A Laura Original

Working at a sewing & vacuum specialty shop makes me privy to many a free “sample” shall we say. We usually find ourselves to be the “dumping ground” for unwanted fabric, scraps, sewing machines, vacuums, parts… you name it, people wanna dump it on us. Some of it’s useful… some of it’s not.

Fabric, for example, is always useful to us.

We get “donations” by the bag fulls…

I can always use fabric for sewing machine demonstrations out on the floor.

But what’s the harm is taking a wee bit of fabric for myself? ๐Ÿ™‚

of ALL that, these are the two I liked… go figure.

I wound up just using the teal fabric. I wasn’t motivated to do a color block situation. There was at least a million yards of this so I cut it into a more manageable remnant.


Recognize the salmon shirt? That’s a no sew from way back. I wore it out to the point of it falling apart at the seams. So… I cut it up as a “pattern” for my teal shirt. ย The salmon shirt did fit me fantastically, minus, you know, the whole maternity thing… so that was my logic in using it for my new teal shirt.

I cut the front & back pieces out from the teal (and did the same thing with the sleeves)

Then I assembled it on this Janome Serger


I made a few tweeks…

Like a new high/low hem…

And I cut the sleeves a bit shorter…

Notches will help give it stretch on my arm.

I used our new Rachel sewing machine from Baby Lock to finish the arm and neck hole hems.


And, to my surprise… I wound up with an okay shirt in a fabulous color ๐Ÿ™‚


The high/low is my favorite part

And so the girl who hates patterns… kind of sewed with a pattern… kind of.

That’s thread on the right of the picture. My camera was propped on the serger ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s a cool shot.

So that’s all I got…

Muffin and I are really just not in a happy place right now… Life has hit us hard. I almost gave up on this shirt half-way through because, frankly, I just don’t care right now. I’m sure that feeling will go away but right now…well… it just sucks.

But, I do like my free shirt.


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