Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Swingy Leaf Shirt (That I Now Like)

Some how in my quest to sew most of my World Race wardrobe I sewed a few to many things. Once I  was all done sewing and started packing (less than 12 hours before leaving home. I need to get better at time management!) I realized that all the shirts I'd sewn just wouldn't fit in my packing cube. Something would have to be left behind.

So, I unpacked all my shirts, considered which ones I'd wear the most, and then packed just those shirts. A couple really cute shirts didn't make the cut. Like this one:

I made this fun, swingy, top using Kwik Sew 4157 and some cotton/lycra jersey I'd picked up over a year earlier for a project that never happened.

Once I finished sewing the shirt I tried it on then worried that maybe it was a little too swingy. I felt like it was baggy and made me look shapeless. Thus, when I needed to pick shirts to leave home this one got booted out of my pack pretty quick.

Fast forward 7 months and my mom was coming to Romania to see me. I'd begun to grow a little tired of the clothes I packed at the beginning of the year. So, I decided to have my mom bring me some "new" clothes - such as this shirt.

The first time I wore the shirt after my mom brought it to me I wondered what I'd been thinking in January. The shirt wasn't baggy at all! Rather I found it to be just the right amount of "swingy"

Yes, just in case you were wondering, this shirt "twirls" well
Now this is one of my favorite shirts! It gets worn a couple times a week!

I already plan on making a couple more from this pattern when I go home!

But before I start compiling too much of a project list, I still have 6 more weeks to go on World Race. To keep up with what I'm up to during this last month and a half check out my World Race blog!

I'm looking forward to being back home with my family (and my sewing machine!), but right now I'm really excited to see what God has in store for me these last 6 weeks! He's taught me so much over the past 10 months, and I know He's gonna continue to do more in my life - both on the Race, and after it!
All the fabulous photos courtesy of my teammate, Kelsay Singleton 


  1. Wow only 6 weeks left.... where has the year gone!!

    1. Tell me about it! It's crazy to think I'll be back home next month!

  2. I really like this shirt. What pattern did you use? Is it stretch knit fabric? If you have time to write a construction post, I'd love to read it.

    1. Thanks! It's Kwik Sew K4157. For this shirt I did use a stretch knit, but the pattern says light weight wovens also work, so I plan on trying that out once my Christmas sewing is done. The next shirt I make out of this pattern I'll try to write a construction post on.