I’m super excited to share with you a make that makes me really happy to look at. It makes me happy because not only is it such an amazing print, but the husbeast chose it himself and he looks really awesome in it ??
And… IT HAS DINOSAURS.
This dino shirt just happens to correspond with my outing to the Royal Albert Hall to see Jurassic Park In Concert. (Not sure what that is? Basically they play the film on the screen, without the score, and a real-life orchestra plays the music). Jurassic Park has got to be one of John Williams’ finer moments… the score is *so* amazing, and for me the main theme is up there with his other classics like Home Alone, Harry Potter, and ET. I get all emosh whenever I hear it, which I guess is the sign of a good piece of music. Well done Mr Williams, well done.
Recently they erected a 25 ft ‘Jurassic Jeff’ by Tower Bridge in London – inspired by his shirtless scene in the movie. I mixed up my lunchtime run route to swing by that way and go see it, because it’s not everyday that you get to see ol’ Jeffers in such large-scale. As I dodged all the tourists along Tower Bridge – and tried not to get a selfie stick jabbed in my eye (a genuine danger) – to get to the area where he was, I began to think I had got the wrong place. But I know the area well, and I knew where it was they’d put him… now I don’t run in my glasses, and don’t bother putting in contacts for short runs, but I’m pretty sure I should have been seeing a 25ft statue by this point – even with my eyesight. I’m not *that* blind. But Jeff was nowhere to be seen. I googled it when I got back to my desk at work, only to find that THEY HAD TAKEN HIM DOWN THE DAY BEFORE. I was gutted ?
But anyway… back to this super cool shirt I made ?
I know a lot of sewists get pretty excited when THINGS HAVE POCKETS but I’m loving the fact that THIS HAS DINOSAURS. Dinosaurs over pockets any day, FO SHO. (The shirt doesn’t have pockets, in case you’re interested, but then I’ve never understood the obsession with Things Having Pockets anyway. I mean, you’re just gonna fill ’em and give yourself weird lumps and bumps, so I’d rather use a bag ??♀️)
So no pockets here, but did I mention that IT HAS DINOSAURS? I’m not sure that I did ??
It’s my usual go-to shirt pattern of Vogue 8759 but this time, I’ve strayed from my usual Liberty lawn and have instead gone for an Art Gallery poplin. I mean, usually I wouldn’t abandon my trusty Liberty unless it was for a VERY good reason, but I’d been eyeing up this dino print for a while on the Minerva website. As at the last time I was eyeballing it though, it was only available in canvas, and I didn’t really want it in canvas, because I didn’t particularly have a desire to make something with such a heavy weight fabric. Thennnn I spotted that there was a whole new range of Art Gallery poplins available, and the dinosaur print was one! Whooooop! ??
If you’re not familiar with the difference between lawn and poplin, lawn is a smoother, lightweight cotton fabric – but not sheer (or at least, it shouldn’t be). Poplin is a slightly crisper, slightly heavier fabric. It’s got a bit more body to it than lawn, but not *too* much that it’s stiff – you can still make a nice shirt or dress with it.
As this was a summer shirt, I made the short sleeve view. Now it’s getting chillier, I’ll be moving on to making long sleeves but I have some work to do first on finding the right pattern as the sleeve construction on this one leaves raw edges. Which I am not cool with.
Pattern matching was a bit of a challenge – the print is VERY large-scale and I actually cut out one half of the front and then realised that the bit of pattern I wanted for the other half was – on the only two other occasions it featured on my almost-two-metres of fabric – either too close to the selvedge, or too close to the top. Bugger. I’m clearly not used to working with such gigantic patterns, because I didn’t even think to check before cutting. Lesson learned. I only have one front piece traced – which I flip over in order to get the other side – but tracing a second front piece seems to be a good shout because then I could position them both on the fabric *before* cutting, to make sure I can match the patterns. (note to self – DO THIS)
I had to recut that front piece in a different place on the fabric, because I couldn’t bear not to pattern match. Once you start pattern matching, you develop an eagle eye for it – even if you don’t want to. We were watching Lost In Translation last weekend (anyone else love that film? The husband just doesn’t ‘get it’ ??) and there’s a talk show host that has a really cool, really loud stripy suit on. But when he turned his back to the camera, all I could see was the offset-by-like-a-couple centimetres pattern matching. It’s like, either get it spot on, or go completely out there and don’t even try matching – don’t make it look like you tried but failed ??♀️
I’m loving the hot pink binding on the hem and sleeves – which I thought the husband would never go for but I’m so happy that he did. I also considered pink buttons and pink topstitching but thought that might be a bit much… so instead I settled for sewing the buttons on with pink thread.
I wasn’t able to pattern match the back – because I’d have needed at least another metre of fabric to be able to do that – but the busy-ish print kind of hides the panelling so it doesn’t look too bad. One area I struggle with on shirts (STILL – even after making like a zillion) is getting the collar central on the collar stand, and also getting it to meet exactly in the middle above the top button. I feel like I’m winning it more of the time than I used to, so I must be getting better, but it feels like a bit of a roulette… like sometimes, despite me trying REALLY REALLY HARD to get it right, it all just goes to pot. You win some, you lose some I guess ??♀️
I’m actually really pleased with the quality of the print, and the fabric – I’ll definitely use Art Gallery poplin again, and I think I might even try some voile in the summer. There’s some really cool prints available – I like this one for the husband, I’d make him a shirt (probably a long-sleeved one, as it’s a wintery design) and have the print coming up from the hem and the bottom of the sleeves:
And I like this one for me, although I’m not sure if it’s too white:
And then of course the logical thing to do would be to move onto their jersey fabrics, and make ALL THE KIELOS…
(I keep eyeballing that floral knit fabric, but can’t make up my mind whether or not it’s my style. I feel like I really love the colours, and the bold print, and hope that it would give me a sort-of boho vibe… but I feel there’s equal chance that it will look absolutely horrific on me)
I feel like the husband’s really working the ‘model’ vibes in these pictures… and I actually have hair envy a little bit. Not sure whether it’s the Regent’s Park surroundings, or the fact that the sun was shining and we had the afternoon off work, or if it was the breeze blowing through his hair, but there’s a little somethin’-somethin’ going on with these photos!
This was my September Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make, so you can head over to my post on their blog here to see more of the Handsome Husbeast and also get links to all the supplies used ✂️
In other news – for anyone that was following my hip injury, I’m pleased to report that normal service has *almost* resumed. The conclusion is that it was a hip flexor strain, and believe me it took its sweet time to heal. I couldn’t run for five weeks. FIVE WEEKS, man. And it wasn’t even triggered by a trip, or a fall, or a wrong twist – it was just plain old overuse. Which basically means I was too much of a keen bean and although my brain was saying YAS my body was saying:
So race day – the Greenway Half Marathon in New York City – is in T-minus two weeks. I’m gonna have to blag those 13 miles with a combo of jog-walk-jog-run-walk-die, because I don’t want to trigger another injury (espesh as I have another half marathon in March, in London) but I absolutely 100% need to come home with that race medal and t-shirt. My ass has GOT to get over that finish line, even if I have to limp. Which I have done, before. Those finisher medals are like crack – once you get a hit, you need to get more. (And yes, I totally decide whether I want to enter a race on the basis of the coolness of the medal).
I managed to run about a mile and a half last weekend, without pain (yay!) but it was a bit achey for a couple of days after that. So instead of running during the week, I took a ‘grit cardio’ class at the gym which is every bit as horrific as it sounds. EVERYTHING hurts now. By the time you read this, I hopefully will have gone another couple of miles, with less achey-ness afterwards… fingers crossed.
Another reason (sewing-related!) for not wanting to miss race day is that I’ve sewn myself (and the husband) a super cool kit bag – which I’ll be photographing on the NYC trip ready to share on the blog with all you lovely people when I get back! His features zombies, and mine features latex-clad busty ladies with guns.
So now Autumn has officially begun here in the UK, are you guys in full winter-sewing mode? I totally am! Over the next couple of weeks I’m gonna be sitting down and planning out my winter sewing… I’ve even started thinking about my Make Nine for 2019 (despite the fact that I haven’t actually made all nine from this year yet ?).
And in case you weren’t aware… Christmas is less than three months away now people. Ohhhh yes. ??
Coming up next week on the Wanderstitch blog… I cut into that gorrrrgeous Gucci panther head silk to make a Grainline Scout tee ✂️ Subscribe below to make sure you don’t miss out!??