First, here’s a picture of the vest I was making from heavy knit that was finished some time ago (https://redpajamamama.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/more-shirts/). I just couldn’t find any blue separating zipper anywhere so I went with a white one since this was just a wearable muslin. The vest turned out pretty well except that I discovered that I don’t really like a hood with a single seam up the back but prefer one with a panel down the middle. This hood on the vest was taken from a Japanese pattern, but in future versions I’ll just use the hood from the fleece vest pattern.
UPDATE: Turns out that I really like this vest. It is really comfortable to wear on a car trip and the fabric doesn’t hold onto stains. Up the coast on our trip, I spilled orange juice down the front of it when the car stopped suddenly, and the stain came right out as if it had never happened. Though this is not my favorite hood pattern, I learned to manage it so it isn’t so annoying.
So, on to the next T-shirt. There was a lot of yardage in this print fabric, so I made this top and am currently working on a sewn cardigan to match. This fabric really made me wonder about people who design prints. Is it really a good idea to have large flesh-colored roundish areas with a dark center? You really have to be careful to avoid these “bulleyes” ending up in the wrong place, and it wasn’t easy.
Here’s the necklace that my daughter made for me a few birthdays ago that will look good on this top:
The drought here has eased a bit, so we are putting in a medium-sized garden this year. There has been a bumper crop of plums so far, and I have already made some jam and donated the rest of the plums to the Food Bank. I like to keep track of the number of pounds of produce that we give to the Food Bank every year to see if we can beat our last year’s record. So far this year the total is 112 pounds which already beats last year (but that was a drought year). Last year we thought the volunteer old peach tree was dying, but my husband pruned it and it came back healthy and strong and is covered with peaches. We have no idea what kind of peaches they are except that they are delicious.