When she wanted a camouflage print scarf, I balked. I know that camo is supposed to be a big trend this year, but I didn't think that camouflage is an appropriate fashion statement while we are at war in two different countries and on the brink of war with another one.
She insisted that she loved the scarf so we agreed she could purchase it with her own money. On the way home, she made a valid point that camo can be used in other contexts, such as hunting or even in irony. I saw what she meant. I envisioned another one of her purchases (that I didn't approve of at the time), paired with camo.
I went to SAS the next day on the off-chance that they had the appropriate fabric. Score! ~2.5 yards of cotton/lycra camo print for $3.50/pound. I cut out a pair of Kwik Sew 3476 leggings (her 4th pair this year!). I added 2" in length to accommodate her growth spurt at the beginning of summer. I managed to cut out another pair of Kwik Sew 2666 shorts from the large scraps leftover at the sides after cutting out the leggings.
If you are a data geek, the legging pieces weighed 130 grams, the shorts 88 grams, small scraps 66 grams--an overall 86% cutting efficiency. The remaining 1+ yards will be saved for another pair of leggings, either for her or one of her friends.
The Arm the Animals shirt is growing on me. In talking to the
The shirts are made locally; they are sewn in Mexico, designed and screened in LA. The cotton is very soft, not sheer, and the seams are well sewn. After washing it all summer, I decided it was reasonably priced for the quality. I'm still not going to buy her clothes that (even ironically) condone violence. But, I don't feel upset about her buying and wearing it either.
According to my pattern spreadsheet, I've made her 11 pairs of pants and 5 pairs of shorts from KS 2666. I cut out and sewed most of it in 1 hour the first evening. I hemmed and put in the elastic in 30 more minutes the next night. Luckily, the serger was already threaded in black. I plan to sew some black pieces for myself soon, if this monsoonal flow (hot, humid) weather ever lets up.
I like quick, well-engineered patterns for casual day clothes. They give a lot of bang for my sewing time. How about you? Do you think about (time) cost per wear when sewing? Do you track your cutting efficiency? Kathleen says I am an Aspie in denial. I say that I am just data-driven.