Despite my best intentions, I've been hesitant to actually sew something for myself. It isn't the sewing, rather the step before that scares me a fair bit: to cut up all that adult-sized yardage from beautiful fabrics always seems so momentous. If the garment turns out not to fit properly, in fact, then it's a whole lot of wasted fabric. On the other hand, pretty fabrics that just sit neatly folded away in a closet are wasted fabric, too - as I keep telling myself.
That cutting moment came the other day, when I finally took out some cotton jersey, and decided to make something with it. Indecision arose almost immediately: wouldn't cotton jersey be more suitable for pajamas rather than for the top I had in mind? Or wouldn't pajamas be a waste of pretty fabric? I asked the kids for advice, but they told me that the fabric was hideous, and best left in the closet.
Hideous?! Well, I thought, what do kids know about fabrics anyway? Green flowers on green backdrop are more of a sophisticated, adult taste. So I asked Tom.
There was something in the way he replied "pajamas" - a little too quickly, without even blinking - that indicated that perhaps it wasn't that he thought that jersey would be better for pajamas, but that he'd rather "see" me wearing a green flowered garment when it's dark.
I didn't enquire, but I made pajamas. And now I'm asking you: is this print really that ugly?
Pattern Notes: Simplicity #3696 with a few adjustments: I made the legs a little skinnier (still too wide, even for pajamas), instead of hemming I did a little scallopped stitiching at the ends, and I didn't finish the neckline with bias tape - I tried to dilute the green-flower-effect by using this valencienne lace that my grandmother used to use in sewing projects for her church.