Last week I had a spectacular flying dream—one of the only flying dreams I can ever remember having. Boy oh boy was I the best flying middle-aged woman you’ve ever seen, I mean Super Man had nothing on me, I was dodging-and-weaving it through the clouds like a gravity defying running back. You can’t imagine the let-down I experienced those first few moments of cognition when I realized that my fantastic flight was very unfortunately not real. Bummer.
So when I turned my mind this week to the letter W for the BRILLIANT Katy Dill’s inspiring alphabet sewing series Sew All 26, I stayed true to my wizzing-through-the-air-tendencies, and gave my Twinkie some Wings. Now granted, in a shoot-out between flying powers these wings are rather less impressive than the super hero way I’m accustomed to. But! If you’re in the mood for a bit of flitting and fluttering, this bell-sleeved swing tee with wings is just your ticket.
A bit about how it came to pass. I started with Figgy’s Banyan tee, because it’s always a wise place to start. I deepened the armscye because I was planning on using this lightweight woven for the sleeve, and knew I would likely need a bit more room for the lack of stretch. I adjusted the sleeve to fit, and slashed and spread it to make a bell sleeve. I then straightened out those curved side seams, and cut the bottom to fall straight across.
The butterfly wings I sketched and then exacto-d into a stencil using my rapidly disappearing stash of stencil film, and then after a quick spritz of spray adhesive, my little second-hand man Tito did most of painting (it’s fool-proof, he was so proud!).
So W is for Wings. Wings to flit and flutter and fly through the air at the speed of light. I’ll suspend the laws of science just for you, don’t mention it.