Posting this, I’m as nervous as a Bake Off contestant approaching the Gingham Altar after a particularly gruelling technical challenge.
What will everyone think? Will it be good enough for The Handshake. You know, The Hollywood Handshake. Sure, I start every make hoping to be worthy of such an accolade. However, as things progress, you reach hurdles of a practical and philosophical nature.
Do I have enough fabric for some pocket improv?
Is gingham really me?
Gah! There’s a choice to be made between good bum fit and good pattern matching.
Instead of The Handshake, my sights are lowered to a “It looks a little informal but I bet that it tastes lovely” from Mary.
There is yet more self-doubt. Have I made the best of that interesting hem feature and the double sided nature of the fabric?
Finally, I begin to doubt the entire escapade. Checked trousers? What was I thinking! All these will be worthy of is a quip from Mel or Sue about how I’m wearing a Goth’s tablecloth. At least it’ll make my fellow makers smile. Oh, and I like them! The trousers that is. I also like my fellow makers. In the weird Bake Off/Sewing Bee hybrid that is currently inhabiting my imagination, I’m not that sort of contestant.
In conclusion. Thank you for organising a Ginghamalong Karen. I enjoyed the challenge and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made – be they technical, signature or showstopper!