I've got years of sewing experience, but hardly any motivation. All the inspiration from these books resparked my motivation. It's so exciting to find a new and attractive way to utilise my skills. Plus, the author uses old t-shirts as her fabric source, something I"ve been doing for years. I love old t-shirts for fabric.
My first project was a tea-towel, using reverse applique.
My second project also used reverse applique. It's an over-the-arm pin cushion, and seemed like a really valuable thing to have around to keep my stitching tools centralised.
This weekend, I tried making a corset tank as described in the first book. Again, I started with a t-shirt as my fabric source.
The seams are hand-stitched, deliberately sewn to be visible. I'm not sure how I like that technique!
After first trying it on, I wasn't entirely happy with it. I made my daughter try it on to see if it fit her any better. It didn't. Though she wears it cuter. :)
Then I tried it with a long black skirt, and that transformed the shirt. Suddenly, I liked it.
Maybe I'll wear it after all.
Next time, I'll remember that I prefer my shirts long waisted.