Sewing hasn't been my go-to for quite some time. I do enjoy it, but in a home where the setup and takedown are a bit extensive and the "sewing table," aka kitchen table, is feet from the baby's room, the quiet of knitting needles usually wins out. That said, at the end of May, I sewed this top over the course of a few days, and then never shared it. I love how it turned out, I just haven't had occasion to wear it due to weather and lack of social events. I don't reach for tops with sleeves nearly as much on hot days, even if they're breezy and lightweight, like this one. It's one of those tops that I didn't know could become a go-to, until I actually wore it.
This morning, my SIL, Katelyn, Cooper, her puppy Sage, and I went to grab coffee to-go, and then stopped by a local park. Cooper loves the playground, and it was such a gorgeous morning to sit outside with a baby on my lap and drink a latte. And since I wore this top, Katelyn took a few photos. I can finally consider it "done," now that I've shared it here.
Size: I sewed a 2 or a 4, but honestly can't remember, since it was months ago. My pattern pieces, traced onto Swedish tracing paper have the size. If i can track those down, I'll update here.
Fabric: a textured linen/cotton blend from JoAnn's. It's been in my stash for a long time, and it was time to use it. It has a lovely hand and drape.
Modifications & notes: I sewed the scoop neck, dip hem version, since I didn't want to mess with neck closures. The neckline is rather open, but I still like the fit. It think I could also layer it with a cami underneath. I also added the sleeve bands for a more tailored sleeve detail. I love how these turned out. They took a bit of math and puzzling to figure out how to finish off the cuffs nicely. I did serge the cuffs to the sleeve, and I did a french seam for the center back (just a nicer finish, and my preference).
Next time: lengthen the bodice somewhat. I sewed this so long ago, I can't remember if I added length, but it is a very cropped silhouette on my long torso. Any shorter and it wouldn't be tuck-able.
PS — wore makeup for the first time in a week today. Little victories.
And also, here are some photos of Cooper hugging Sage. And of Katelyn and Sage being especially photogenic.
As July comes to a close, I wanted to check in and share some recent projects I've been working on, as well as a few that I've completed. I also wanted to share some creative-focused podcasts I've been enjoying, and some musings about crafting in community and future plans for knitting, sewing, and a brand new, very-beginner skill for me: crochet!
I've been fairly prolific (by my own standards) lately in terms of sewing and knitting and I figured it was time to share some of them! With spring and summery weather, I always feel a shift in terms of my creativity. I still want to knit with wool, but I see myself drawn a bit more towards color or lighter tones and printed fabric. I'll share below what I've been up to!
Spring is here! And with it, I find myself wanting to start all kinds of new projects, but I've been holding onto some self control and trying to wrap up my current projects, somewhat successfully. Since my last check-in, I've finished a few knitting and sewing projects, made progress on some current projects, and made plans for upcoming projects.