The wet west coast of (Southern) New Zealand. Dancing, storming, moaning, laughing. Usually in the rain.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I finished the blue crossover top (Simplicity 1945) in the weekend, and wore it for the first time today. Brighid took some photos for me at the end of today. She even interrupted the story she was writing for her homework to take them. "A unicorn was going over a rainbow one day. It found a dead unicorn. It fell down through the rainbow."
It has definitely turned out better than the first version. I learnt a lot about making full bust adjustments and taking better care of details as I sewed, so this version doesn't, for example, have two different sized sleeves. That is an improvement. It is very comfortable to wear. The fabric is very clingy - I think a print would be more flattering, but print fabrics in jersey knits are not easy to find in New Zealand. The first version was too tight across my tummy. I could carry a pregnancy in this one. I don't plan on doing anything of the kind. I had hoped that this would be a pattern that I would make several tops with. I'm not convinced that I will at this stage. I think I would like it better extended into a dress. As a top, it seems better suited to a tall person.
Then there is the sleeveless cardigan which I made a few years ago. I never wear it anymore. I put it on sometimes and take it off again. I don't like how shapeless it is. So I've started to undo it and maybe I shall turn it into a cowl. I like the colours in the cardi, just not the shape. There is possibly enough to do the Miette cardigan in this, but I don't want the Miette in variegated wool.
In the garden, is my first spear of asparagus. As in, this is the first time I can cut it (they cannot be cut until they are three years old). Of the many one year old crowns I planted two years ago, this is the only one which has survived.