Hi Friends, its been a while. My world has spun around, done a wild aerial circus trick, and surprisingly landed upright. It has taken me a bit to get my feet under me ( and I am still a bit wobbly) but the sun continues to shine on my little family.
Since I was here last, my divorce finalized, I worked a summer job for an airline ( and travelled like a boss) and returned to teaching. I am currently teaching at my girls' school as the art/music teacher and it is dreamy.
Caught up?.... good. Now let's get to the meat of this post.
A loooong while back, the sewing geniuses at FrancesSuzanne asked me if I would join them in a September Showcase. They collected a few great patterns from independent designers and asked some amazing seamstresses to sew them up. All through September they will showcase many great patterns to add to your stash.
Scout was really excited to be the recipient of my first project since my 9 month sewing hiatus. (Despite her expression in the picture...) She informed me that she is, "classy and classic, so make it classy but not boring." She chose the fabrics, collar and sleeve options, and asked for a little ruffle down the front. The fabric is a treasure I bought at a yard sale a few years ago from a fabric hoarder. True story. Her house was filled from floor to ceiling with yardage of fabrics and trim. I guess it is a good thing I keep moving houses, or I'd be on her hoarding path. The gold trim is also a score from my late Grandma's stash.
The pattern is well constructed and easy to follow. I only had minor trouble with the collar and I could use a few collaring tips. Shannon does a nice job of launching personalization ideas with colorblocking on this top as well.
You may notice two little pins holding this baby in place. The shirt was a quick sew (which is great because I only had a couple of hours.) I'll insert button holes this afternoon and hope to not muck the whole thing up! I still need to hem it up, and add a little detailing to the sleeve cuffs.
It seems this project may have jumpstarted my creativity. I really hope so. It's a junky place to be too busy and too tired to do what feeds your soul. (I'm still too busy and too tired, but I am working at finding a balance). I've already cut a denim skirt with gold trim to work on later this week.
I'll be back later this afternoon with more pictures and promo codes to help you get your sewing groove on too!