My love affair with knits continues and my photography and blogging can't keep up with my sewing. It's been cold, grey, and rainy here... melancholy, really. And with the time change, it gets dark so much earlier. Boy, I don't know how you folks in the Pacific Northwest get your photos. Tonight I decided enough was enough and got the girls outside for our impromptu photoshoot... fog, gloom and all.
I loved my last experience with Riley Blake knits so much, I had to have an encore, this time with the one inch red and grey stripes.
I really loved the Wood Mouse Ottobre pattern, so I made one again for Tia, this time adding and inch to the sleeves which were a little short last time.
For Indigo, I made a raglan top - the Fall Basic #12 in Ottobre Autumn 2013.
I have to tell you about the sweetest journal I bought last month after reading about it on Simple Homeschool. It's a mother-daugher journal called Between Mom and Me where you mostly write letters back and forth. But there are also places for photos and lists.
Indigo says the most heart-melting things lately and this little list is something I will always cherish. I love that 2 out of 5 entries on each list focused on love! The journal is a simple way to encourage one another and build each other up. It's easy to otherwise forget to write these things down and this forces you to be intentional about it.
One of the assignments is that we are supposed to get a photo of the two of us together. That led to us hatching plans about me making matching shirts for the two of us. I haven't been too interested in sewing for myself, but Indigo said that would mean a lot to her. How could I say no?
I decided to go with the O+S Bento tee. I was inspired by Kristin's top here. I really love her style. I followed her advice of scooping out the neck by a full inch (and it's still a highish neckline). Even though I cut the shirt in a small, I cut the neckband in an XL to make up for the extra length in the scoop. Then I added two inches to the length. I'm 5'7" but I've always thought I have a short torso, so I was surprised that I really needed this additional length. And like Kristin, I left the bottom unhemmed, which I think gave it an 80s vibe... in a good way.
I measured a size medium in the waist and I wasn't sure how that would play out, but this top is so roomy and forgiving that it's not a problem at all. Actually I felt very comfortable in this top. After having four babies my abs have definitely seen better days and sometimes I feel self-conscious in more fitted t-shirts. I really love and appreciate the fit of this top and the fabric is more comfortable than anything else I own. Here's the best photo I have of the front of the top - a closet iPhone photo.
Sewing something for myself was far more empowering than I expected. In fact, I've already made one more shirt just like this one. But in a different fabric - obviously, right? With the pattern already cut, it probably only takes about 30 minutes to sew. You can't beat that.
I really can't tell you how much I dislike having my photo taken. And yup, I'm well aware of the fact that I really need a hair cut. So badly. The guy who cuts my hair says it should never go past the bra line and I am several inches past that! Even Dan says I have a Little House on the Prairie vibe going on right now. It's time for a chop-chop. I'm thinking maybe shoulder length?