The good news is, there’s a new quilt shop in the Nearby Small Town. And the bad news is… there’s a new quilt shop in the Nearby Small Town. I was there a couple of weeks ago “just looking around” and I saw this cute fabric:
I didn’t consider buying it at the time because barns and tractors really aren’t my thing. I mean, just because I live out in the sticks doesn’t mean I go around wearing farm stuff all the time. So I left it in the store with all the other lovely fabric. But then I had an Idea! And yay verily she was mighty, this idea was! So, even though I thought her quite silly, resistance was futile. I went back to buy the fabric and they also had bandana fabric in exactly the right shade of red so I took this as a sign that this Idea was meant to be. (I had been worried that all the red bandana fabric would be too dark and thought I would use a solid red if necessary.)
I used my A-line pattern that I’ve used several times before. It’s not the most stylish thing but it’s easy to sew and very comfortable and best of all when I look in the mirror wearing one of them I can almost imagine that there’s a thin person in there. This time I left off the collar and put the red trim around the neckline instead and put strips of the bandana fabric on extra large patch pockets.
But now, I wish I had let this idea simmer for a while longer instead of rushing into it. I keep thinking, “Surely there’s something better I could have done with these fabrics. To me this looks a little too much like, “Why would anyone put pockets on a nightgown?” And about those pockets – I’m sure one is still higher than the other. The first time I sewed them on one was definitely higher and they were too close together in front so I took them off and repositioned them. They measure perfectly the same now but they still look a little off to me.
This photo (like the one of the blouse) is a little too blue. The background of the fabric is more seafoam than sky.*
So I don’t know… I suppose it would be an acceptable “house-dress” but I keep trying to think of some way to “fix” it. I’m not coming up with anything though. Or maybe it’s not as bad as I think? Maybe I should just embrace weirdness? After all, other people wear their pajamas to Walmart all the time.
* UPDATE: The background color seems to change depending on the light. It does look more blue outside and not just to the camera.