Last Thursday all but the sleeves, buttons, and the peplum style skirt were finished on my shirt. I was so close to being finished, but with the sleeves needing to be done it seemed so far away from being finished. It was so hard to focus on finishing my shirt when a sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing, and macaroni and cheese seriously needed to be put together.
Here is the thing. I HAVE TO have yummy traditional food for Thanksgiving and Christmas; but if I’m going to have that yummy food, I have to make it. Not because I won’t eat other people’s food, but because all of our family live elsewhere. SO, preparing ahead of time is vital! Otherwise, I end up being dead and tired when it’s time to eat all that I worked for. There was a lot that needed to be done while I was working on my shirt.
However, my husband is awesome (brownie points for that, right?) and watched the children on Saturday afternoon, while I finished my shirt. Guilt did motivate me to finish as well, since Christmas is to be spent with the family. Sewing a shirt was low on the priority list, even if it was for Christmas Eve church service. There are other clothes in my closet you know… Determination in my being and children watched I went to work as quickly as possible.
The sleeves were first to be conquered. Oh my word! Frantically, I threw a sleeve at the bodice of this shirt, and it looked like it. Out came the seam ripper…. a few times. It was like I forgot how to put a sleeve in. There are still gathers in the shoulder of the sleeves. It is possible that the cotton fabric is especially sensitive. Maybe if I had had more time they could have been perfect, or at least closer. All things considered, I did my best and then moved on to the buttons.
I have never put button holes in a shirt so fast. If you had a closer look you would be able to see that. Hey! Stop zooming in on my photos! (Just kidding.) Please forgive my fascination with the larger size button on this shirt. The pattern called for a larger buttons than the other shirt patterns I have done. It really worked well for the style of the shirt, even when I added the peplum skirt.
Now it was time to add the peplum part of the shirt. Y’all I was in such a hurry. Placed on Darla (my dress form), I was able to get an idea of how the skirt would flow around the waist. Given more time, I would have tried to add a pleated skirt or gathered. I just went for the skirt from my Christmasy Christmas apron (previously posted). I measured the waist on the shirt after I marked the waistline. Then I measured the inside of the “circle” on the waist of the apron skirt. It’s basically a circle skirt. It needed an inch or two more which I added to the back (or when the pattern is placed on the fold, I added the inch at the fold). This made for less flounce in the back, but it was the quickest simplest fix. Maybe it worked out best anyway.
I laid my pattern on a scrap of fabric, marked the changes that needed to be made, and chop chop. Then I pinned it to the shirt. It worked!!! Now my distracted frantics turned into excitement that this might actually work. I took it back off Darla. Then, with a few changes including changing the angle in the front, I cut it from the white cotton.
Then there was a little fabric that needed to be trimmed from the “tail” of the shirt, and it was time to put this skirt on for good. I trimmed a half inch from the marked waistline and pinned the skirt to the bodice on that line. A serge serge here, and a serge serge there, and we are finished. I think I heard a bell ring. Oh, that happens when an angel gets it’s wings. Bells should ring when you finish a sewing project. They do ring in my mind…
Here is the finished product with accessories! It didn’t even take all night. I was finished around five that afternoon.
More importantly, we had a great time this Christmas. We were just together! I feel spoiled rotten when I think of the blessings God has given me and my family.
Until next time and next year, have a great rest of the week! Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today!!! Happy New Year!