isn’t she wearing it?!
My youngest is often subjected to way too long trips to the fabric store and endless time at the pattern book table. So it serves me right that when she finally expressed interest in a shirt it would be one with buttons, collar, cuff plackets, etc.
The pattern (Simplicity 2447) was challenging for me not for lack of adequate directions but because many of the steps required sewing tasks I hadn’t previously tackled. In that respect, it’s good to force me out of my comfort zone and realize that not every item needs to have under 4 pieces and be completed in under an hour.
She is currently awaiting a delivery of sweatshirt fleece for a pair of drawstring sweatpants. I figure even if she doesn’t wear those, at least it won’t have buttons!