Joann's has this cute line of knit fabric called 'Doodles'. Apparently, you love it or hate it. Apparently, it washes up fine or it shrinks indefinitely... I made the mistake of posting some recent acquisitions on a sewing group on Facebook and got comments that looked like Yelp! reviews. Feast or famine. And that's how the fight started...
But I did get stern warnings, so I decided to pre-wash my fabric and hope for the best, since I'd already bought a slew of it. I pre-washed my fabric warm and dried on delicate (extra low), like 95% of my laundry is done. No problems!
Next up - t-shirt dress time.
There's a popular online women's clothing company that launched a t-shirt dress with a high-low hem. They are so comfy and just what I need on rough flare days!! But the seasonal ones are a mad dash to get in your size and in a print you love. When I saw these fabrics, I knew that I could probably sew one (or all of them) up in the time it would take to hunt one down. And then I saw the fabric was on sale. Done deal.
I found a cute, easy, FREE pattern online from Love Notions - the Laundry Day Tee. The name being such that it's quicker to sew up one of these tees than to wash a load of laundry. I used the dress length with the high-low hem option, and 2/3 had short sleeves, while the 3rd had elbow length sleeves. They all came out great & I loved making them!
|Short sleeves - and warm enough to wear them the weekend before Halloween! Ok, Ohio...|
I have one more to make in the spiderweb pattern for my friend Clementine, but she'll wear spiders and webs year-round, so I'm not as rushed on that one.
|I had 2 random strangers compliment me on this dress when I wore it ON Halloween. I was totally surprised!|