It’s awfully simple to look at, but this finish feels like a big victory. Hmm, let me count the ways!
1) Both the fabric and the pattern were free.
The pattern came from one of Tillie’s books. I suppose you might call it a vintage style–the book was originally published in 1973. The fabric is yet another uncut length that came from the huge Freecycle pick-up I lucked into nearly two years ago (and which I will seemingly never stop referring to).
To my mind, sentiment and thrift made a perfect combination!
2) I really, really needed it!
There are plenty of dresses or tops I’d enjoy making but don’t because I already have so many perfectly fine clothes. But my old bathrobe was not one of them. After 20+ years of faithful service, this poor thing deserved retirement.
Yeah, it was time.
3) I liked this color but knew I’d never wear such a dated fabric in public.
It’s one of those polyester knits that’s sturdy and infinitely washable but from another era fashion-wise. But I knew this rich emerald green would make me smile every time I put it on, so it made sense to use the fabric for an item that I would enjoy wearing in the nonjudgmental comfort of my own home.
4) I picked up a couple new (or new-ish) skills.
The pattern called for flat-felled seams, which I’d never done before. It made for a lot of extra stitching, but I’m very pleased with the way mine turned out. Even the wrong side looks smooth and neat.
Finally, this was the first time I’d cut an entire garment pattern from a single small, multidirectional master sheet using a tracing wheel. I won’t lie, it was fussy and frustrating. But I also know now exactly what I’ll do differently next time to make it go more smoothly.
5) I remembered to make my modifications early.
They were minor modifications–adjusting standard sizing to match my actual measurements, adding belt loops, choosing a lighter hem and binding than recommended–but I know from sad prior experience that getting the plan right from the beginning this time around saved me a lot of time.
6) It fits absolutely perfectly.
And how often can we say that about off-the-rack clothing?