May 7, 2012 § 2 Comments
It’s Monday, May 7, and my sister turns 40 today! We had a great surprise party for her last night with lots of friends and family. I’d been working on the party for most of the last two weeks, so being totally wiped out this morning, I unloaded the dishwasher, picked up only a few of the hundreds of things that were out of place in the house, looked at piles of laundry, and decided it all could wait one more day.
Instead of getting things tidy, I sat down with my favorite five-year old for a couple of hours, she with her practice (copying a drawing of a country church) and me with mine (the Daisy Chain Sampler). We talked and listened to music and it couldn’t have been nicer.
I was feeling pretty contemplative after the weekend, looking at old photos from my sister’s life (and mine) and being surrounded and loved by family and friends, so, matching the mood, Patty Griffin was heavy on our playlist:
And as far as I can tell
Most everything means nothing
Except some things
That mean everything
from “Railroad Wings” on Children Running Through
April 3, 2012 § 4 Comments
I made this top recently out of some old drapery fabric that I found in a give-away box at my in-laws’ church. I remember grabbing it out of that box and debating: do I love this or hate it? Is it so retro, it’s modern, or just dowdy? I absolutely responded to the colors, though, so I decided to go for it. I thought Lisette pattern 2245 was a good fit since it’s a little vintage and a little mod at the same time. I really like this pattern, but there is a major issue with the neck bands and facings in the original pattern. The pieces just don’t fit the shirt when you go to attach it. So, I improvised and made a bias band around the top. I think I like the neck a little more open than the original pattern looks anyway, so this worked out well.
I decided to enter this shirt in the Made by Rae Spring Top Sewalong to motivate me to finish it (being part of a group, having a deadline, possibly winning fabric!). You can see the Flickr group here. Maybe you want to make a shirt for spring to enter, too!