It’s Wednesday! which means an update on making and reading … and joining in with Kat and friends.
I spent a good part of yesterday on that not-quite-finished Demeter Top, a muslin for the multiple Demeter dresses I plan to add to my wardrobe. The pattern is really oversized, and I wanted my dresses to fit – at least as well as an over-the-head dress can fit. I’ve been stalking the #demeterdress tag on Instagram for weeks and even exchanged DMs with a few sewists who appear to be about my size. I also measured the finished busts on a few of my favorite tops. I trusted the finished bust measurements and ended up cutting a size smaller than my Instagram research suggested. When I finally got to the try-on last night, Marc told me he thought it looked great. I wasn’t sure – I thought it might be a little tight?! Overnight, I decided it was tight … and I’d sew another muslin in the next-up size.
This morning, I went to JoAnns and found a nice linen/rayon blend in a lovely blue/purple 50% off … I bought enough to make the whole dress. While the fabric was in the washer/dryer, I laid out the pattern to trace that next-up size. and thought maybe I should measure the bodice to be sure I really liked where the skirt would start. I snapped that photo above and then tried on the top … just to see about that bodice length.
You know, even with a camisole, the bodice feels fine. I think Marc was right. The size is good!
I did decide to lower the start of the skirt an inch below where my finger hits in the front-facing photo.
So much for unraveling! The new fabric is on the cutting board and I should be sewing tomorrow.
While I had the unfinished top on, I thought I might as well model my unfinished sweater, too. This is Felix.The needles at the bottom show where the body will end (I still have to work the tubular bindoff). The needles on the sleeve show where the sleeve ribbing will start … the sleeves will be pretty much “full length”.
My goal is to have a dress and this cardigan ready for Thanksgiving. Assuming no “real” unraveling, I think I’m on track!
On the reading front, I finished a few books over the weekend and have since been catching up on podcasts. This morning, I listened to Emily P. Freeman’s The Next Right Thing (yesterday’s episode) and cried through the last 5 minutes. She talked about lessons from Mr. Rogers and it was powerful (especially in contrast to the news I’d already read this morning). If her podcast isn’t your thing, she mentions Tom Junod’s Atlantic article (here). His first article about Mr. Rogers was published in Esquire in 1998 and it’s the basis for the upcoming movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The Atlantic article is long … and if I hadn’t already shed tears about all the things this morning, I’m sure it would’ve made me cry, too. Highly recommend!
I hope all your making is surprising you in only GOOD ways … and your reading has made you cry GOOD tears!
Please be sure to check out Kat’s to see what others are up to!