I have been camping...unplugged, horseless, and no sewing machine. How did our ancestors cope?
We spent a week in the White Mountains, north of Tucson and camped at Hoyer Campground in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It was wonderful to get out of the heat, and to enjoy the forest through hiking and photography. I was really interested in checking out the area as I am trailering big Nick up there in August for a weekend trip organized by my boarding barn. Elevation is 8500-9000ft in the area where we camped...and hiking proved that as I wheezed going uphill.
|traveling down toward the bottom of the Salt River canyon|
|near Big Lake|
|a lucky sighting of elk|
|little Nick and I explored Bunch resevoir area|
I brought a few tee shirts made a week before we left-I used a Marcy Tilton pattern-V 9057 and mixed A and C for a loose, sleeveless tank. After wearing the tunics/tees camping, I knew they needed adjustments. The sizing seemed too large in my shoulders, so I altered to bring it in a bit. The length was far too long using A and I removed 1.5" in the second round of alterations. I'll need to add an FBA in the next tee IF I use a stable knit.
The outfit belowis the tee (hate to sew cotton interlock) in its highly altered state. It is acceptable for a 1st version and I will use the pattern again, but add sleeves. As an aside, here are some pictures of my samples for the hem. Did I mention I hate sewing with this fabric?
The tunic had a serged hem, but I cut all of that off. I used stitch witchery to stabilize the hem and then ZZ'ed. It's okay for a Saturday/barn shirt.
The skirt is from a Sandra Betzina pattern V 2911 OOP - a great bias skirt pattern. I love my new bias skirt in turquoise, blue and brown.
New sewers may think a tee shirt is an easy make...but I can prove that wrong. This tee has been altered twice, and is still in need of work. I didn't even discuss the neckline and armhole binding methods, which need to be chosen dependant upon the fabric and the style of the garment. I rarely follow the pattern instructions there. We sometimes forget how many skills we have picked up along the way as we merrily cut, sew, slice and re-sew. Sewing is a skill worthy of pride.