Oh Ruggy. Will I ever sew you anything?
This plaid flannel was truly meant for my husband. I had all the best intentions of making him a cozy fall shirt, partially egged on by Amy’s rage-inducing make for her soulmate. WHATEVER AMY. As I pored over Mood’s online site, bookmarking fabrics to my portfolio (I love that wee feature, I can see all my wants right on one page), my mind quickly wandered back to myself, and I let out a little gasp when I saw this chenille. Unfortunately, Mind-Reading Ruggy heard my gasp, looked at my screen, and asked when I might be making something with my Mood allowance for my loving husband.
Must learn to keep emotions hidden.
I promised I would pick up something for him the very next time I was in the store, and indeed I did… after spending an hour and a half poring over boucle for myself. By the time I got to shirtings I think the fuzz from wools had coated my brain. Aided by Nate, I dug into the racks, looking for something that wouldn’t bore me half to death. When the strapping Nate yanked this bolt off the shelf, he deemed it edgy without being Oona crazy, and I was sold. But I was too precoccupied with the boucle in my arms to actually touch it. Arriving home, I was still too enamored of my own find to really touch it, shoving it in for a pre wash so I could get back to fondling wool. Later, as I ironed it, I patted myself on the back for the sheer magnitude of my kindness in making my husband the second shirt of my five year sewing career, trumpeting to the general public of cats and man that it would be killer, with pearl snaps and a contrasting back yoke made out of thick olive green jersey.
Then I noticed the plaid wasn’t quite matching up… had it gone off grain in the wash? I asked Ruggy to pull opposite corners with me. After all, it was destined for his closet, he could do a little work. So we pulled… and realized I had purchased a flannel with Lycra that was surely meant for the likes of Stretch Armstrong. I’m talking trampoline-worthy.
Now, my Ruggy is picky man. He eyed that stretch, and I knew it wasn’t for him. Sweat glands like a delicate flower, that one. No matter! I happily chirped. I’ll just make something for myself and I’ll get you some nice 100% cotton next time for sure kaythxbye!!! And I was off to my pattern stash.
I chose Simplicity 2337 of the Project Runway line, my favorite of the big 4 for sure. Seriously, if I’m near a chain store with a sale, I just open up the drawers and pull out every blue envelope that doesn’t have a child on it. I love the variations in these patterns, and this time I was moved to try my own: a dolman sleeve. Which I royally fuka’ted. See how that seam curves down to the front of my arm? Yeah, I TOTALLY meant to do that, it’s a design element, thankyaverymuch.
The rest of the pattern went together like a charm, princess seams on the front, two darts in the back, vent.
Oooooh and my current trick for dealing with the excess fabric around my back shoulder section: cut the offending excess out! HA. I call it the dancer’s posture adjustment. I love a good DPA.
The neck and hem are finished off with bias trim (can I just say I hate facings? I HATE FACINGS. I said as much to Carolyn the other day. I love it when someone who really knows what they’re doing tells me it okay to do whatever hairbrain thing I might be doing at the time). The neckline is actually sandwiched in trim, and since I had to rip out the very last bit by the zipper head so many times it was a holy mess I just decided for the fun of it to add this little ribbon & pearl embellishment at the top.
Ruggy snapped these photos for me. Wearing an old Gap sweatshirt. Oh, the humanity. A police van was parked next to us. A female officer leaned out the window: Okay, I gotta ax. You took like a hundred pictures already, whaddayouDOIN. After some shouting about sewing and Mood, I informed the officers that the plaid was meant for the man behind the camera, and that sent me and the male officer into gales of laughter. He seemed to understand completely. My Ruggy grinned acceptingly like the wonderful guy he is.
I would say I’d make it up to him soon… but I don’t like to lie.