The “Undefeated” Ensemble
Fabric | Some kind of slubby jersey blend, Old Navy cropped pants that have been, mercifully, shortened. I’m not too proud to admit that they never really looked that great on me.
Patterns | Pattern no.12 from the Japanese pattern book, Drape Drape
Year | Current.
Notions | Thread, only.
Time to complete | About an hour. The shorts were super easy, I hemmed them by hand. The top was fast because I didn’t hem or bind anything. I serged it together and finished the neck and armholes on the serger, too.
First worn | Out and about with my family. We visited my granny (her bday is today, Independence Day), went to the park to play (and take pics) and then back home.
Wear again? | Yes, but I may shorten the top. I don’t like that is-she-wearing-a-REALLY-short-dress-or-a-long-top look. I also cut it with the stretch running vertically (that was the only way the pattern fit), so it grew as the day went on.
Total price | Let’s call it free. The white was a scrap and the pants were saved from the trash pile and bought years and years and years ago.
Friends, I must say, there were parts of June that really sucked. The month managed to end with a splat, rather than a bang, as my daughter’s graduation party sucked the soul, energy and cheerfulness right out of me. I now know, officially and without a doubt, that I hate planning events. Though, I can qualify that statement by saying that I hate having the assistance of certain family members while planning an event. Let’s leave it at that.
After I cleaned the mess I’d let accumulate while I sulked over party planning and expense, I rallied my spirits and set my alarm to wake up early(ish) to sew. Only to discover that my machine was BROKEN!!! It must have happened while my sister was trying to make a skirt last week. I hadn’t touched it since then. I’m sure if there was ever a group of people who could understand how I felt when I made this discovery, it’s you all.
I managed to reach epic levels of sadness and disappointment so rapidly that I, literally, felt sick to my stomach. Sewing, crafting, creating is my relaxation. My guaranteed feeling of accomplishment when nothing else in my life is certain. Though I felt pathetic to be so upset about my inability to sew for a while, I was genuinely crushed. I wasted the entire day grouching from bed and watching bad TV. Thankfully, I have incredibly understanding children that possess the skill to entertain one another. And wait semi-patiently for dinner.
Late last night, I found the determination to hand sew the hem on the shorts and think of a project and fabric match that could be made entirely on my serger. Drape Drape no.13 and the only red, white or blue jersey in my stash combined to make it possible to have a project for this week. And to feel like I won the battle I’ve fought with myself my entire life, not to give up so easily.
I left the whole experience feeling undefeated!!