Heartbreaking! This is what I call the Lisette 1879 Souvenir top and shorts I made. They’re so comfortable, look great on me, and I just love how they look together. HOWEVER this is Benin and this is a culture where showing skin above the knees is a huge no no. Breasts are okay but show too much leg and people will start having the wrong idea about you.
Anyway! I’ve been sewing through my stash lately. After all those Laurels I really accumulated a bit of fabric so now I’m working through it all. The ikat print fabric is leftover from I am Kimono Cut and a Tabbed Laurel.
I started sewing and putting the shorts together, and all was going smoothly until… well. The thing about sewing is that stuff only becomes intuitive the more and more I sew. As great as diagrams and instructions are, when a garment makes that 3D jump from its 2D pattern, they never resemble each other at all. Only by sewing does this stuff start making sense. The saddest part is that this is the second time I’ve made this mistake. I did the exact same thing with the Colette Iris shorts – but that time was even more embarrassing because I thought that by trying them on hey would magically fit correctly. This time I knew better and reached for the seam ripper immediately.
This must be scrap karma for my stash busting efforts. Look how perfectly the souvenir top fits inside the piece originally destined for a a Colette Laurel. This fabric, by the way, is the same one used in the Hibiscus Laurel.
There’s enough to make scallops for a future scalloped tote bag.
I have a friend named Kelly. I love her a lot but I also love her top bun. Just look at it. Doesn’t it look like ice cream? Or some sort of cinnamon swirled cupcake?
Now let’s talk chairs. I don’t have a closet for my clothes. I have a hiking backpack. No point in investing in storage solutions if I’m only living in a place for a year. And because of all the sewing I do, that thing is full. This is where overfill clothing gets stored. But can you make out what’s underneath?
My favorite way of getting rid of fabric, the pagne chair! A huge rectangle with the ends folded over to slip a rod through. I actually made this a while ago when I had friends come over and they needed a place to sit but never got around to writing about it until now. What better time to bring up this chair than when I’ve got an outfit to match it?
Here’s a matchy photo of my me made outfit with the me made chair. Please ignore the terrible angle and what not… I live in a small room and don’t have the place or the space to properly set my camera down.