rennes

11.17.2010

tova top & a sweater or two



I took a break yesterday and part of today to work on my first Tova shirt. I was at the fabric store picking up some felt for lining reinforcement (more on that later!) and half had my eye on the look out for any fabric I thought might be good to sew a shirt with. (And plus it's hard not to get distracted when you're at the fabric store. Usually I'm on a "strictly work related shopping trip" or else I end up buying more fabric than I need). Just as I was about to leave I found this soft red and grey plaid. I also picked up a similar fabric in a green and navy color. Both fabrics are slightly seersucker, a weave I usually associate with summer weight fabrics, but I think in this case it makes it cozy and just right for winter. (Note to self: iron seersucker fabrics really really / extra well before cutting them out...whoops.)

I wasn't sure whether to make the small or extra small, so I went with the small and the size seems just right. I never know what size I am these days, and I swear to god I think I'm growing too. Is that possible you can grow in you mid-twenties? My weight has stayed pretty constant but things that fit me in the shoulders last year are a little snug now, and even some of my shoes are a little tight! This specifically came to my attention when I (5'2") was standing next to my Mom (5'8") a month ago and realized I could almost look her in the eye! WTF? We then promptly measured my height and low and behold I was 5'4"! Anyways, this isn't supposed to be about me growing, it's supposed to be about sewing this top, which was very fun!



And, on another crafty note, I bought this grey mock turtleneck sweater at the goodwill last week. My hopes was to make my own humanoid sweater by cutting off the neck and cutting it like a cardigan down the center. The sweater was already slightly shrunken and had a felted look to it (kind of like the humanoid sweaters) so I turned it inside out and exposed the hemline and there you go! Yay for saving $170 dollars. And the funny thing about it all is literally one hour after I completed this little project, my long lusted after for reals striped sweater popped up on laws of general economy. I saw right away that Joyce had posted it and I emailed her...and she awesomely suggested we do a trade! Right on! Now I have one real one, and one fake one, and I still managed to not spend a penny. I swear I'm almost done being sweater crazy for the season...

4 comments:

joyce said...

omg both the shirt and the sweater look amazing. i'd love to see a pic of you in the striped humanoid, too!

and viva the mutually beneficial trade. it helped me get some crucial christmas gifting out of the way.

simple things said...

The shirt looks great. I am so into red right now but it looks quite awful on me.

I also have the same problem of keeping focused when visiting the fabric store - that is why I have a huge pile of beautiful fabrics waiting for the right pattern.

I have never heard of growing up in your 20s but my body shape has definitely changed in my 20s (but my weight hasn't changed). Hmmm....the mysteries of the human body.

Laura said...

you did such an amazing job w/ that tova top. ahhh to be able to sew!!

EvaForeva said...

I love the shirt and the sweater! What a great idea to transform the old larger size sweater into a new felted cardigan!