Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Never too early

It's never too early to start making a costume for the Renaissance Festival. Around here, that happens in October and November, but I'm starting to make a costume now. Mostly because I have nothing to do all day, since I'm currently unemployed, so I'm finally getting around to sewing stuff. Usually I put my ideas into action by buying fabric and patterns, but since I'm trying not to spend money (again, unemployed) I'm forced to put my ideas into action by using up the fabric and patterns I've acquired.

So far I've made a shirt. It's two colours, but it's all the same fabric; some of it is just dyed. I dyed it twice, and it still didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. It was supposed to be teal. First I used teal dye, then I tried again with teal and dark green. The second try ended up pretty similar to the first try, just darker. Still not teal. Also, the shirt looked cooler when it was still in my head. That's usually how it turns out. I imagine something cool, find out it won't work very well, have to improvise, and am disappointed with my work. If someone else had made the exact same thing, I'd think it was awesome. But when I have a particular feature set in my mind, I get annoyed when that feature doesn't work the way I thought I could make it work. Which is weird, since I never even have much of a plan when I start. I can never decide how I want to make something, so I sit there and stress about it forever, until I finally decide to just dive in and figure things out as I go.

So somehow I have almost no plan, yet I still am disappointed when things don't turn out exactly how I'd planned...?

However, I did successfully create a front facing, collar, a hem that doesn't look mangled, long-enough sleeves, and flat felled seams (or my variation of flat felled seams that I came up with before I googled how you're actually supposed to do it...I like my way...) I used McCall's 6613:

Here's my version: