Saturday, July 05, 2008

See you in a week!

Joe and I are headed "up north" tomorrow to spend a week at the cottage. We rent the same cottage (from a friend) for the same two weeks each year, next week and the last week in August. They are without a doubt the best two weeks of the year! We always seem to end up with a cottage full of friends and this year is no different. We have friends joining us for several days next week which is ALWAYS so much fun!!!

The past couple of days have been spent packing and making lists (oh, how I love to make lists). I did squeeze in a little sewing time, of course.



Here's my latest and greatest version of the ever-so-popular pattern, Simplicity 3-8-3-5. I know the photo only shows one, but I actually made three and I've made a new observation about the pattern. It turns out a teensy bit different each time I make it. I think that the fabric choice has a lot to do with the drape and appearance of the shirt, but I also think that my variation of seam allowances have a lot to do with it too.

Thanks to Lera I've discovered that sewing darts in the back of the top can give it a little more shape and make it a little more flattering. Having said that, I don't put the darts in until the very end after I've tried on the top to see if it needs it. Two of the three tops I've made in the past three days did not need the darts.

Today is going to be full of last minute trips to the grocery store, packing, lawn cutting and car cleaning. Oh, did I mention there seems to be an over-population of bears at the cottage??? I think I'm going to go to the dollar store today to buy a couple of children't tambourines to take with us on walks to keep the bears away. Any other suggestions?

Have a super week everyone! (I will!)

10 comments:

lera said...

What did Vicki from Parent Trap use to scare away bears? Or was that for mountain lions???

Cute shirt. Long live 38-35.

Oh, lawn cutting? Is Joe going to do that??? :-)

Lisa Clarke said...

You are just unstoppable with that pattern! I think I need to figure out how to do darts - I love my 3835's, but I find I don't wear them as much as I want because they sometimes make me look heftier than I am.

Enjoy your week! I'm jealous :-)

Christy said...

I really should buy myself that pattern and make a few tops. I've ruined 3 shirts this week, so I can justify making some more.

Enjoy your week at the cottage! :)

Chara Michele said...

Have a fun week at the cabin! (And good luck with the bears :)

That top is really cute. I am going to have to try the darts on the next one I make, since I find that they tend to run a bit big on me too...

Mary said...

Hope you have/had a wonderful time at the cottage!

cici said...

i was just going to post that you needed to hit two sticks together ala parent trap (it was mountain lions, i know, but hey a wild beast is a wild beast) but lera beat me to it!

don't forget the sugar water to keep away mosquitos

CalicoDaisy said...

Hey there: I just made that top for my daughter and had tried to take in Chara Michele's and Lera's advice, though I wasn't sure about the darts. Now I am - I should have put them in, as there is a bit too much fabric in the back for my daughter. It was easy, though, and I hope to make one for myself soon. I saw your comment on Yarn and Needles. You haven't had cornbread before? You'll have to try some, especially up at your cabin. Get the recipe from Yarn and Needles; her looked great.

persephonesawakening said...

you know, i think about these shirts often! how long do they take?

Rebekah C said...

I'm planning on buying this pattern this weekend at Joann's $1.99 simplicity pattern sale and I came across your blog on a pattern search. I love the fabric that you used and thanks for posting the helpful modifications!

Brenda said...

I've only made the dress from that pattern. I do love it. I think I have that same material (remnent from Joann's).