This is as far as I have gotten on the shirt. I did make the spouse try it on and discovered that men cling to the idea of what size they wear for years without really considering that it might have changed. It turns out that the neckline he had in college is not the same neckline he has now, go figure. He had been complaining that he can’t wear a tie with the shirts he bought recently but rather than considering that it was his neck that had changed, he thought something was wrong with the shirts. The rest of this shirt fits well so I am reading up on how to make the neckline larger while leaving the rest of the shirt pretty much the same. It doesn’t look like the alteration is too hard, just cutting down the neckline slightly and then making the collar and stand pieces longer so that they fit.
The reason not much sewing is going on around here is that everything is ripe all at once. We picked the plums (by ‘we’, I mean ‘he’) and I made jam. Then the apricots were ready and I made jam out of those, too. Then the cucumbers decided to produce 8 lbs in one day, so I made the pickle relish for next year. Next up will be the applesauce and the pesto.
In between bouts of preserving, the debris left from our new shelves and the reorganization of the sewing room is gradually being reduced. The living room is starting to look like a room instead of a storage unit, and the number of boxes in the house is much smaller. It really is wonderful to have all my cookbooks and sewing books in plain view and easy to get to.