Y’all must be aware by now how EXTREME I totally am.
Yup. I know. Its fairly obvious. I am 100% certain that at various times reading this blog you have been all “Like, Amanda is totally extreme because she forgets basic sewing concepts and makes up her own dodgy ways and eats some ice cream and that is EXTREME!” Well, gentle readers, today begins something SUPER-EXTREME™ (patent pending) where I get a pattern that worked pretty well last time and mix it up. Crazy, I know. But come with me on this journey of awesome into SUPER-EXTREME™ world…
I call it the Ginger Hack.
Now, in the whole scheme of things this bad boy is pretty tame but for a self-taught sewing lady who believes in following every instruction to the letter (except for the ones I forget until it is too late) this is indeed SUPER-EXTREME™ .
I loved the Colette Ginger pattern but also have developed quite the wee obsession with bands of colour (I think the young people call it colour blocking). So, in my crazy lady thoughts while battling with the Jenny monster skirt I had a glorious plan of a SUPER-EXTREME™ colour blocked Ginger inspired by a sassy ModCloth number.
This plan seemed easy in my head but when I looked closer at Ginger this afternoon I realised she has a jaunty princess seam up the front (see pattern above). Now why this may look sassy in one fabric, with three bands of colour I could only see super busy hot mess ahead. So I got creative. And it has become crazy town down this end.
Firstly, in the infinite wisdom that is my brain on an afternoon sugar high I decided to play around with the pattern a little. I cut two front pieces and sewed them together to create one mega front pattern panel so I could cut on the fold.
Silly times. This makes absolutely no sense and is a fine example of what happens when I’m powered by sugar. I really could have cut one and removed the seam allowance manually. Lesson learnt for next time.
With my new pattern pieces fixed up I had my fabric down and was ready to go. I even had Bimble on board supervising the new pattern pieces.
And then I realised that the new and improved front piece has a curve in the centre and wouldn’t be able to be cut all the way on the fold. Cue some measuring and fiddling and SUPER-EXTREME™ mad skillz and I created a front panel on the fold but have added two darts to take away the excess fabric. Yay me!
Regardless, I have my pieces cut out and am ready to play in a SUPER-EXTREME™ Ginger Hack way!
Now, my SUPER-EXTREME™ readers, have any of you had moments of genius that have in fact ended up being far more complicated in practise? Or am I living a crazy lady sugar high mad scientist life alone here?