My sewing room is a mess (messy sewer here) and I’ve been working on reorganizing my sewing space. There’s something about the change of seasons that makes one want to clean, reorganize and get rid of the old. In my case, that is getting rid of things I no longer use and going through my fabric to make room for…..fall and winter fabric!!! (I know the excitement is killing you.) It feels so good to get back into a sewing routine.
In one last defiant act of summer sewing (it IS technically still summer), I made the Gemma tank, by Rae Hoekstra (Made-by-Rae blog). This tank is one of Rae’s clever Presto Patterns. It took me an hour to make this top, literally, Presto! As all of her patterns, it is well written and flattering on. There are two options for the neckline; a regular neck and a high neck. I made the higher neck and the C/D cup size. The bias tape for the neckline and arms is from my vintage stash. The red plaid gives the top a little pop of color.
The fabric I’ve had for a while and was excited to finally have something perfect to use it for. It’s by Lotta Jansdotter and called ‘Etapp in Midnight Navy’. One of the great things about this pattern is that it will work with a lot of different types of fabric. I’m pretty sure this pattern will become a staple in my wardrobe.
Fall seems to be such a great time to get cozy with a good book. Have you read anything great lately? I’m always looking for suggestions for a great book. We are making a couple changes with our routine, as a family. One of the changes is implementing ‘No TV’ during the week (and limiting TV on the weekends to a movie or two for the whole family). I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but for this family, it has been a positive change. As a result, we are reading and crafting more. I picked up a great book to read with our children, ‘PAX’ by Sara Pennypacker. I heard about it on NPR.
I’ve also been invited to join a book discussion for this book: ‘American Girls, Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers’ by Nancy Jo Sales. No- I don’t have a teenager yet but after reading just the preface of this book, I realized that I didn’t want to stay blissfully ignorant. 🙂 THIS BOOK IS SCARY.
Last in my pile, is ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes. My dear Mother-in-Law brought this over and although I don’t know much about it, I’ve seen lots of people reading it. What’s in your reading pile?