Have you been enjoying sewing month over at Sew, Mama, Sew? All month long, they've been de-mystifying the complicated nature of patterns and encouraging all of us novices to get creative. They have even created a sew along project which was broken down over three weeks and has great tutorial videos to go along with it. The project is a pretty basic utility smock. I don't know when I'd actually wear a smock but I thought 'sounds great' and dove right in. As usual, I met up with many complications along the way, uttered more than my share of swears, and had to make more than one trip to the fabric store to complete the dang thing.
My smock story began with picking out a cute fabric in shades of green with little floral embellishments all over. It was so cute and reminded me of the all the hopes and dreams I have for my newly planted garden. After the fabric was picked out, I printed out the pattern and began cutting and sewing, of course following directions along the way. I was so proud of how it was looking; complete with straps sewn into the darts and beautiful flat seams for that professional finished look. And, I was patient, oh so patient, and not even cursing! But then, I tried it on. I could have cried. I could not even get the damned thing up over my shoulders. It was too small, way too small. And then I started feeling bad because the pattern was described as "one size fits many." Ahh, I'm bigger than the many!!! Not a good feeling.
Once I stopped crying, I began to think a little bit. The smock fit around me, I just couldn't't get it over my shoulders. I went back and re-watched the part of the video about modifying the pattern and discovered that I was probably among the people who have "high shoulders." Again, I have no real idea of what this means, but I printed out the pattern again and started from scratch. But now I had run out of the cute green fabric and I wasn't about to go out and buy more. So, I hit my stash and came out with a cute little "ginger bread house" number. So now I have an ultra stylish smock decorated with candy canes and ginger bread men. I am a fashionista!!!
I hesitate to post pictures of myself, because I don't like to be in pictures, but I had to share the smocky goodness.
Doing this project I learned how to do many things: alter a pattern, make darts, add a buttonhole (that was fun, who knew my machine could do it all by itself?) and ADD SEAM BINDING!!! Seam binding has been my nemesis for awhile now and I'm over the moon to have done it mostly correctly!!! All I can say is "bring on Christmas, baby!" I'll look so cute baking those Christmas cookies!