The solution to rebounding from an epic sewing fail? Make something for a baby.
Or several somethings.
I made up a few popover dresses this weekend, which is a fabulous, quick and easy pattern from Oliver and S. I had fun sorting through my stash of small fabric scraps and leftover trims. I hang on to so many fabric scraps-- pieces that are too small to make anything pour moi but too big to get rid off. The first two dresses are for a friend's baby who turned one this weekend. The sizing on the free pattern wasn't small enough so I shrunk it down ten percent on a copier. It looks right to me.
This one was made for a coworker who is having a shower this week. I shrunk the pattern down again. I used fabric from an old top I'd been saving. I actually never wore the top but couldn't part with it because I loved the print so much. Which got me thinking-- I really, really love this print. But will my coworker? When you make things for other people, do you ever wonder if they will like it as much as you do? I had to ask myself if I was making something because I thought the recipient would like it, or if it was simply because I liked it. I guess that's what happens when you sew for others. You run the risk of making something not quite their style because of your own preferences.
Anyway, in the end I decided it didn't matter. And I'm sure she'll like it. I mean, who doesn't love bobble trim? ;)
Happy sewing, friends.