Hello all my Faithful Readers! I’m celebrating today. This is the Seventh Blogiversary of Damselfly’s Delights! Yep, I’ve been babbling here since 2005 and managed to type 1,257 posts. Who knew I could keep this up for so long? Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have!
Carrying right along…
T-Man has been retired for a week now, not really long enough for either of us to really settle into the New Normal yet. But so far I’ve lost a few pounds from all the walking we’ve done! Plus he has managed to make a good start on a few of the projects that have been hanging about waiting for his time. And I’m sure – once it stops dumping rain on us every time we step out the door – that the garden will be quite spectacular this summer with all the TLC it’s going to get. No time to be bored, that’s for sure.
In the studio, I’ve been working on patterns for several summer blouses and tops I’d like to make. I’m quite tired of t-shirts. One blouse that intrigued me is this one from BurdaStyle:
I didn’t buy the magazine when it came out because it was full of costumey folk garments. (Oddly enough I have no need for a German dirndl skirt!) But this gem was hiding in there made up in boring white cotton. Explain to me why the most attractive and wearable patterns that BurdaStyle offers are nearly always lurking in strangely modeled photos and made up in inconspicuous fabrics? Like my Banana Skirts, you must use your imagination to see the real possibilities. As soon as I saw oobop’s gingham version, I was smitten. Luckily they made it available as one of their downloadable patterns so I could buy it even though I missed the magazine.
The download included the full pattern for the dress version with two-piece sleeves and in-seam pockets too, which I’m sure confused a few people because they didn’t mention that anywhere, not even in the sewing instructions (such as they are). Took a lot more paper to print out too! Deceptively this looks like a simple slightly-retro blouse pattern but the pleats at the neck and the little back collar bring it into more complex territory. I had a rather difficult time trying to figure out how to adjust it for my own narrow shoulders. I think I have it right but now I’m afraid to cut into the fabric in case it’s not! Guess I need a muslin. Sigh. Seems like such a waste of fabric whether the muslin fits or not. Yes, I’m that
cheap frugal. But I also don’t want to waste the “real thing” if I’ve got it wrong. Decisions. Decisions.
Other tops I’d like to make include one with a ruffled neck from Simple Modern Sewing, another one from BurdaStyle magazine and the Anthropologie Knock-Off top that I’ve been wanting for a couple of years now. I want a whole wardrobe of warm-weather options.
More anon. Time to schlep the plants out to the greenhouse. Again. At least it’s sunny today. Things are looking up!