Me made May – and this year…well, I’ve made things!
In the late fall 2019 I started dabbling in sewing apparel. The Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade was one of those patterns I’d bought years ago, with aspirations, but was never brave enough to pull the trigger and just cut into it. Curves were spooky; clothing is less fixable for me – where-as quilt math is my jam.
Sizing Cut: Large
Alterations: Used cuffs on 3/4 sleeve
My Measurements: 39½” bust, 31″ waist, 39½” hip
I spent time learning how to use the Brothers 1034DX Serger on some 2019 projects. Over the winter I picked up some fabric from JoAnns to make a muslin (or toile) to test the fit of the Lane. I planned to use a ribbed knit for the neckband and hem band and synthetic blends the yellow flowers on black and coordinating yellow solid.
In March, I cut a straight large with the 3/4 sleeve. When I went to hem the sleeves, I struggled so much with my twin needle that I cut a cuff to finish them instead. That meant I could make the Lane 100% with my serger!
In hindsight, I should have cut the sleeves shorter to compensate for the cuff length. I would prefer this sleeve length hit me just above the elbow. I could fix it on this top, but it’s wearable as is. Just something to keep in mind next time; it’ll be easier to make that adjustment on the pattern before I cut it out.
I love wearing yellow, it’s so fun and bright. One of my favorite RTW dresses to wear in the summer when I worked in Boston, was bright yellow. It fit me great, was perfect for the office and it had pockets! I dug through my Facebook to find a picture of it actually!
One day, I was walking down South Street in Boston wearing that dress and a guy sitting in his work van rolled down his window and cat-called at me, shouting “YELLOW IS MY FAVORITE COLOR.”
I’ll concede that sometimes, cat-calling is harassing, but not this time; I turned, looked at him, smiled and we both laughed. Every time I put that dress on after that I would think of that and it made me feel more confident, pretty and capable in it. 💛