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.
Sewing is enjoyable for me, although it still feels much more "uphill," for me. I'm rather particular about how my clothes fit me, so it only makes sense that I would be more intentional about planning how they fit, rather than flying by the seat of my pants. I had never made a muslin, but I'm realizing that this is a great time investment, especially as I make more considered fabric purchases for clothing.
I'm slowly chipping away at the list of things I want to knit or sew in 2018, and in the process, I'm gradually overcoming my apprehension about garment making. My first sewing project of the year is a Reversible Metamorphic dress. I love this dress. It's comfortable on its own, and I know it's easily adaptable to a year-round piece with creative layering with long-sleeve tee underneath, or leggings, or a cardigan on top, etc. Plus, I'm pretty excited about how it looks with my Arctic Cardigan, even though it's not pictured here. I don't aspire to have an entirely me-made wardrobe by a long shot, but it is a wonderful feeling to begin to assemble an entire outfit from pieces I've made.
I know I talked a lot about "slow making" in my previous post, and then I went and made 3 garments in 3 days, and you may wonder at the seemingly contrary nature of it all.