Friday, 11 June 2010

Keep your Shirt on!

I am in the middle of a total shirt-making frenzy. This came about, completely out of the blue, on Wednesday night when I was gathering my bits and pieces ready for my sewing class. I intended to start my mum's jelly roll quilt but then suddenly realised that I don't have a set square thingy to cut diagonal edges with - which I needed for the quilt. Bugger. What to do? With only 10 minutes left before I had to leave, I began to mildly panic. However, the boy, sensing my dilemna, simply asked "can you make me a top?". Which sounded much more like a challenge than a request to me. I remembered this fabulous book (Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross) ...

had this rather cute pattern in it ...

and I also managed to find some deck-chair stripy material which I bought years ago and never used. Lo and behold - a shirt was born!

I must admit, I've never really seen the point of making clothes for the boy because they are so cheap to buy and it's always seemed rather pointless to make stuff which is so readily available. However, what I completely forgot about was the sheer joy you get when you see someone wearing/using something you've made!
Of course, when I proudly showed his father (who was jobsmacked, it has to be said) he immediately requested one for himself. So today I've been to the market and bought some lovely boy-style and man-style material (plus a little something for moi) and I am chomping at the bit to make some more shirts! Hee Hee. I love it.


  1. I love that shirt.I used to make lots of clothes,but as you say ,ready made stuff is so cheap these days.Lovely to see your child in something you made though .
    Found a great fun blog about refashioning clothes .I'll try and link
    Jacquie x

  2. Oh that didn't work ,sigh.
    But you can type the address
    Jacquie x