Hands up who’s been following this blog for more than 3 years?
Oh hello! How lovely! Well, if you’ve been around that long, you’ll know I have a very slight tendency to make an excited start to a project, only to have it disappear totally into a deep, dark black hole. I have only a few projects like that, but enough to make me embarrassed and uneasy. So I’m resurrecting this one you may remember from three years ago. It’s past time…
Back then, I received a length of Liberty lawn in the design and colourway known as Patsy A, as a reward for making a sister of mine a quilt. (Another sister, another quilt. I have 4 sisters and three of them now have quilts. They all know that fabric is an acceptable trade…) I looked around a while for something worthy of this magnificence, and found a shirt pattern I liked. It has a flared, uneven, drapey hem, and I named it the Swoopy Shirt. I got as far as cutting it out, but with a ¾ length sleeve, for coolness. And then things ground to a halt. I’m blowed if I know why.
Now that I have the overlocker working again, I’ve lost the concern I had before about finishing it off properly inside. Zigzag just doesn’t do a good enough job for such lovely fabric. So it’s time to get cracking again. Rosita has emerged from the box room to assist with fittings and give advice (I’ve never known such an opinionated dress form, but there you go…), I’ve found the self-cover buttons and pearl grey thread I bought specially, and there are No More Excuses. Having laid bare my cringe at lack of progress, I now can’t make the project go away again, so I’ll have to finish it 🙂
Just in time for the summer and the hot, humid days when you need a beautiful, loose lawn shirt.