No I wasn't drinking... neither was the smart a*# behind me.
It happened over the weekend, I entered the final year of my 30s. I don't get upset over the numbers, in fact I delight in the fact that I am getting older as opposed to the alternative. No, the numbers don't bother me, but I can't lie and say I'm loving all the other bonuses that come with each increasing number.
I had a low key birthday, in other words, I did the same thing I do every day. Mitch surprised me Saturday evening with a cake- ice cream cake, and a little family get-together. Very unexpected and very nice.
I spent most of the weekend sewing, and since it was my birthday, I sewed for me. I've had a couple of the Simplicity Built by Wendy patterns for a while and finally got around to trying one. Like most things I sew, I can't make just one. Anyone else like that? I understand now why my Aunt Mary used to make a practice version of anything I asked her to sew. It made no sense to me at the time. She was after all a wonderful seamstress, why practice? Because every pattern is different. I like this one, but found I had to make some changes.
Here's the practice version, modeled by Alyssa. The neck line is really, really low. I even took the top apart and took the shoulders in a little and still need a shirt underneath. I put in cap sleeves using this wonderful tutorial.
For the second version I redrew the neckline. That was a little scary, but I must have had birthday luck, it worked. Now that I'm looking at the pictures it doesn't look much different, but it is, and could still stand to be less plunging. I'm loving this fabric from Sew Mama Sew!
One other change I made was in the order of construction. Anyone else who's made this top have trouble with numbers nine and ten in the instructions? I think they are backwards.
I'll be making this one again. Maybe in flannel for winter...