Thursday, November 5, 2009



From concept to finished piece, I'm happy to report that I finally finished my blue heron, silk screened blouse. I screen printed the design a long time ago, but I was a little nervous about sewing the pieces together. I'm a novice at sewing and this is the first garment that I've ever sewn, so every time the thread got tangled on my machine, or I was confused about how to attach the sleeves, I put it aside and did what I do best: I procrastinated! ;)

Now that it's done and I can focus on other projects, I feel silly for all that worry. When we were creative as children did we fret about a finger painting not turning out exactly right? Okay, maybe some of us did, but it was silly and counter-productive then and it's the same now. So often, it seems, our creative endeavors are stunted by our "mind-forged manacles."

So my blouse is finished and it turned out pretty close to what I originally envisioned. I widened the bottom part a bit because I was imagining a trapeze bottom over leggings, and I made cap sleeves instead of using elastic. Of course, I can see all the little flaws, but I really learned a lot and look forward to future projects. Yay!


  1. Congtats, bb! The blouse looks great. Watching the evolution of your idea has been impressive and inspiring. Please keep up the good work! ♥♥♥

  2. Aw thanks, bb. I was inspired by your wonderful photography. I'll never forget seeing that heron next to the road.

  3. I was inspired by your wonderful photography

    Well, thank you, bb! That heron was pretty cool- just hanging out by the side of the road, checking out the passing cars. And then we saw another one in the Arboretum a few weeks later. I got even better pictures of that one.

  4. I love it. Cap sleeves are so much more flattering. The design is so simple and refreshing. Yes - I can imagine it with leggings. There is something so graceful and still about herons.