One of my recurring obsessions is Gingham. No idea why, but I love it. On the weekend I braved the Pit of DESPAIR!!!! otherwise known as Spotlight, and bought 4 metres of it. I am thinking maybe a skirt like this:
From Gertie’s blog for better sewing with which I am currently obsessed
I did find some gingham silk in DKs (the above skirt is made of taffeta) and almost had a heart attack on the floor, but it was $42 a metre (I did check the ticket twice because that didn’t seem right) which I couldn’t really justify. But maybe, someday.
I love the way it looks like paint strokes
But 4 metres will do me a shirt, too. I would LOVE a gingham shirt, but I don’t want to look too much like I’m heading down to milk the cows. Just enough like that. So I did a quick search and these two look nice:
From Fred Perry
I especially like the top one, I like the subtleness of both the peter pan collar and the black/red gingham.
And then I saw this photo on the craftzine blog.
It’s from the The Sewing Bible, which I might have to get my grubby hands on. I’d like to flip through it first to get a feel for the projects (the picture in question involves the skirt and not, I suspect, the shirt) but I’d like something like this for when I’m feeling nervous. I still am a bit manic depressive about clothes sewing – I either feel like I can sew ANYTHING EVER, or like everything is not good enough and it’s all too hard. Obviously the truth is somewhere in between. I like the idea of a book I can work through projects on, a bit like the Vogue New Book of Better Sewing that Gertie is working through, I guess.
Anyway, back to the gingham. If I don’t get around to getting my pattern blocks in order in the next few weeks, I might look into this pattern:
(Click on the pic for a link) That might be too many ruffles, but there is a one-layer ruffle option. Speaking of ruffles, there were some doozies on the McCall’s website. Like this. Or this. Or this:
To which my first reaction was ‘sweet jesus god!!! What IS this??’ and my second reaction was ‘contemporary trendsetting designs? REALLY?’
I’m not sure exactly what they mean by ‘contemporary’ (to what??) or ‘trendsetting’ or even, really, ‘designs’, but apparently that’s a ven diagram that includes minkie jumpsuits
That poor tot doesn’t know what to think!
And pet beds
From the stuff by hilary duff collection. I wish I was making this up.
PS, check out all my gingham!