It's so interesting to me, the pull of the seasons as it corresponds to crafting. While the knitting needles were in my hands all winter long as often as I could manage, they've been sitting a little more quietly of late. Surely, I knit all year long. But this time of year, certainly less. Instead, I find myself gravitating more towards the sewing machine.
With a quilt still deeply in progress on my studio table, I snuck in a little bit of something else this week. Doing a little spring cleaning closet assessment recently, I realized that everyone was quite set with all they needed. Excepting Mama. (For reasons having absolutely nothing to do with my daily ice cream consumption in conjunction with being nearly done nursing. Nope, it has nothing to do with that at all.)
Why not start, with what I can do myself? The piles of Japanese clothing books and dress and tunic patterns have been pulled off the shelves and into a pile as I ponder just what fabrics to pair them all with, and try to eek out the time in which to make them. This week, I gave a go at Esme, the new pattern from Sew Liberated. I used this vintage feedsack print for the first test run, and so pleased with the results. It came together smoothly, quickly and with relative ease, and I think I really like it. (Meg has some great video tutorials online now that accompany each pattern and would be an excellent guide for a beginning making one of these.) I would make a slight change next time (going down a size, despite what the measurements tell me...this one feels a little big), but I think this is a top that I could really enjoy making and wearing. Feedsack, voile, gingham, linen, hemp, flannel. Oh yes....I think there will be more of these to come.