Sometimes you feel like working with patterns and doing all the fitting and drafting, and sometimes you don’t. Yesterday was a pattern/paper day so I altered this Simplicity pattern for M. I used the pivot and slide method which sometimes works perfectly the first time, but not with this blouse. I made up a muslin for M to try on, and I had to take off some width under the arms and add some width and length to the front bodice. When that was done, I was ready to put some embroidery on it. I used the Brother Card No. 67, design number 28. This design is supposed to be made in several colors, but it also looks great in just one color. It has a lot of interesting texture.
It certainly is the time of year to be making a sleeveless top since it is about 100 degrees outside today. It is hard to remember that we were freezing in the rain a few weeks ago. I am using a green Dvala sheet (100% cotton) for this. M says that the other two blouses I made from the IKEA sheeting wash and dry very well and need little ironing, which is good to know.
Here’s one of the fronts with the embroidery finished. I can’t iron this until I remove the marking in case the heat sets the ink. Here’s a closeup of the embroidery: This was the first attempt at using the machine’s positioning function, rotating the design around to fit the space. There’s always something new to learn in sewing. In addition to working on this blouse, I’m cutting out some more workshirts for A in solid color cottons.
In the last week we made the long long drive down to LA and back twice. My MIL wanted to visit an old friend, so we offered to drive her there and back. While tiring, the drive does deliver an adventure or two, including a herd of sheep that somehow were wandering over the freeway (I-5) near Harris Ranch where cars were going about 80 miles per hour. This resulted in a very bad day for one hapless driver who, thankfully, was not injured, but we can’t say the same for one of the sheep. As we crawled by in the slowed-down traffic, the police were trying to round up the sheep and tend to the victims, animal and human. I suppose it was a bad day for the rancher whose sheep escaped, too, since he will almost certainly be looking at a lawsuit soon.
When I am not avoiding random sheep, I like to look at the crops all down the central valley, and it seems that almonds have proliferated to an amazing degree. It also seems like pomegranate groves are spreading everywhere, something I haven’t seem before.
I think the garden waits until we are gone to grow because the plants always seem to be about 1/3 bigger when we get back, even though we were only gone about 18 hours for each trip. I may pick the first cucumber today.