I've learned to honor my need for order, having healed from a tumultuous childhood. There are times when the world, and MY world, are so challenging that the best use of my creativity is re-organizing my undies. Recent world events have knocked me down, and I am doing what I need to do to stay focused on my own personal work. That means reading light fiction, avoiding TV news, and paying special attention to those around me. It also means spending more time with my husband and our animals as their love is so uncomplicated.
I have 3 new shirts in my closet now. Each of these shirts is from the same pattern, and each is slightly different in fit and details. Sewing them was supremely satisfying at this time-I knew what to expect and could make small decisions on cuff design or button placement. I established a small bit of order into my world by staying with this pattern, using dogged determination.
The pattern is Sewing Workshop's Cortona shirt, which you first saw here. I made it in a cute B/W cotton, and love it even while it is a bit big.
Version #3 is the same shirt in a taupe check seersucker. What a wonderful fabric for 100 plus days. I love this shirt, especially now that I reduced the shoulders and armscye to a size equivalent to xs in the pattern. I actually forgot to do the alteration before cutting, so had to drape it on me and baste the sleeves in. Then I removed them and adjusted the stitching line. I know-very poor fitting technique! Here it is:
This is the Cortona with plain cuffs, pleats in the back rather than gathers, and an added button band in the back. I was feeling a little too much beige going on so ... added this bit of detail.
I am still needing to alter the back pattern piece so stay tuned for version #4! In the meantime, I'll enjoy wearing this cool shirt both with flowing pants, and with breeches and boots.
In other news, my dog Griff is a handful. Handful of love, handful of fun, handful of natural beauty.