I had great ambitions this month. Then, work happened. It’s been nuts lately. One week I had three hearings in three different counties. One of those was even my first oral argument in front of the Court of Appeals! It was super stressful (I only found out on Friday I was handling the oral arguments on Wednesday…) but I loved it. It was one of those things that reminds me of exactly what I had envisioned being an attorney could be. Speaking of being an attorney… This month’s Sew the Show selection was Parenthood. Somehow I had missed this show when it was on tv, so I did some research (via Netflix) so I could participate in this month’s challenge. While I will admit that I’m now sucked into the show (I’m on the second season now), I have a bit of a gripe. Why do shows always seem to show female attorneys as failures as moms? The character of Julia bugs me – she’s a successful attorney so she constantly messes up when it comes to her daughter and, in fact, her daughter prefers her dad to her mom? Maybe it only bugs me because I’m just starting this mom/attorney dual role and I’m worried I’ll mess it all up. I don’t know. But, for once, I’d love a show depicting a female attorney who also has kids who adore her. Anyway, on to the sewing! I picked the character of Kristina, the quintessential mom. So it’s only fitting I show shots of myself with the kiddos. She often wears tank tops and cardigans, so I decided to recreate that look. I made my tank top – a Greenwood Tank by Straight Stitch Designs with a cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee’s May Knitfix. And I made my pants – Jalie 2908 Stretch Jeans with a corduroy from Pacific Fabrics. I had intended to whip up a cardigan, too, but that just didn’t happen this month (not that I have a shortage of cardigans in my closet, but it’d be nice to have some I have made myself). Maybe next month! I’ll provide a detailed description of the top and pants soon (including how I intend to modify those pants!), but I wanted to make sure I got this posted in June!
You guys, I love the Golden Girls. Seriously. In fact, the only category for which I was ever of any use to my team in trivia was the Golden Girls (which, surprisingly, came up fairly often in our old trivia spot). I’m useless at pop culture, but I’ve seen just about every episode of the Golden Girls. So, when I found out about Sew the Show AND it happened to be the Golden Girls, I just knew I had to participate. Of course, actually coming up with a Golden Girls inspired outfit proved fairly challenging. I wanted to make something that I might actually wear, but still wanted something that seemed like it fit in with the theme.
After much thought, I finally decided to make a kimono jacket and a tank top to go under it. I was going to make a pair of pants, too, but… babies… work… life… I ran out of time.
The jacket is Simplicity 1318, view b. The pattern is very simple and straight forward. To keep the insides looking nice, I used french seams throughout (french seams on the sleeves were a bit tricky…). The fabric is an Italian printed linen from Mood. I was looking for something that seemed like it would be in Golden Girls but one that didn’t look too “Florida retirement home” style. I found this fabric on moodfabrics.com, ordered it and hoped it would work for the kimono jacket. It’s a little stiff, but I think it works. I made a straight size medium with no alterations and I am really happy with the way it turned out. The pattern has quite a bit of ease, so, if you’re between sizes on this one, definitely size down.
For the tank top, I used a knit I’ve had in my stash for a while (no idea where it came from at this point). I used Simplicity 5379, an out of print pattern I’ve had in my stash since I started sewing clothes. I love the fabric, but I’m not loving the fit of the tank top. Guys, I really need a good basic knit tank top pattern. I’ve tried out a few of them (this one, the Style Arc Diana Top, modified the basic tee pattern from the Sew U Home Stretch book, etc.), but I have yet to find one that I like! It seems like it should not be this hard to find a basic tank top pattern that looks nice. But, I did get to use my new cover stitch machine (to be blogged about later…) which I loved. This makes working with knits so much better. Between that and my serger, this was a very quick make.
This was such a fun challenge – taking a TV show and trying to make an outfit inspired by it, which I might actually wear. I can’t wait to see what next month’s show will be (at it’s new home here).