It's actually a planning post! My favorite part of the sewing process, besides inspecting the garment for loose threads before wearing it! :) And believe me, I'm a great planner! Have you seen My Big, Fat, Sewing To-Do list?
You may remember that our latest Stitch Once, Rip Twice project is a choose your challenge! Read up on the details here. :) I decided to choose both the 1960s and refashioning, because I had the perfect starting material in mind!
It's an XL women's shirt from the Gap that I bought from the swap meet for $1! It was so huge that I assumed it was a man's shirt, so thanks to Nay for clearing up the difference on our Facebook page. :)
For the pattern, I'm using the Portrait blouse from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I fell in love with it when I saw the blouse in person at her book event in Sew L.A. I've been sitting on that blouse pattern for a while now, ever since my guy gifted me the book on Valentine's Day!
Anyways, here is the fabric again with a close-up. It's a pretty, pink swiss dot with just a bit of sheerness. I'll definitely have to wear the final garment with a camisole, because I'm afraid that adding a lining would make it too heavy.
Here's a side-view of how large it is. Hopefully it will be enough material because I've never refashioned before, unless you count my Lakers "dress"!
Seeing as how I didn't get to alter my maxi this weekend, this project hasn't even made it out of the starting blocks. There's over a month until the deadline date, and the summer plans have slowed a bit (thankfully!). Hopefully that means that I get more sewing time on the weekends, and maybe I'll even crack the book open!
On a side note, I've only ever used patterns from the Big 4 and Colette, so I'm a little nervous to use a book-based pattern. Fingers crossed! I'm not even sure how different it will be, so I'm ready to dive in. :)
Any tips to using a pattern from a book? I'd love to hear!