I will be the first to admit that I’m a terrible hype man for myself. Back when the BeeBox was active, I practically sewed up my fabric the moment it arrived. Now that I am running my own subscription service…it takes me until January to sew and share the fabric that I shipped out in September. What gives? Especially considering that this is hands down the favorite fabric that I’ve shipped out so far. It’s plaid, colorful, soft, and gorgeous. I think I almost was afraid to make something just “so so” with it. Who knows?
Last night, I was in this mode of creative depression. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about.
You want to make something. But you don’t know what. Nothing sounds “inspired” enough for you. And you basically spend an hour, or more, staring at the materials you own and being totally depressed because you can’t come up with anything. IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE WORST THING EVER.
I decided I was going to break myself out of it, no matter what. So, despite the fact that this top didn’t end up as perfectly as I’d hoped it would….I made it. I felt good while making it. And I have a finished thing that I can wear that fits me and is unique. This all counts for something, am I right?
What exactly did I make? I only had a small amount of this fabric to use, so I knew it needed to be something form fitting if I wanted a full shirt and sleeves. I decided to hack the P4P Naughty or Nice PJs into a top! And because I didn’t have enough length to make what I’m most comfortable wearing, I decided it might be fun to add a ruffle hem. What 33 year old woman doesn’t need a ruffle on her shirt every once in a while. Am I right?
I love the snaps that Alex talked me into buying during the NN pattern test. They’re super easy to apply and had a ton of colors…which ended up being perfect for the fabric I was using. I mean….come on. The multi colored plaid and the multi colored snaps were such a fun combo!
My less than perfect elements of this sew? Well…I got a little snap happy and am still learning this tool. I’m way more used to planning out and executing some button holes and buttons. So I misfired on a couple and they aren’t perfectly in the center. Oh well. Also, my ruffle ended up straightening itself out on the back and was less ruffled than it should have been. I might go back and fix this eventually. But I seriously just needed so badly to get through this project that I just let it fly. Sometimes you have to embrace the imperfect and appreciate the finished project as it is, right?
That’s at least what I’m telling myself.
Before I go, I should probably tell you more about Threads of the Month, huh?
Threads of the Month is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
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As a lover of fabric and sewing and color, my goal is to deliver some amazing fabrics to you — of which you can turn around and make some amazing threads for yourself. Each month, you will receive 2-yards of knit fabrics (on varying bases) in the mail. Most of the time it will be a continuous 2-yard length, but we might surprise you with some coordinating prints from time to time.
**updated 08/31/22: I retired TOTM and re-opened under the Patterns for Pirates name: Fabric for Pirates! Same concept, same awesome happy fabric mail, just a new name!
Pattern: Naughty or Nice PJs by Patterns for Pirates
Fabric: September Threads of the Month from Thread & Grain (now Fabric for Pirates!)
Snap Fasteners from Amazon