Have you ever started sewing something with only the vaguest idea of what you were going to make?
Although most of the pieces in the Out to Sea collection began with detailed sketches, when I started making this shirt
I only knew that I wanted to do a beaded neckline. I had no idea what the shape would be, or how the sleeves would look,
but I knew there would be beads involved somewhere.
The square front neckline naturally evolved into a square back neckline…
Then I found these adorable buttons, and knew they would be perfect, so I added a placket…
I don’t generally like yellow, but these buttons really were too perfect!
The angles of the necklines would be complimented so nicely by notched sleeves…
|Wow, check out that cat hair!|
And I just happen to have two buttons left over that would fit just right on the cuffs.
Of course the one thing that I had actually planned for was the only detail that I didn’t end up using,
and the beads were replaced by a bright yellow running stitch instead!
So now Aurelia had this amazingly special shirt, and absolutely nothing to go with it.
Matching shorts were obviously a necessity…complete with the contrasting running stitch embroidery.
In the end I was shocked that a half-baked plan, plus a color I don’t even like, somehow managed to become
one of the cutest outfits I’ve ever made! Talk about serendipity. Maybe I shold try to “wing it” more often!
How do you start a new sewing project?
Do you like to have a plan or make it up as you go?