Okay, this is highly irresponsible--I have a van coming to take me to the airport for a crack of dawn flight in about 4 hours but I couldn't help but post this, I'm too excited about it. I am mostly a knitter but I vowed that this would be the year I kicked my sewing fears to the curb. With the help of the fabulous Wendy Mullins and my adorable Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine I whipped up my very first garment:
The biggest surprise for me what the sizing--I couldn't really believe that I was in the double digits for the first time in my life so I sorta low-balled it and decided to cut a size 10. This was a rookie/knitter's mistake because I was going by ease measurements and with knitting I always like to either match my bust measurement or go negative. I didn't do that (I had studied my copy of Sew U too hard to make that kind of error) but I did quickly realize that the 4+ inches of ease was built in for a reason. I'd heard people remark that these patterns run large, but I think the look requires it. Hey, whatevs, more room for my miniature beer belly!
This photo captures the glee that followed when I put it on and found that it fit and was reasonably cute:
Not very flattering, but it was an honest reaction! I've decided--sewing kicks arse!
The fabric is Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy and it has a ridiculous amount of stretch for a cotton, I was shocked. It did make things easier when I had to cheat a bit sewing in the sleeves. BTW, I call it my Home Ec top because it looks so very basic and retro. I love it!