Sewing the hem....the last step!
It was a good first project for a young girl.
I heard an audible gasp from Colette in the other room, as Reyna pranced through the house in her new skirt. I knew it was time to make something for her. The next morning, I went through my limited fabric stash and found some fabric that my daughter and I had found at Nasty Goodwill.
I should explain that regular Goodwill stores are a great place to find second hand stuff, but Nasty Goodwill is a veritable paradise of all things donated. It's a distribution outlet where none of the merchandise is on shelves and the clothes are never hung or displayed. Everything is piled in giant rolling carts/bins that you have to rifle through. The clothes (sadly) are in the same shape as when YOU donated them: often soiled and torn and basically are just plain "nasty". You never shower before you go there...women wear rubber gloves to sort through the bins and fight over items when a new cart is rolled in. It's a riot...you just remember to take your hand sanitizer and for God's sake, don't ever touch your face while you're there!
But bargains abound at Nasty Goodwill. I have found Talbot's Capri's, never worn dress shirts, cute jeans, tablecloths and fabric. And all for $.08 a pound!
I have a favorite knit top pattern that I decided to try to use on this NG fabric that I found
several months ago. I knew I would need to cut it on the bias as it wasn't a knit.
And that I would have to find just the right stitch for the seams...
something that would have some give in it.
The fabric wasn't that hard to work up. However when I tried it on, the crepe nature of the fabric cut on the bias did not lend itself very well to the long sleeves I had designed. They were too tight and felt scratchy...not like the soft knits that I had used previously. I kept cutting them shorter and shorter until the top felt more comfortable.
I looked in the mirror at my top. Again, I thought I heard Colette sigh in the other room.
Okay, girlfriend, let's try it on YOU, I thought, and see what you think. Maybe it will look better on you!
Me: "What do you think, Colette?"
Colette is no dummy.
Colette, astutely: "It's okay, but have you forgotten that you and I look hideous in brown??"
Me: "Evidently so, 'cause I looked like my old maiden aunt in it. And you don't look muck better, hon."
Colette: "You better add some pink to this sucker and some accessories, cause I'm dying here!"
Not bad, Colette.
This is how we learn about sewing: Try a design or fabric and see if it works. I don't particularly like the fabric, but it was cheap and the finished top works with a pair of jeans.
Laurel. Nasty Goodwill is calling. See ya!