It has been awhile, hasn't it? I have been working on my shirtmaking skills, as well as the usual mix of dog walking, horse training, reading, and fiddling with the house. Oh, and various problems coming my way as I also am active on my HOA Board. Life is good.
So, shirtmaking. There is something so satisfying about working with a fine woven and building a shirt to your exact specifications. I have used 2 patterns recently, both from Sewing Workshop. They are the Siena and Cortona.
The first is the Siena shirt. I made it using some scraps in my stash, knowing at some level that the style was Just Not Right for me. After a lot of analysis, I think it has to do with the vertical seams which form part of the sleeve. These same quasi-princess seams are also on the Quincy jacket and I had the same problem with them. The lines hit too far toward my shoulder, throwing the balance of the shirt off. I could alter every piece, but why? There are too many other patterns to try.
Onto the Cortona shirt. This is a more traditional shirt, but with some wonderful features. The collar and band are cut as one, the cuffs are narrow and perfectly flattering, the slight peplum is a feminine touch, and the darts are really pretty.
I was so taken with Martha's Cortona that I copied her and used a B/W print as did she. BTW, her blog Now Sewing is always a feast for the eyes. Here is Martha's Cortona-
Onto more B/W graphic prints. I got a new phone recently, an LG V10 and it is great. But my cell phone case for riding is too small for this oversized phone. So, I used some wonderful home dec fabric which my friend Janet gave me. (Janet is a highly creative fiber artist and her website is gorgeous! janetwindsor.com )
The graphic fabric is perfect for handbags and accessories (thanks so much Janet!). My case has fusible batting, D rings for attaching to a strap or to the saddle, and 2 pockets. The pockets are for my ID, and another for Carmex. I'm pretty chuffed about this little case, and plan to make a few more as I now know adding velcro has to be done when everything is flat :-)
Griff is settling in and is a wonderful companion when he isn't gnawing on my hands, feet or nose. He also is learning that his nickname is NO since he hears it so often. He is a lizard killer extraordinaire, which make me incredibly sad and pissed off when he gets one. It is too late at that point-I have missed my chance to control the situation. He is on a leash in the backyard most of the time now, to even the playing field. We love him, and are happy to have an affectionate, tolerant dog sharing our space.
Finally, here we are with the "kids" at Wendy and Albert's wedding. Wendy is in red and in the center, with Albert to the right directly above me. Katie is Albert's sister and is sitting next to me with her husband. These young adults are our hope for the future-all hard working, very smart, very caring, very successful in their lives. I couldn't be more pleased to count myself as part of these families.