I made a top! It took almost two weeks of sewing tiny amounts everyday, but I am so glad to be done with it. Especially because it is just perfect for the current weather–the very few days we have every year when the days are warm but the evenings and mornings are lovely.
The cutting didn’t take long, because I have already made this pattern once before, and comes from this Japanese pattern book (The link is for the English version of the book, but I referred to the Japanese one since that is what I have). And although N had not liked the last one when I made it but then had subsequently grown to like it a lot, she requested the same again! So for this time, I just increased the overall length by 1.5″.
The fabric was brought locally comes from H.P. Singh (Nehru place)and while it resembles chambray it isn’t exactly that. It’s thinner and I think has perhaps a tiny bit of something other than cotton (but no idea what).
It however crumples quite easily. I took these photos in less than half an hour after she wore it but already it looks like she has been wearing it for half a day!
But, it is a nice kind of a “crumple” and I like it a lot, from the front and the back!
The source of the the buttons I have no memory of, but the little bit of lace comes from my days in NY.
Ok, that’s a lot of photos. So here’s my last one. By this time, she was beginning to lose her patience as well.
It was good to sew this one. I was happy N wore it right away, and that also to school. I have realised over time that she only really wears clothes she really likes to school, so I guess this one is for keeps. And it was good to be able to use a pattern I already had traced. Sometimes that makes things move along so much faster.
And finally I wanted to say: thank you all for writing in with so much good advice and support. I am trying to keep the desk clear of all things for every little bit of time I find, and do the small things when a few minutes pop up every now and then.