I have a hand-made top to share with your today.
I’m sure many of you get sick of the “I made this” blog post that I do all the time. I know I do . . . But honestly, besides showing you pictures of my kids or the laundry that I did today, there isn’t anything else interesting going on around here. I’m not much of a writer either, so I share pictures instead. I also like to share the techniques that I am exploring and having fun with, in hopes that someone else will want to give them a try. This is one of those techniques –
A while back I posted the first shirt that I made using these techniques. (You can read about it here). If you had asked me a few years back if I would be sewing clothes again, I would have said no – much less hand stitching them. I don’t know why hand stitching has become so appealing to me, but I sure am having fun with it. It is so relaxing and therapeutic. Maybe it is having a 1 and 3-year-old that makes me crave something quiet and relaxing? Ya think?
This shirt was completed so fast that I was sorry to see it finished – Like a really good book that abruptly comes to an end before you are ready for it.
And once again can I sing the praises of the raglan sleeve? I LOVE not having to set in a sleeve. So. Much. Easier.
The techniques used to make this top are fairy easy. The couching was a little more challenging than the rest, but overall, it is much easier to do than it looks. I did have a little trouble with puckering around the beads, so next time I will try not to pull my thread so tight. The main point that I want to get across is how easy it is to do this kind of work. I think it looks so intricate, that most people think it will be hard. This book outlines how to do everything. If you are a quilter, you will find that you already know how to do many of these techniques.
As I was working on this top, I was thinking about how people used to make all their own clothing. A hundred years ago, I would guess that most people knew how to sew clothing. Now it has become such a lost art and people grow up without sewing machines in their homes. Clothing items like this are now only accessible to certain people because of the price (click here for an example). What everyone used to do for necessity has now switched to being accessible for a few. What an odd turn of events. But, for about $15 and some beautifullt spent slow stitching time, I can have that time in history back. I was listening to Alabama Chanin talk about this on a podcast and it was part of the reason that she decided to write books and literally give away her secrets as a designer. She wanted this joy to be accessible to more people. What a wonderful thing to share.