This morning Dan made coffee that was strong enough to have me getting out the Japanese sewing book, tracing paper, a Sharpie and a pair of scissors. This is saying something, actually. I'm using a pattern from the book as a jumping off point for making myself a smock of sorts. I have an idea in my head, but am somewhat doubtful of my ability to translate said vision into real-life article of clothing. I had to cut short my experimental sewing this afternoon to take my Monarch butterfly knocking on doors for junk food, so I didn't get much beyond cutting my tracing paper pieces.
I've got some forest green Echino to use for this project and it is some of the nicest stuff around. The texture and drape are amazing for something that you want to have both a bit of shape and a bit of swing. A smock can be a little stiff and that's a good thing, if you ask me. Unfortunately, really nice fabric always makes me feel like I should go to the trouble to sew a muslin first, especially when I'm working without a proper pattern. This feeling creates big time inner conflict between my more sensible self and the part of me that wants instant gratification and to just get to sewing the real thing already. Argh! You will be updated, of course.