End-of-Summer Sewing

Summer is definitely winding down. According to our long-range forecast, we just might be finished with our 90-degree weather, which is fine with me. Fall in New Mexico is a thing of glory–and it goes on for a long time, and there is a lot to do. This month includes pottery classes (!), several interesting lectures, a camping/canoeing trip, and a knitting workshop that I just can’t wait to go to. So if I want to blog about my last two sewing projects, now is definitely the time.

First up is the Chai tee from Liesl and Co., which is available either as a printed pattern or a download. This solid-color photo shows the detailing:

 

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The big selling point of this tee–aside from the fact that it has interesting details and goes together like a dream–is that it offers separate front, designed for women who wear A/B, C, or D bra cup sizes. For many (though, sadly, not all) of us, this eliminates the need for an FBA. I made the size C large, and it fits like a dream.  I had to have Mildred model it for the photo, because I started wearing it at once rather than wait until Himself was around to take pictures.

Every time I swear I am done with flimsy drapey rayon knits, Marcy Tilton comes up with another digital print that I just have to have. (I’m kind of finicky about prints, but some of these digital things I would buy if they were printed on aluminum foil.) And I learned a lesson on this one. It had never occurred to me that an allover, graffiti-style print like this might need to be fussy cut–which is how I came to have the word “ART” emblazoned smack in the middle of my left boob. (And my name isn’t even Art!) C’est la vie–I like it anyway, and it’s been cheerfully through the wash quite a few times already. (As per recommendations, I hang it to dry–by putting it over the shower curtain rod, so it doesn’t get hanger creases.)

Moving on. I had been meaning to make a caftan for ages, and had been looking for patterns like those with which I made those of my misspent youth, but when I saw the Charlie caftan from Closet Case Patterns, I settled for being a more tasteful grown-up instead, albeit one who squints into the sun a lot:

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I made the higher-armhole version and left off the ties. I’m not wild about side slits, because I always feel like I am walking through a car wash with those flappy things, but I left them in to have room to stride. In the end, I’m not sure they would have been necessary, since one doesn’t wear this sort of thing in speed-walking competitions. I might make a midi version and leave them out. (If I do, I’ll shorten the V neck a bit, because, well, I’m old.)

This was my first Closet Case pattern, and it went together very well. I had reservations about the weird inset rectangular tab that controls the shape of the center front, but there are a couple of choices of how to install it, and it’s easier than one would think. After all, the Closet Case people gave us the Ginger jeans–beloved of that segment of the internet that makes its own jeans. They know their way around a drafting board.

The fabric, a rayon poplin from Blackbird Fabrics, is one of the nicest rayons I’ve ever sewn with–and certainly nicer than the fabrics those 1970s numbers were made in! To work with it is to be reminded that the chemists who invented this fiber were trying to make a synthetic silk, and this is probably about as close as they’ve ever come to realizing that goal. It feels unbelievably wonderful, and this caftan is going to be in heavy rotation until the weather turns cold.

So much for summer! Next up: knitting, a shirt, a turtleneck, and something I won’t be able to tell you about yet because it’s a gift. But fall is going to be wonderful!

 

 

 

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