Over the past few months, I have been trying to sew a little more for me. I’m trying to improve my skill. I want to try more challenging things, sew more challenging patterns, work with more challenging materials. (Are you getting I want to challenge myself more?)
Well here we go, this outfit is full of things that scared me: fabrics that are difficult, patterns with more difficult things and scary words like yoke and placket.
For the skirt, I followed Dana’s circle skirt tutorial. Amazingly, I used to be afraid of knit fabric, but not any more. I really like this skirt, The drape is amazing and it is extremely comfortable.
The shirt is the Grainline Archer pattern. I obviously made a few changes here. The back is exactly as the pattern states (scary yoke and all, which actually is not scary at all). But on the front I made quite a few changes. I took out the collar and the button placket and I shortened the sleeves. I made the front out of three pieces, the left and right sides, as well as the button band and I lowered the neckline. I really love how this one turned out.
The shirt pattern was not at all difficult. I actually omitted a lot of the more challenging steps, but chiffon, that was entirely new to me. I read up a bit about how I should sew with it and then just braved it out! It actually was not as tricky as I thought it would be.
So this sewing challenge was not actually as hard as I thought it would be. I think I was psyching myself out, and I am glad I plowed forward!