Doldrums. And a finished top from 2013.

Do you ever go through periods where you’re inspired, you make something, you’re excited during construction, and then it just doesn’t turn out quite right? And then that happens again and again and you wonder why you sew anyway? For the last few months, that’s been me. I have no fewer than six garments hanging around my workstation that just need hems or neckline finishing, but I just can’t seem to get it done because I don’t really like them. None of them are unwearable, either! They’re just not quite right.

Well, this post is getting depressing quickly! Not all recent makes have been disappointments. I have made a few Renfrews and a Plantain tee that I was so happy with I had to wear it before it got hemmed, so make that seven garments that need hems…

And then there is this sweater, which I made when my mom visited last Thanksgiving. It’s another Cation dolman sleeve top, made from a JoAnn sweater knit that I just had to buy when on a zipper run. I had only just decided to avoid synthetics, but couldn’t resist this print. I always have trouble saying no to an abstract but vaguely natural print in blues and neutrals.

ImageI raised the neckline a bit so that it would cover straps, but I think it was too much. I feel a little closed in at the neck and next time will either go back to the original pattern or lower the neckline at center front. There’s not really much else to say about this top. It’s the kind of simple, flattering garment that makes you feel elegant and put together with hardly any effort. I imagine my next version being made from some really luxurious knit, a silk or super-soft wool.

Well, I’m off to sew for another weekend! Despite my disappointments I suppose it’s garments like this and dreams of future versions that keep me coming back!


Finished: Cation Dolman Sleeve Top


I’ve a finished garment to show! Two, actually, both the Cation free dolman sleeve top in shades of purple.  Purple seems to be my color right now, pretty much everything I’ve made or bought lately (besides neutrals) is purple. It is a nice color…

This pattern is absolutely fabulous. I cut between a small and medium, just in case, but really should just cut a small. I love how flattering and slouchy it is. It’s just perfect for so many things!

playing with cats!
playing with cats!

It really is a fantastic yoga top. The wide band at the bottom keeps the top in place during inversions and the dolman sleeves allow for plenty of arm movement. My house is always chilly too, so the sleeve length is perfect.

Cindy warned that the neckline is on the wide side, and that is true. This lavender version is not quite work appropriate, but I don’t  mind the wide neckline at all on the weekends. For my second, dark purple version I brought the neckline in a little, and shortened the sleeves due to lack of fabric. The fabric is a really drapy, clingy rayon that is so soft.

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Instagram photo from nearly a month ago…

I bought some sweater knit the other day to make another one of these. It’s one of those perfect instant gratification projects! Up next for me is a pair of Thurlows. I have high hopes, but we’ll see. Pattern is traced, fabric is prepped, and when Dandelion takes his afternoon nap later I’ll be cutting them… out of purple corduroy I’ve had for at least three years. It’s a coincidence!