I have been having so much fun in the evenings recently. A few weeks ago I opened my box of clothes I had stashed away while pregnant, and with the exception of very few pieces, I was kind of horrified by how worn out my wardrobe was. So! I decided that 2018 will be the year I make myself a new set of everyday clothes. In the past three weeks I’ve made two tank tops from leftover fabric in my stash (using this very lovely pattern), one long-sleeved t-shirt (using this pattern again), a skirt re-cut from a chambray skirt I never much liked, and the above-pictured Tova blouse.
I had seen this pattern for years on other sewing blogs and always liked the results, but until recently I’ve been hesitant about all the printing and taping of PDF patterns. As it turns out, I rather like the cutting and taping, and I definitely like this pattern.
For this version I used a really nice double gauze cotton from Birch Organics. It is less rumply than other double gauze I’ve used before and actually feels a little hefty. The pattern sewed up over the course of several evenings, although I had trouble getting the inset placket to have nice square corners and I ended up ripping it out and doing it over again. I love topstitching and making things looks just so, and so I had a lot of fun with this. It’s hard to see the details in the photos, but it’s really a nice blouse and I’m happy with the results. It’s a bit tight through the shoulders, but it won’t be in a month or so provided I avoid weekly dessert-baking sessions with Alice.
Just for funsies- a little glimpse of some other recent projects and a sneak-peek at an upcoming Easter-basket surprise for Miss Alice:
Peter usually has his longest daytime snooze in the after-lunch hours, so Alice has her quiet time upstairs and then comes down and has “project time” with me. Sometimes I manage to sew during project time, when she is thoroughly engaged in her project:
Other times she sits on my lap and we stitch up a little something together, like this 5-minute purse that she styled with the antique petticoat she calls her “pitty pincess dress” and giant hairbow:
Either way, project time is a good time. Project time then shifts to baby play time, which is a very merry time indeed, thanks to Peter and his sweet and cheerful disposition.
There’s a whole lot of cuteness around here these days!