Song Bird Top

Where to begin…

I was traveling last Wednesday through Sunday, and I feel all out of sorts.  I came home in desperate need of sleep, to do laundry and grocery shop.  I’ve been able to catch up on all three matters the last two days, so finally tonight, I can think about writing a post and what sewing project will be next.  Before my trip, I did complete a little sewing project, and during the trip I was able to get a couple pictures of the top in action.

After making a Sorbetto tank top for my mom, I was envious and needed one of my own.  I found some darling quilting cotton (eek!) that had such lovely spring colors, I was smitten and bought it.  As much as I love the print, it is still quilting cotton, and it has the stiff heavy feel of such cotton.  I knew this when I bought it, and indeed it is not the most comfortable top I’ve made, but I think I’ve already worn it 4 or 5 times in less than 2 weeks.


I complicated this very simple project by adding sleeves.  I started with Mena’s sleeve pattern from the Sew Weekly, but I didn’t like the shape, so I began to fiddle with it.  I changed the shape of the bottom edge of the sleeve, and added a slit opening, intending to close the opening with a button.  It felt too loose, so I ended up adding a band around the bottom and gently gathering the sleeve.  By the third sleeve version, I was satisfied enough to finish the other sleeve in the same manner.

Other changes to the original pattern include raising the back neck line, lowering the front neck line and omitting the center pleat.  I like to wear this top with blue jeans, and the wide range of colors in the print lends itself to matching with bright accessories: blue, green, red, yellow, pink–it’s all there, which means lots of choice in earrings, shoes, lipstick, etc.  Overall, it’s a successful top that is quickly becoming a regular in my lineup.

I was very excited to visit with a fellow sewing blogger over the weekend, Miss Crayola Creepy!  Miss CC took me to the Seven Sister’s Quilt Show in San Luis Obispo, and I may have the quilting bug now.  Check out the blue and white quilt on her post here.  I could totally see that quilt on my bed :)

While I search for the perfect navy blue fabrics, I’ll be cutting out Butterick B5152.  And I HAVE to make a muslin this time, because the final garment will be out of a special fabric, for a dress to wear to some friends’ wedding at the end of the month.  I have just over 20 days to complete the dress, so we’ll see how I do.  It wouldn’t be the first time I didn’t finish a dress on time and had to wear plan B instead.

Have you ever had to resign yourself to wearing a plan B type dress, or do you marathon sew to finish in time?

Easter in Corning: Olive City

Friday was my mother’s birthday, and I had just a few hours to make her something on Saturday before driving to my grandpa’s ranch for Easter, where I would also get to see my parents.   I pulled out the Sorbetto pattern for the second weekend in a row and made her a tank top in a floral print.  My mom loves the sun and is always wearing tank tops when the weather permits.

I omitted the center pleat and added a faux button placket instead.  Despite careful measuring and marking, the placket is ever so slightly tilting to the left.  I don’t seem to have any talent for right angles and perpendicular lines.  Even levels get the best of me.  Perfection eludes me, and it’s a relief to no longer chase it.  So the crooked button placket stayed.

My mother was kind enough to wear her new top for the day so I could photograph it. Here she is with me and my niece:


My family all congregated in Northern California for Easter this year, and we had such a wonderful time!  I hadn’t been to my grandpa’s ranch in several years, and I didn’t realize how much I had missed it (and my grandpa and grandma).  The smells (dairies and farms) and sights were all quite nostalgic for me.   I spent a good part of the day snapping photos—every time I turned around there was something else I wanted to photograph.  Here are a few shots from the day:


Take Two

Argh!  I just typed a lengthy (by my standards) post, and instead of saving it, I was prompted to login when I clicked save.  Needless to say, my long post was not saved.  And I’m a little tired and frustrated.

So here is the new “Take Two,” which ironically, first referred to a second top (a Sorbetto rendition) made from fabric previously used for a blouse (the Pussy Bow Blouse from Pattern Runway).  But now it is appropriately, my second take on this post.  I’m afraid the second take isn’t as good as the first… I just don’t have anything left to give tonight.

But here are some photos my sister was so kind to take for me today–she has a lovely backyard.



Here’s to hoping this one saves and publishes!  Surely I’m not the only one to have blogging woes… :)

Well now I’m having photo problems, it’s definitely past my bedtime.  Or maybe it was all the wine I had with dinner–sister made dinner and we watched “My Week with Marilyn.”  It’s truly been a lovely evening.  Well, good night then.