A shirt or two…

I tend to get the urge to sew myself a couple new pieces of clothing each spring, and this year was no exception. I had grand dreams of whipping up a few new tops, but the reality is that it takes quite a bit of time, of which I find myself in short supply these days (but that’s ok, because hanging out with Max is so much fun!)

So anyway, I did get one done, and eh… it’s kind of a fail, which sucks when you’ve put in so much time (maybe this is why I like quilting so much – even really bad blocks can be used in some other project, or just picked apart and used again, while this shirt may end up just languishing in my closet! Though if I’m being completely honest, I do have several quilt tops languishing in another closet!)

(does it look better when I add a baby to the photo?!)

If I were making it again, I’d cut the neckline differently, redo the sleeve length, and probably sew in the sides to fit closer to the body (so I’d change pretty much everything!). I do like the basic shape though, which is from the Shearwater Kaftan pattern.

What was fun was sewing with my sister, though I’m not sure she felt the same way. You know when you love something and you want everyone else to love that same thing? I feel that way with sewing and often try to convince my sister to sew something when she stops by. This time I convinced her that she needed to make a tunic – and she did, though I’m thinking this might be the last thing I convince her to sew. Despite the moaning and groaning about the number of steps, and through a sewing-induced headache, which required some time outdoors (“air! I need fresh air!”), she did end up making this cute Shearwater Kaftan (one which made me wish I had just stuck to the pattern!)

But anyway, how about we end this post with a photo of some clothing successes?

Take a look at that cute sweater! It’s a gorgeous little sweater crocheted by Kate of One Flew Over. We’ve had a cool, rainy spring, so Max has been getting a lot of use out of it. I’m going to be so sad when he grows out of it! And I think it’s oh so cute when paired with these little goldfish pants, which I made using Anna Maria’s Quick Change Trouser pattern (pattern from her book, Handmade Beginnings).

Maybe I should stick to baby clothes from now on!

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30 Responses to A shirt or two…

  1. 1
    Alice R. says:

    I love it!!!! I guess different people like different things, but when I opened the window on your blog, my first thought was “I love her blouse” I especially loved the neckline and sleeve length which I think is why the fuller body style was okay with me. The pattern choice was so brave, but you oriented it perfectly (not crooked like I would’ve) and it just makes it. Truly, I was just so impressed. Perhaps it will grow on you. If not, I’m sure a friend will try to wrest it away from you – maybe they could make you one in exchange.

    The little munchkin – still so cute!

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    are you into little puff sleeves? If you do, you could save it by shortening and shirring the sleeves and then just wearing it belted. I don’t mind it, I think it’s pretty cute, but I would probably shorten the sleeves up, or throw a huge cuff on them. The 3/4 sleeves do seem a bit off with it.
    I want to snuggle your baby for days. (but not nights, hahahaha)

  3. 3
    Kristin says:

    That’s why I have such a hard time sewing for myself, because for every one thing I like (and actually wear) I make 5 things that end up wadded up in the closet! I used to keep them, but now I either pass them on to my sisters or make the fabric into something else!

  4. 4
    Linda says:

    I’m afraid I don’t agree with the other ladies. I am with you about the blouse. If it languishes in your closet too long, you can always cut it up and make quilt blocks out of it! 😎 I wish I could reach across the miles and hug and kiss that little doll. I love the concerned look on his face there on your shoulder. Please kisss him for me.


  5. 5
    Lana says:

    I am so thrilled you let us see Max as he is growing! It’s a treat!
    And as for the sweater, save it for the next one! I do love seeing Max model all the items you made for him. 🙂

  6. 6
    susan says:

    I like the Shearwater shirt….the other not so much but with baby spit up who cares? Max is adorable. I tried to find your simplicity pattern from last year and it’s not made any more…..very sad!

  7. 7
    traceyjay says:

    he is so sweet! I’ve got some maternity shirts I want to make… hoping it goes well! 😉
    I hope you’re feeling healthy and strong and healing well too.

  8. 8
    CitricSugar says:

    I love those tops but that baby is so cute that it physically hurts me to look away. I need to snuggle my nephew immediately…

  9. 9
    Ashley says:

    The sweater is so cute and the pants are just adorable!! What a cute little peanut!!

  10. 10
    elsa says:

    your shirts are lovely and your Max is beautiful and looks so peaceful.

  11. 11

    I’m not really seeing the fail…could you add a dart or two to bring it in a bit if that’s what’s bugging you? Everything looks better with a baby added. Especially one that adorable!

  12. 12
    Kate says:

    Oohh…Ashley, Max looks so adorable! I am thrilled he is getting some use out of the sweater.


  13. 13
    Zeti says:

    Hi Ashley, I couldn’t see anything wrong with that blouse. It is gorgeous. I wish I can sew one like yours. Love the color and I think the color suits you well. Your baby is beautiful… Take care 🙂

  14. 14
    katie says:

    I like Anna Maria patterns. I just made a dress of hers, Evening Empire dress. Sized perfectly for ‘real womens’ bodies. It was even cute enough that my 16 and 13 year old daughters want one too. The cover shows a pieced skirt, which I will now make, but to start with and make sure the size was right, I just made it out of one large piece. I was really fun, especially when it fit!!!

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    Toni Coward says:

    The shirt is saveable…I reckon making short sleeves and fitting it a bit more will save it. If that doesn’t work, a cute cardi over the top fixes everything anyway!
    Your sister’s kaftan is lovely, my sisters are the same when it comes to sewing. I end up taking over from them!!
    And Max….SUPER CUTE!!!

  16. 16

    Love that last photo of Max! He is so cute in the best kind of way. Yes, sewing for little ones is more likely to give satisfaction, unless you have a great pattern and fabric you know are going to work for you (which I don’t for myself).

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    Robb says:

    *sigh* yes, adding Max to the photo definitely made it better 🙂 Although, I thought it was pretty cute and dont really see the whole fail thing. But, I do know what you mean about the time and effort and then not loving the end result. It is a bummer. Thanks for the baby pics though. I am currently living through you vicariously. I have 4 babies, two are adults now – 22 and 21, and then I have a 4 yr old and a 3 yr old. A big gap, I know 🙂 At any rate, I would VERY MUCH like one more baby, but DH isn’t totally on board. So, for now, I very much enjoy your photos of Max and use them to try to talk my husband into my point of view! So please, keep ’em coming 🙂

  18. 18
    Wendi says:

    So about that shirt. You COULD make ties at your rib cage on the sides, OR add a little elastic on the inside to pull it in at the sides. Just an idea. I don’t think it is all that bad. It is kind of festive. Could you add some sort of decorative bobble in the ruffle neckline somewhere off center? Like a sold black button perhaps?

  19. 19
    kate says:

    Oh dear, I want to nom nom nom your baby! Not, you know, in a weird way, but in a “he’s delicious and I want to eat him up” kind of way. 😉

  20. 20
    Netta says:

    you are amazing! I’ve been following your blog for awhile and worried you might disappear once Max arrived. I know I struggled to find time and energy with new babes around. Keep on sewing, I’m always inspired by your work-quilts and everything else!

  21. 21
    niki says:

    Love the new top. The ruffle at the neck makes it. So it doesn’t languish in the closet, you can send it to me!

  22. 22
    Amelia says:

    Such a gorgeous little man!!

  23. 23
    Shannon says:

    You look beautiful! And max is gorgeous. For me, the post-partum months (ahem, year) were full of clothing frustration; none of my old stuff fit and my body seemed so different from what I remembered of my pre-pregnant self. You really look beautiful though! And I think the shirt is great! So impressed that you are able to find time to sew.

  24. 24
    Angela says:

    I think the shirt looks great on you! And your little guy is getting so big! What a cutie pie, you must be totally in love! xx

  25. 25
    kate says:

    What??? The top looks fantastic – I want/need the pattern!!!!

  26. 26
    Marianne says:

    PLEASE add a baby to every picture! It’s like putting a sugar rose on a birthday cake. The cake is wonderful by itself but the rose makes it special.

  27. 27
    BJ says:

    The top is adorable – I had a very positive first impression of it as well!

    However, if you want to make just one change to make it look significantly different, you might try shortening the sleeves.

  28. 28
    Sarah M says:

    You mentioned the Lisette patterns on an earlier post – they’re on sale at Joann’s this weekend. Simplicity prints 5 for $5, so I picked up all 4 patterns. Also, the Lisette fabrics are still 50% off. I’m not crazy about all of the prints, and some are a cotton/poly blend, but there’s a great heavier weight blue & white ikat. I really enjoy seeing your clothing projects, and thanks for posting about the ones that don’t turn out perfectly. I love the ruffled neckline, but not in this particular fabric. I LOVE the Shearwater Kaftan in the Heather Ross fabric!

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    Lori says:

    I think your top is super awesome! Love the big neckline and the embellishment along the edging. Sure, the sides could be a bit more shapely…but to me, these things are minor minor minor. To me, the 3/4 sleeves make it a bit dressier. Can wear with jeans. But easily with a pair of black trousers (or skirt) for a smarter look, too. Go, you!

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