I’ve been working so hard to sew outfits for our vacation and I’m tired. Hahaha! If you read last week’s post, you’ll probably remember that I waited until a week before departure to start sewing. For this reason, I didn’t get a chance to sew all the outfits that I wanted to take, but I did get some nice casual dresses done. You won’t believe what I did! Oh gosh, I don’t even want to say it (Hiding face in hands)! I bought a few pairs of shorts, pants, tops and a cardigan to take on the trip. There, I said it! I wanted to make them but I ran out of time. I dreaded walking into that store. It almost felt like I was betraying myself. Hahaha!
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I haven’t shopped for ready-to-wear garments in the longest time, except for underwear, t-shirts, and workout gear. It’s probably been almost two years, and let me tell you something. I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to. Seriously, I must have tried on over 20 pieces, maybe 30, looking for the proper fit. Then, when I found the right fit, I decided t0 grab several of the same items in different colors, just to be done with it. “Well, no ma’am! We don’t have your size in all those other colors. You’ll have to go try on more clothes.” Ooooh, the frustration!!! It’s so much easier to just pull out a pattern, adjust it to fit my body, and sew it in whatever color or print I desire. When I left that store, all of my lower body was hurting. Hahaha! I’ve learned my lesson. Never wait until the last minute. I remember when I used to be able to shop for hours, going from store to store, trying on garments, looking for the best deal. Not anymore! What makes it even worse is that when I saw a cute item, I’d look at the price tag and say, “Awww, heck to the no! I can make that for a fraction of the cost.” Also, it’s impossible to not notice the poorly matched patterns at the seams. It’s not easy shopping for clothes when you can sew your own. I can’t say I won’t ever buy ready-to-wear again, but I definitely won’t do it when I’m pressed for time. In the end, I found what I needed, but the struggle was real.
As you’re reading this post, we’re relaxing in Prague, celebrating my husband’s recent retirement. You know that phrase, “Work hard – Play hard?” Yeah, we’ve been putting in the work, so we’re totally ready for the chill time.
I took photos of this cute romper before we left so that I would have something to share with you. I purchased the pattern for the jumpsuit version but thought I would try the romper to take on the trip. I really like it but the next time I will lengthen the bodice a bit and increase the width on the legs of the shorts. I especially like the fabric choice. It’s a challis and perfect for the drape on the sleeves. It’s also nice and cool for hot weather.
I believe this is a good pattern for beginners who have learned the basics of sewing. If you want to learn to sew, check out my Beginner’s Sewing Course for free step-by-step video tutorials that you can watch at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. We complete six garments while learning the basics of sewing.
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