While I was at home of Christmas, my sister decided that it wasn’t fair that she hadn’t been to model on my blog yet, so we had to take some photos of her Christmas present from last year- one of my favourite patterns, and a real TNT for me, the Grainline Archer.
I have made quite a few of these for myself now (3 of the regular version, and a popover), and still have fabric waiting to become another one. I just love the fit- a bit oversized, but not too much. You can wear it over t-shirts, but still fit it under a jumper.
Rachel is actually pretty similar to me in size. She is may be a little smaller than me, but generally prefers her clothes a little less fitted, so I was pretty sure that making this to the same size that I wear for myself was probably going to fit and be on to a winner. Does anyone else have that dilemma- you want to make something for someone, but want it to be a surprise and don’t know how to get hold of their measurements? This year I think I’m going to have to take some sets of standard measurements for all the people in my life that I would like to surprise with handmade!
I asked Rachel for her view on what it was like to receive something handmade. I think as makers and sewists we are often too hard on ourselves, seeing all the flaws and pointing out all the tiny mistakes. I wanted to know if that was how things were received too. It turns out that we are almost certainly not appreciating ourselves, and the things we make as much as we should.
Rachel said: “I loved receiving my very own personal shirt made lovingly by my sister. I’ve had several people comment on how much they like the shirt, and all astounded that it is homemade and was once not a shirt, but simply a piece of material! (In fact it has started conversations about my sister’s sewing and has lead friends to be avid readers of the blog, always intrigued as to what the next item could be…) I love the detail in the shirt, especially the pattern matching, and the pleat in the back. Also it is a great material, chunky but not too thick, and doesn’t need ironing which is brilliant. (Especially as a student with no ironing board!)”
Perhaps we should just relax, enjoy, and realise that sewists and dressmakers are just pretty awesome!