Variations on a Theme

by Stefani on 28-May-2008

When I was in college, I rode the city bus to classes.

There was this one seat that I liked, right behind the middle door of the bus.

I don’t know why that particular seat was so appealing to me. I never gave it much thought, but I can tell you that if someone else’s fanny was in my seat when I boarded the bus, it could wreck my whole morning.

I’m a creature of habit.

I find a thing I like, and I go with it.

If I like a particular author, I read every one of her books.

I like a certain dessert, and I make it my mission to try 300 variations on the same theme.

The Cleaner

Who Needs A Fork?

If I like a certain artist, or crafter, I pine for all their pieces.

I order the same favorite dish in restaurants. Sometimes I think maybe I’ll mix it up a bit, try something new, but then the waiter comes, and I blurt out, “Hacked Chicken Salad!” (an unfortunate name, if ever there was one), just like I have the past 10 times we’ve visited Mirabelle.

I can’t help it. I like what I know, and I know what I like.

This isn’t anything new for me either. My mom says that when I was 2, I ate pretty much nothing but Cheerios for months on end.

So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I found a shirt that I liked, and I went with it. I’ve made SIX and there are two more on the way. In my defense, a few of them are for my mom.

Variations on a Theme

It also shouldn’t surprise anyone that my little apples haven’t fallen too far from their tree.

Every morning I hear the same thing from my littlest. He wants Jelly toast, milky, and a PEEP show (also an unfortunate name). We don’t have TV, so he watches it online. There’s only ONE episode a day, but he’s perfectly happy to push play on the same episode as many times as it takes for Mama to snap out of her morning fog and move him on to something else.

They have their fashion habits too.

They want Bandana Pants, and they want them in every possible fabric choice. I think our house now boasts about 15 pairs. Five for each little set of legs. That ought to get us through the summer, right?

Bandana Pants

So, I’ve decided that I really ought to be setting a better example – exhibiting a more adventurous spirit, really pushing the envelope and getting outside my comfort zone.

So, wait for it….

I made a NEW pattern. Welcome to Simplicity 2931!

New Shirt

This pattern even included really scary words like, “interfacing” and “gathering”. I’m really pleased with it though.

So pleased, that I might make another one.

Or two.

Or three 🙂

emily May 28, 2008 at 8:44 am

you are seriously too cute. (loved that outtake, by the way.) and i do the very same thing. my uncle once asked me…”how will you find new things to love?” it was a good point. but i don’t much care.

erin May 28, 2008 at 9:02 am

oh, stefani, that shirt is cute! well, all of them are cute, but i really like the new one. i, too, order the same things at restaurants. it can’t be helped!

kris May 28, 2008 at 9:13 am

Me too! Same meal, same restuarant, same styles.. (sewing machine a bit to scary for me to try, I keep breaking it.. sigh).
So good to know I’m not alone!
Love the shirts.. and the bandana pants *maybe I could handle that!
~Kris

kris May 28, 2008 at 9:14 am

Me too! Same meal, same restuarant, same styles.. (sewing machine a bit to scary for me to try, I keep breaking it.. sigh).
So good to know I’m not alone!
Love the shirts.. and the bandana pants *maybe I could handle that!
~Kris

Lisa Clarke May 28, 2008 at 9:17 am

You lost me at interfacing and gathering, LOL!

I love all of the shirts you’ve done so far, especially the blue one and the orange one in the back. Was that one made from a sheet? I can almost guarantee I had a sheet with that exact same pattern in blue/green/purple on my bed for most of my childhood. I should see if my mother still has it…

molly Bridle May 28, 2008 at 9:34 am

Really great new shirt!

Annie May 28, 2008 at 9:45 am

wonderful, new things to add to my “to do” list! I bought the wendy pattern last weekend when it was on sale for a buck, now I wish I knew about this new simplicity pattern you shared when they were on sale! I love that it has a bunch of variations in the same pattern.

Oh, and I think DS will love those bandanna pants too 🙂

Amy May 28, 2008 at 9:48 am

Oooh it looks cute.

Sarah Jackson May 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

You know I’m a big fan of the 3835, but I’m all over that new one. I could totally modify it to fit my growing self, and look almost as cute as you!

Julie@Letter9 May 28, 2008 at 11:06 am

I’m the same way and it’s so reassuring to know I’m not the only one. I am definitely running out for that pattern tomorrow, too, because I LOVE IT. I’m also going to make a go at adapting the first pattern you reference above (with the elastic — don’t have the number nearby) by turning the dress with the tie-sleeves and turning it into a shirt. I think it will be GREAT. YAY!

Melanie May 28, 2008 at 11:22 am

The shirts and pants are so cute! I love the pair with the owls.

I do something once and I don’t ever want to do it again. I don’t even like knitting the second sock because it’s exactly the same as the first one. I can’t imagine always ordering the same thing in restaurants! LOL

Stephanie May 28, 2008 at 11:24 am

Great shirts! I was just wearing a much loved, store bought shirt yesterday that looks much like the 2931. Now I know how I can make more!

Stephanie May 28, 2008 at 11:25 am

Great shirts! I was just wearing a much loved, store bought shirt yesterday that looks much like the 2931. Now I know how I can make more!

Jennifer May 28, 2008 at 11:29 am

Me too! I have loved Mirabelle’s sister Castle Hill for years and I have never ordered anything but Sesame Ginger dressing and Lucinda’s Basil Cheese Torta. Love the shirts and I want to try a pair of the shorts for my son.

Brooke Fuller May 28, 2008 at 11:43 am

Can I just say, you crack me up! I love all the shirts. That is so something I would do. Actually, I am so intrigued by 2931, I might have to actually make one myself! Although I am the worst reader of pattern direction on the planet so it could be interesting..

Brooke Fuller May 28, 2008 at 11:43 am

Can I just say, you crack me up! I love all the shirts. That is so something I would do. Actually, I am so intrigued by 2931, I might have to actually make one myself! Although I am the worst reader of pattern direction on the planet so it could be interesting..

Meg May 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Those shirts are darling cute! I think that I should make myself make one (or more). I think that they would hide my flubby tummy. 🙂

Relyn May 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Oh, me too! Every book by every author I love, the same pants is every available color, the same meal at a particular restaurant. That’s not boring – that’s knowing your own style. Well, that’s what I tell myself when I am feeling rut-bound. Cute tops! Happy Wednesday.

Molly May 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm

you are definately not the last blogger to make S-3835. I even have some fabric picked out. love those bandana shorts too. but interfacing … uh, not just yet for me.

Lera May 28, 2008 at 3:10 pm

I am a creature of habit, too.

All of your 3835’s are lovely. As is your newest shirt.

Casey May 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Too cute, the new shirt! I’ll look for a whole bunch more from you soon.

I made my first pair of bandana pants yesterday by following your tutorial. Those blinding tie-dye pants Hurricanehead was wearing today with the smileys all over them? Yep. Bandanas.

cloth.paper.string May 28, 2008 at 7:46 pm

oh yes, if it’s good, why do it just once, really? i love that new shirt! it just might have to become my summer habit.

Steph May 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I’m the same. My seat was the second from the front on the right. And that Peep show is too cute!

YayaOrchid May 29, 2008 at 3:17 am

I’m the same about a lot of things, just not ALL things. I consider myself a creature of habit.

I am really loving those bandana pants. Wonder if the pattern can be made for a young man? I’m thinking my little one would find them comfortable to wear around the apt.

Mandy May 29, 2008 at 7:15 am

Oh why oh why oh why can’t I sew??? I would love to make those shirts and those short? Man are they adorable. I need a sewing machine! And a teacher!

Mama Urchin May 29, 2008 at 8:56 am

Hee hee. Peep is in our morning routine too.

Ericka B Traven May 29, 2008 at 11:05 am

I just finished two skirts with the same pattern and might sew a few more. I know the type of lady you are, because so am I. If my wardrobe could be the same six pieces (pants, shorts, skirts, sweater, long sleeved, and tank) in fabric variations I would be one happy girl.

Jade May 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for that tutorial again. I’ve been thinking about making some for Keegan, since he’s as big as a 4 year old!

Eva May 30, 2008 at 4:32 am

Would you please make me some shirts? 🙂 What a great bandana short tutorial. Those owl shorts are especially cute!! I think I’ll try it for my boy. I may have to be adventurous and (try to) make a shirt for myself too.

kate May 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

late to comment – but joining in on the “me too” wagon. I am so like this.

and those shirts – I want one too. Can I make one with a deeper neckline, or anything that might go better with my uber milk jugs? your self-portraits are super sweet.

dianeinjapan June 8, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Another great shirt, Stefani! Love the fabric…

KnitPastis October 6, 2008 at 6:50 pm

You are so cute! I love your nature. This just happened to me too. I bought a pattern, then it wasn’t until I got home that it reads “interfacing”, huh? Needless to say, I have left the bag sitting by the sewing machine full of new fabric and it’s unopenned pattern.

*So refreshing to come across such a sweet blog.

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