I’ve had this chambray shirt for a couple of years (maybe even 3?) and recently realized that it’s not really in my shirt rotation anymore. I’ve been meaning to sell it at Buffalo Exchange, but then I just happened to see a woman in the elevator with two navy stripes sewn on her chambray shirt sleeve and I thought, BINGO.
I’ve made quite a few wool coats and jackets in my day. (See some examples here, here, here and a men’s one here.) I love working with wool, and I love making anything that has a vintage vibe like this jacket below. I actually made the pattern myself, then graded it to go from XS-XL and then sold them all on Etsy. It was a lot of fun to try something like that out, but it was a lot of work. SO much work. I think the only way to do it , if I were to attempt something like this again, is to design it and then have someone else make and grade the pattern. I’d sew up the sample size to make sure it all goes together correctly.
I love the idea of pattern making – that you can use paper as the basis to create a garment that fits you perfectly. What I hate is the actual pattern making itself. Hate. It. I’m decent with numbers and have a high attention to detail, so I’m actually pretty good at pattern making. But for some reason it kills my soul a little bit every time I do it. Sort of like how I love and appreciate a well-organized Excel spreadsheet, but don’t like actually creating it. In school pattern making was fine because I was learning so much and it seemed like such an exciting skill to know, which of course it is, but then when I tried to use my knowledge to make and sell things after school I got burned out real fast.