How do you ease yourself back into sewing? If you’re anything like me, you’ll loll around on the sofa like a teenager with a cold, sulkily rejecting every helpful suggestion. The shirt dress? Don’t wanna! A Ginger skirt? Can’t be bovvered! Something new? My head hurts even thinking about it, you’re so selfish, I can’t believe you’d even suggest that!
In the end, I gave myself a good shake and returned to Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank. I made a couple of versions last summer, ill-advisedly in jersey. Could I make this pattern work in the fabric it was meant to be sewn in? I dug out some Liberty lawn I ordered this summer and immediately swooned.
Isn’t this Richard and Lyla Liberty lawn just to die for? The perfect London landscape for someone who resides in our great city. Red telephone boxes, airplanes, ickle dogs, allotments, London bridge, sunflowers. The perfect testament to what, for me, has been a memorable summer. Was I going to muslin this top first? No way! I’d caught the sewing bug again, and would plunge forth.
Everything came together swimmingly. I raised the neckline slightly and added 1.5cm to the shoulder width. I used a decorative stitch on my tiny pocket and took care over print matching.
Yes, I am the queen of print matching. A genius of alignment. I am brilliant at this, there’s no one better. I AM PRINT MATCHING LION, HEAR ME ROAR! I am… Hold on. What’s this? What the…?!
* For international readers, this is a regional term of gentle frustration or surprise that roughly translates as, ‘ What the @!*&*@!’.
For reasons I won’t bore you with (incompetence) my version of the Tiny Pocket Tank has a centre back seam that now sports a design feature. I think we all know how to translate ‘design feature’, don’t we, readers?
No matter. If anything, this gives me huge source of amusement. I’m really curious to see who will have the guts to say to me, ‘You know you have an upside down Tower Bridge straddling your back, don’t you?’ If they do, I shall peer down my nose at them and proclaim, ‘It’s a design feature, you fool.’ Or maybe I’ll say, ‘I know! It’s hilarious, isn’t it?’ Or maybe I’ll just wear this with a cardie…
On a serious note, I really do like this pattern. It’s perfect as a wardrobe builder. I have some silk twill and really want to have a go with that. I think I need to do a teeny tiny FBA but other than that, it’s good to go. Though maybe next time, I’ll leave the directional prints to one side.
Now, come on. Make me feel better about myself. What’s the worst sewing mistake you’ve ever made?