A little swoopiness to pass the time

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.

43 thoughts on “A little swoopiness to pass the time

  1. Give it a good go! Beautiful fabric and a lovely, drapey, graceful shirt style. I think it will suit you well.

  2. Hand up!

    Every creative person I know is big on ideas, loves to plan, often makes a great start on all sorts of things, is lucky to finish even a tiny percentage of those things. It’s hard to follow through, my friend. Your creative output is astonishing. Let’s celebrate everything we shepherd through to completion no matter how long it takes us.

    And I love that shirt pattern.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know it! This particular project upset me because the fabric was so beautiful and I had a sense that it was being wasted because not used. You’ll be happy to learn that I have the body together and the two piece collar on. Next stop is a bit of topstitching and then the 3/4 sleeves and their rather complicated cuffs. That’s for tomorrow, though.

  3. I really don’t know how long I’ve been following as time is illusive. I think I remember it but I love it and the pattern you are going to use. I’m odd in that I love collared shirts and long sleeves year round. The lightweight lawn will feel wonderful.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like a collar and at least elbow length sleeves to give some cover in the hot sunshine. I also find a bit of cover a bit more dignified than acres of middle-aged bare flesh!

      • Exactly! That’s why I like the 3/4 sleeve or longer and I’ve found that the back of my neck is sensitive to breezes so a collar help so much. Looking forward to seeing it done up. 🙂 You can imagine old age bare flesh. ;(

  4. tialys says:

    This will be great – how could it not be with such a nice pattern and that lovely Liberty? Will you still do the cuffs in the same way for the shorter sleeves?

    • katechiconi says:

      The shorter sleeve will be fuller with a deeper cuff and bound slit rather than a placket. It’ll be cooler in the heat. I have the assembled body and collar on Rosita now, and I *love* how it’s looking already 🙂

  5. Emmely says:

    As long as it gets finished someday. I now look at these abandoned/forgotten projects as bonus projects because by the time you get back to them you manage to finish them much quicker than you would something started from scratch since all the prep work has already been done.

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s a very good attitude! I also find that if I retrieve something from ‘deep storage’ I’m much more motivated to get it finished quickly.

  6. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    it will be “très chique ” !

  7. that’s beautiful fabric.

  8. I’m sure I’ve been here 3 years, but have no recollection of this shirt… so many creations over that time I guess. I bet it will be done in no time, as is often the way with things that I have put to one side. When they are finished I am always bewildered how they got sidelined. I’m looking forward to seeing this one completed.

  9. mlmcspadden says:

    That will be a lovely shirt!

  10. dayphoto says:

    I am constantly impressed by the wide variety of skills you have!! Amazing.

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    A fabulous project, best of luck.

  12. Joanne S says:

    Ha! I think a lot of us (wink) have a few WIP lying around…

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes indeed, but what I can’t quite understand is why this one was a WIP at all! Now that I’m working on it again, and it’s going well, I can’t think why I stopped after cutting it out 🙂

  13. kathyreeves says:

    I can’t wait to see this! I think it will be a favorite!

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree! The ‘hand’ of the fabric is lovely, but if I am to pass on any tip about working with Liberty Tana lawn, it’s to use a very fine, very sharp needle in your sewing machine, ideally, a Microtex. The weave is so dense that a regular needle can leave a bit of a hole around the thread.

      • kathyreeves says:

        Excellent tip….should I be so fortunate to see this stuff in person!!!

      • katechiconi says:

        Another one that hit the spam bucket. It took me a while to remember about using finer needles, after about a minute of my existing one making “pock pock pock” noises as it punched big ugly holes in the fabric. It’s much better now!

  14. claire93 says:

    I really love the shape of the bottom of the shirt – look forward to seeing you modelling it

  15. rutigt says:

    Like! Hands up! And I recognize the feeling when you find something you where working on years ago, and when you finally decides to finish that project. makes me happy and satisfied 🙂

  16. rosejasm says:

    You are not alone in having things stored away – maybe some creative anonymous group is needed!
    Excited through reading the comments that your nearly there…

  17. I know you cut it out because you sent me scraps of that fabric years ago!

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