As reported everywhere, it's been cold, icy and snowy here in Knoxville the last few weeks. And like LouAnn, Carol and Tina over at Loomy Tunes, I've been stuck inside on my days off. I kept myself busy, mostly sewing, looking at the back yard in its various stages of freeze and thaw.
The first thing I tackled was the Dress Shirt by Merchant & Mills, the pattern company Theresa, from Camp Runamuck has been talking about on her blog. I was disappointed in the finished result, because it just looks frumpy! I made it of navy blue linen I'd had for years, and had hesitated cutting into it. I think maybe in the summer it'll be a light, airy thing to slip on when it's too hot to bear anything touching me. It was fun to make, and I think for future use, the pattern will make a wonderful night gown. LouAnn stopped by last week with the whole packet of patterns, and I've copied two of them to try later.
http://shop.grainlinestudio.com/ . This is one version, with sleeves added to cover my middle-aged upper arms. The other view on the pattern has a gathered skirt, and it's cut out but not started here in the sewing room, also out of denim.
The next piece is a warm winter coat that I blogged about last time, made of a beautiful piece of silky wool, with a cashmere collar and the teal piece of luscious polyester. It's had a spin or two around Knoxville in the frosty weather, and I like it a lot.
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