Adventures in Sewing
I finally had a block of time yesterday to sew and I was all fired up to crank out another peasant shirt for my daughter. Back in July, Hancock’s had some beautiful white eyelet on sale and we bought enough to make a long-sleeved shirt. I had already prewashed the fabric and purchased all the notions, so I thought I just might even finish the shirt yesterday.
I laid out the fabric and got out the 3 pattern pieces required and…..YIKES! I can’t get all the pieces to fit on my fabric! What in the world has happened?? Did I not buy enough fabric? After many hours of struggling, figuring, positioning the pattern pieces in different configurations, figuring some more, … I came to this conclusion. No way were these 3 simple pieces were going to fit on this fabric cut. What a shame! I think my mistake came when I looked at the pattern envelope and bought just enough fabric to make a long-sleeved shirt. What I neglected to take into account was that I was buying fabric with a scalloped edge (OK, well that part I did know) and I would need to position the pattern pieces crosswise to make use of the edge for the hem. Once I turned the pattern pieces crosswise, they needed quite a bit more fabric than what was suggested on the pattern envelope.
Now what? Simple, I need to buy more fabric. Oh, wait; it’s October! What chance do you think I have of finding eyelet now? Last night, I ran out to our closest Hancock’s… no go; all the eyelet is gone or put away. I checked online and the eyelet is still available, but I have to buy a yard minimum (I only need 3/4 yard) and have to pay shipping. And no coupon codes! That makes for some expensive sleeves! I think I will check the other Hancock’s store today, just to see if I can get lucky and find the eyelet. Wish me luck!
Update: Yippee!!! I found the white eyelet fabric at the other Hancock’s store earlier today and I was able to use a coupon! Whew – now I can get back to sewing this shirt.