The Curiosity Shirt
Hello All, long time no contact from me – In a nutshell Winter brought on a complete absence of sewing mojo and then we had to move. All of my sewing stuff was boxed and bagged up in anticipation of the move once we had found a new place. We did find a new place after a few weeks but had to wait a while before moving in and once we moved in I found that my new sewing area was smaller and quite lacking in the shelf department. As you can see, my new sewing room was little more than a storage room for all of this time. It took another three weeks before we could get a decent set of shelves and now, the mojo is starting to come back a little.
The daft thing is that because I haven’t been contributing any sewing efforts, I haven’t felt that I could contribute comments but I have still been checking out the Sew Weekly website daily and have enjoyed all that I have seen – I love the different ways that everyone approaches the themes.
All of that aside, the Curiosity shirt came about because I found a great album cover and to also celebrate the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars.
⁃ Fabric: Stretchy cotton from Spotlight
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 2255
⁃ Year: 2010
⁃ Notions: thread and 7 button from my stash
⁃ Time to complete: 5 or 6 hours (I sew slowly
⁃ First worn: for the photos
⁃ Wear again? yes, when it’s warmer (still only about 8deg Celsius today)
⁃ Total price: about $20 (not entirely sure what I paid for the fabric)
The theme of MUSIC had me having a quick look through my record collection and I found (actually from My Man Andrew’s collection) the album “Mars Needs Guitars” by the Hoodoo Gurus, a very popular Aussie band from the 80s and the beautiful colours and the drawings of the band all wearing buttoned shirts gave me the idea of doing my own buttoned shirt.
I think that my time off from sewing was probably a good thing as I made a much better job of this shirt than I have previously done. The button bands are the best I’ve ever done and I picked up the better habit of following the instructions and ironing down the folds when they suggest you do so. I will however make sure I do a line of stay stitching around the neckline whether you are reminded to do it or not as it stretched and I had to gather it a little and there are many puckers at the back of the neck.
I did find that while it is meant to be a loose overshirt, it is really a little too loose. I cut a size 20 and did a FBA and find that it really a bit too flappy – I have a peg at the back of my shirt to draw it in a little :-D I think that I will see if darts at the front help and I will increase the darts at the back. I might also try cutting a smaller size next time and see if that makes a difference.
This posting is late but I am hoping it’s better late than never. I did actually listen to the Hoodoo Gurus while sewing this but I went with ‘Electric Soup’ instead.