One of the ways I like to learn things is to kind of get myself in over my head and see what happens.
Last week’s Iron Craft challenge, which I totally missed, was to create something blue. I had this great blue batik fabric I knew I wanted to use.
I wanted to make a beach cover but there was not enough fabric. I discovered there was enough — and a little extra — to wrap around my body so I decided I wanted to make a sort of pillowcase top for myself.
Not finding a pattern like what I was looking for, I decided to wing it.
This is not a tutorial because I was designing at the machine, sewing, trying on, cutting, sewing some more, trying on again, making mistakes and fixing them as I went.
If You Want to Make Your Own
I used a comfortable dress to cut armholes just on the back of the shirt and sewed casings at the top to run a ribbon through, but soon discovered there was way too much fabric in the front.
I thought cutting armholes would help, and it did, but they ended up way too big.
So I ended up taking fabric in along the sides, little by little, until I got to a volume I could live with.
I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and I’m proud of myself for figuring out how to make it work.
This was a pretty messy and wasteful project fabric-wise, but it was actually fun to know what I wanted to end result to be and just keep sewing and tinkering until I got there.
Do you always follow patterns or would you rather just wing it sometimes? I’d love to know what you think.