Way back in December, I shared a hint of an Alabama Chanin camisole. I finished it shortly after but didn’t get a picture of it. I also haven’t quite been able to place it in my wardrobe as it’s such a different shape and style than most of my clothing. The weather turned BEAUTIFUL this weekend, however, and I reached for it! Nathan and I were heading to a barbecue and it seemed just the thing for the first one of the year.
I used a mix of old white shirts, doubling up on layers as Natalie Chanin suggests. It really changes the feel of cotton jersey. Full disclosure: I machine-sewed the pieces together before finishing the seams by hand. I was worried that the shirt wouldn’t fit and I would have hand-sewed the whole thing! I used a longer stitch to try and mimic the lovely texture the seam gets when it’s folded to one side. I used a herringbone stitch over the neck and arm hole bindings.
I accidentally cut two pieces for the front instead of on the fold, so it ended up a little more like one of her corsets. The fit is a lot more feminine than what I’m used to – perhaps another reason I haven’t reached for it. Just look at those flared hips! Another change I made was making a curved hem before I began finishing the seams, as the hips were even more flared as-is. Still, I like the top and will hopefully get more use of it in the spring/summer.
I had big plans to sew up a bunch of Alabama Chanin stuff, but I’m finding that loads of hand-stitching really takes its toll on (what else?) my hands. I will have to hold off on my Chanin wardrobe until I don’t have to type all day.
In other news, I’m celebrating a big birthday this week! Starting sometime last year, I began combing my brain for ways to celebrate my 30th. A couple of months ago, it dawned on me: a blowout wasn’t what I wanted. Even though I’ve enjoyed previous birthdays and our wedding immensely, I don’t feel fully relaxed at large functions where I’m the focal point. So I came up with another plan: give myself the week off from work and do whatever I want! I’ve been referring to it as An Introvert’s Birthday.
My plans include sewing (of course), day trips, yoga, friend time, drawing, reading and a small tea party to celebrate with family. I’m incredibly excited.
How do you like to celebrate birthdays or other big milestones?