Good morning! I’m switching up the Monday Outfit for an unscheduled me-made garment today. But before I go into that, I want to say a huge THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes and comments for the Staple dresses. We had an unusually busy and social weekend, so I’m slowly working on responding to all the lovely comments. My birthday was wonderful. Really, I couldn’t have asked for a better one. M planned a special date night (K had her third successful sleepover, and she was more than thrilled to be spending the night with friends), and we had a leisurely dinner at an amazing sushi restaurant and caught a Tom Cruise flick, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then we had a family celebration on Saturday and hung out with friends, and we kept celebrating for Father’s Day on Sunday. Whew. I’m partied out.
Which is all an excuse to say, I didn’t sew anything for K. I did, however, work on a wearable muslin for myself. I have something fun to share on Thursday, and was trying out a simple yoke tunic that is otherwise known as Simplicity 0403, which is actually now Simplicity 2147, I just discovered. You might remember that this pattern was part of my summer sewing plans, and no one is more surprised than I am that I’m actually making things from my list.
Funny story: I finished this top on Sunday and wore it out and about to get a few things for Father’s Day. At one of my errand stops, I ran into an acquaintance from K’s pre-school days, and as we were catching up, I noticed that she kept asking me, “So how are you??” and gazing admiringly my top. Or so I thought. I’m sure you’ve already figured out what’s coming, but I’m really dense and it was only later as I drove home that I realized that she must have assumed I was pregnant! The middle photo you see above is all you need to confirm the woman’s assumptions.
But you know what? I love this top. I actually cut it out as a dress, but when I tried it on, I felt swallowed whole and knew that I’d have to make it a tunic instead. I did try all my belts while it was still in dress mode, but I just looked like a lump of pizza dough cinched in the middle — sort of dumpy and misshapen. It was a good call to chop seven inches, and it feels very me with the indigo, the vaguely Japanese print and loose, maternity silhouette (this is a Michael Miller quilting cotton by the way). I’d already cut out the pattern months and months ago while watching trashy tv, so that made this a super quick project; however, I must have been riveted by the show because I managed to cut out some of the pattern pieces at size 12 and others at size 14. I normally sew size 14, but I took the plunge and tried the size 12 and hey, the fit is great! Maybe I’ve been cutting out the wrong size all this time.
At any rate, this is a successful muslin! However, I’m not sure that this style is going to work with the fabric I want to use (rather, I think it’ll end up looking way too similar), so I’m going to do something different for Thursday…stay tuned!