I have a full wardrobe of clothes
Well, except for this new top.
To be honest, it’s not quite finished as the sleeves need to be hemmed. I’m going to do a rolled hem on them in a light pink. However, I’m waiting until tomorrow to do them as my eyes are tired and switching my serger to a rolled hem setting is a pain.
I had to sew on the neckline three times. You can read about my efforts the first time I sewed on the neckline in this post. I unstitched the whole neckline, tried again, and got the same results. I determined that the neckband was just too short. So I cut out another strip of fabric for a slightly longer neckline and sewed it on for the third time. I’m quite happy with it now. It lies nicely along the back of the neck (always an issue for me) and I like the slightly wider neckline than the pattern calls for.
Here’s a closer view of the finished neckline.
This pattern (Simplicity 4076) is certainly a tried-and-true (TNT) pattern for me. I have two more on the table waiting to be sewn tomorrow. I’ll do another one just like this, but in a black and pink Asian-inspired knit with a light pink neckline (not sure about the sleeves yet, as I haven’t cut them out yet), and then a blue crushed velour twist top version with cap sleeves (already cut out).
Today was also a great day for another reason: My friend Gaylen came over to visit and see my sewing room. I hope she had as good a time as I did. We talked fabric, family, pets, and just whatever. With everything that’s gone on in my life this last year, it’s been refreshing just to have a friend over, hang out, and drink hot chocolate on a rainy, dreary afternoon. It’s fun to collude with her on how to alter a pattern, or how to morph two patterns into just the right dress for a chosen jacket. It was also fun to show her my UFOs and some of my “test” garments (also called things I made that didn’t quite work out right but that I don’t want to throw away.)
So, for now, I’m calling it an evening and I’m looking forward to a full day of sewing tomorrow.