Monday, August 12, 2013

It Has Been Awhile

I haven't written a new post in some time.  We have been very busy here.  We went to Yellowstone Park for vacation this year and it was amazing!  I had never been and it was such a beautiful and unique experience.

And, what is not to like about a place where this guy lives?

I then enjoyed a cross country trip with my sister-in-law.  She was moving from Arizona to Wisconsin.  I flew down to help her drive to her new home. We went through New Mexico, the panhandle of Texas, through Oklahoma and Missouri on our way to Milwaukee.  Whew!  What a drive!  But is was both interesting and fun to watch the scenery pass by and slowly change going from one state to another.

Well, back home and back to sewing.  I have been contemplating early fall.  I know that in a lot of places in the country, this would be premature in the middle of August.  For some folks, this is the time when summer really heats up.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, August is a reminder that the beautiful weather does not last forever.  We are having an extremely beautiful summer with clear sunny days with a light breeze and high temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s.  When summer arrives in the Seattle area, it is astoundingly lovely.

But, the reality is that we enjoy such loveliness for only about 2 to 3 months of the year.  But the end of September, we will be looking at a slow cooling down and shorter days.  I was thinking of that part of the season and made a few tops to wear as the weather cools but is still not cold.

First up, New Look 6807, an easy 2 hour top.  I love the softness and 3/4 length sleeves.  I made it out of a geometric print ITY knit.  I made the size 10 for the upper shoulder area and neckline.  I widened out to the 14 to accommodate my bust and then tapered back down to a 10 for the hip.  This is a pretty common way for me to cut a simple tee shirt pattern to get the best fit.  Additionally, I take 1 inch out of the bodice length above the waistline to better fit my short torso.  I also shortened the top by 1.5 inches.  Really, I am only 5 feet tall, so length adjustments are usually the most important for me.

 I think the gathers in the center front are pretty and feminine.
 I chose to leave the elastic out of the sleeves to have them bell shaped and drapey rather than puffed.
 And, I especially liked the center back tie closure.  How cute!
I used my sergerr to sew all the seams.  I stabilized the shoulder seams with clear elastic that I sewed over as I sewed the seams.  I used my cover stitch machine to finish the hem.  This was a super easy make just as the pattern says it is.

Looking forward to wearing this as the temperatures cool here in the Northwest.

I will be back soon with another late summer, early fall make that is almost finished.