Things have been quiet around the blog because life is happening in a big way.
First, this occurred..
Then I moved here…
The move was immediately followed by a brief hospital stay for my fiance. (Luckily, he’s fine now.)
Then, my soon-to-be sister-in-law broke her ankle. I stayed with her for a few days post-surgery.
Now, that everyone is on the mend, I am trying to plan our wedding. It is not going well…
If eloping wouldn’t cause massive family drama, I would do it in a heart-beat.
In the midst of all of this, I am supposed to be writing my dissertation. Ummm… yeah…
Sewing and knitting are the only activities keeping me sort-of sane.
Right before I moved, I finished my first vintage pattern!
I went with view 3 and omitted the pocket.
The pattern was straight-forward and I loved the little check boxes on the direction sheets. Although the pattern claimed to be a teaching pattern, it assumes the sewer has some basic garment construction skills. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who’s never sewn before.
I used a cotton poplin I purchased recently on sale at Joann’s. I like the crispness of the cotton and the summery pattern, but I wish I had tried to match up the diamonds at the zipper. If I make it again, I’ll attempt back pattern matching and I’ll probably lower the neck by a few inches. It’s a little bit too high to be really comfortable. I also took in the side seams by an inch or so and raised the bust darts (I usually have to make this alteration). Maybe a size smaller would have been a better place to start?
I’ve worn it a few times, but it’s getting too cold in DC for such a summery top. It was in the 50s today! Gah! How is this Florida girl going to survive?!
While my fiance was in the recouping in the hospital, I knit a sweater. I’ll post photos later when it’s light out. I’m not thrilled with the result, but it’ll work. Obviously, I’m going to need it and many more. I need to get the knitting needles clicking!
My current sewing project is on hold while I wait for the knit interfacing I ordered to arrive. I’m working on my first fall wardrobe item, a knit sweater:
It’s another Big 4 pattern that I picked up for a $1 at Joann’s. I’m working on view E. My version will not have contrast trim or pockets. I want something simple and need some more cardigans for fall weather. Seasonal sewing… a new concept for me!