A Common Thread Project: Introduction
To introduce this project, I’ll quote the email I sent about a month ago to the ladies I invited to participate:
I’m writing to you all because you (1) are all women who I’ve been reading since I started documenting my sewing at The Sew Weekly and I’ve been inspired tremendously by your blogs (2) You’ve left a comment on my blog, joined my newsletter or corresponded with me via email (so I know you know The Sew Weekly).
You probably know that I’m constantly getting these awesome deals on thrifted and vintage items. I’m lucky to spend a $1 and get 400 yards of lace. Or, maybe I’m not that lucky, I’m just obsessed with the hunt. Who knows? :)
Anyway, I had an idea last night while putting some new items of my stash away: I’d love to create a project where my favorite seamstresses and/or members of my community all sew something unique with materials from the absolutely same source. For example, for the project I’m asking you to be a part of, I have some beautifully dainty ivory lace. I will send each of you a card of 5 yards of that lace and you’d make something with it.
I just love the idea that we’d all have garments that were all joined with this element. It’s kind of like organ donation* (in the sense of one source, different recipients) meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling pants. But not really at all. :) I’d love for you guys to be part of the first project!
*but of course, not at all as important as organ donation.
I was quite excited when each of the gals I invited agreed to participate! So after I received their postal addresses, I sent them a little card with the 5 yards of lace.
That was a month ago. This week, the project officially starts with this introduction and the first application of the lace — my own creation. Then, for the next seven weeks, we’ll see a different project from each of the participants.
Want a peek at the next seven weeks? Here’s our schedule:
- March 9: Introduction & my creation
- March 16: Lauren from Wearing History
- March 23: Sarai from Colette Patterns
- March 30: Casey from Elegant Musings
- April 6: Sunni from The Cupcake Goddess
- April 13: Tasia from Sewaholic
- April 20: Charlotte from Tuppence Ha’penny
- April 27: Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing
And now, to get things started, here’s what I did with the lace:
The “Let’s Turn It into Pajamas” Pajamas
Fabric: Lightweight cotton, thrifted – $0.25
Pattern: McCall’s 6141 (free from pattern swap)
Year: c. 1978
Notions: The Lace! Elastic ($0.25)
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: $.50
I had every intention to make this into a top to wear in public. However, when it was complete, it couldn’t be anything other than a pajama top. Maybe if I was in a hazy field with a side ponytail, it would look all romantic country. But on me in non-hazy light, it looks like a pajama top. So, without any regret, it became a pajama top and I made a pair of matching shorts to go with it.
Now, if the fabric was a bit more substantial and darker, it could probably be an outside-in-public top. The fabric I chose (and I don’t know why I didn’t see this when I was choosing fabric) screams “wear me in bed!” The only thing that makes me a bit hesitant to wear the top in bed is the waist tie. I, of course, picture it becoming untied and strangling me as I sleep. That probably isn’t going to happen, but just in case, I’ll double-tie the thing.
The lace worked great with it. My favorite part is the lace detail on the straps.
As far as construction, it was beyond super easy. I’m not sure if I’ll be making this up again anytime soon but at least this creation forces me to put my XXL conference shirts away for a night or two.