The title says it all. I am hoping for a happy 2013 for us all. Not that 2012 was bad by any means, just busy and tiring and short on time for anything but the necessary.
Despite moving house and acquiring a gorgeous sunny sewing room all to myself, not much making went on last year. I am determined this year will be different. I have had a lazy summer at the beach catching up on lots of sewing blogs and discovering new ones and I am feeling inspired and ready to sew.
Today I am wearing one of the few things I did make last year:
The pattern began as Colette's free Sorbetto pattern, but I have tweaked it to suit my body shape and personal preferences. I did a small bust adjustment to remove the side darts, re-sited the centre front pleat on the inside and used my favourite binding method at the neck and armholes and for the hem. I deliberately used a single, unfolded strip of bias to emphasise the linen's weave and left the outside edges raw.
The fabric is a small piece of Irish linen purchased several years ago. It seemed horribly expensive at the time, I only bought half a metre of it and I have been waiting for the perfect pattern to use it. While I love the fabric, it is not particularly flattering to my colouring unless I am suntanned so the top has not had many outings before now.
For me, this simple top is a success because it is comfortable, practical and fits as it should. I'd like to do more sewing of the same kind this year and hopefully I will.