I confess. I was in college in the late 60s/early 70s. I demonstrated (everybody demonstrated). I wore LOUD clothes, some with fringe. I had a Granny Coat. I wore bell bottoms and t-shirts. I loved it.
After I finish a project, I get this dull, nasty feeling that I will never start another one. Of course then I would need to be put away because if I’m not making something, I’m cranky. Really cranky.
Today, after a 10-day or so spell out of the sewing room, I started another shirt. This is the fabric:
And also this:
The second fabric is darker in reality than it shows here. It is a bronze/olive/brown metallic-looking lace.
Here’s the pattern by Rebecca Taylor:
I love this shirt pattern. It has great design details including interesting yokes. It lends itself to silk although the fabric I’m using this time is a cotton voile with embroidery. I’m orienting the stripes up and down – since I was smart enough to buy 4 yards of this I have the fabric to do this. Here’s the tech drawing of the yokes:
Excuse the pants – no I will not be making those. How weird they look. Anyway I will be putting the bronze lace over the yokes on the shirt. The fabrics are by the same manufacturer and co-ordinate well together. The lace takes the shirt to real boho hippie cool. I’ll be doing the neck binding in the lace too. I think. I’m pretty sure – don’t know yet.
Today I got out the fabric, patted it to see if we’ll get along (yes) and ironed it. I had previously washed and dried it to get all the shrinkage out. I prepared my pattern and I have most of the shirt cut out. Just little pieces left to go. Sewing will commence this week! I’m so happy to have a project again.
On my other project – the Elizabeth sweater here:
I have one sleeve almost done. The sweater is knit from right cuff to left cuff with cable cast ons and lord knows what else in-between. I read part of the pattern I will need to know how to do in a day or so and almost passed out. As I said, I have difficulty reading knitting patterns. I may have to call out for help if I can’t figure it out. Things like work as established get me seriously confused. However the yarn I chose:
is knitting up to be absolutely stunning! It’s called Magic Mountain or Majestic Mountain – whatever it is the colors are wonderful and I like them a lot.
My birthday came and went January 4. DS tasked me with finding my present and I, of course, chose fabric, needles, thread and stuff to bake. It sounds weird, but I cannot live without baking. I’ve tried to quit cold turkey and I can’t. I’m going to taper off a little at a time – a few cookies here – some homemade bread there – until I feel strong enough to let it go. A life without cookies, bread and pies just doesn’t seem worth living. I’ve been baking since I was 11. That’s 51 years experience – ah the times I’ve had with sugar and flour ……. sigh. I swoon.