Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Toast . . . to Toast

Color is most accurate in this photo.
I finally finished the orange boucle jacket, and I'm a bit lukewarm about it.  I've taken photos and there will be a post about it, probably tomorrow, but for now I'm sharing the project I made last night, mainly to get the taste of the jacket out of my mind, clear out the cobwebs so that I can start something else by the weekend.

I'm really beginning to become a pattern repeater, but there are certain patterns that I turn to when I don't know what else to sew, or in the case of this one, when I need a go-to piece that I know will turn out the way I want and make me feel better about sewing choices that don't always turn out right.

This is KwikSew 3740, the better of their two cowl neck patterns (the other one has cut-on sleeves and just isn't as good, at least on me).

It's not this boring, really
The fabric is a warm, toasty tan lightweight sweater knit that I bought last month at London Textiles on my fabric foray with Claudine.  It was a remnant, a little less than 1.5 yards, and as I recall, I got it for $4.

Shades of brown are always going to be a favorite - with my skin tone, brown is far more flattering than black.  I love the subtle variation of colors; the fabric appears more textured than it is, and it has a lovely hand.

It also looks far better on a body than it does on a dress form, but I forgot to get photos at work today and when I got home I got distracted and changed clothes before I went out back to deal with the chickens and potentially get straw stuck to me.

Chickens are doing well, for those who care.  They have a new favorite food - leftover baked beans from Labor Day weekend.  Watching a chicken toss a bean up in the air and then snarf it down in one bite is something I can just sit and watch.  And I did today, and it almost made me late for work.

But as for the top.  It may not be exciting, but it fits, it looks good, I wore it today, and I feel a sense of redemption after a lackluster project.  So it goes.


edj3 said...

In addition to your sewing adventures, I love the chicken stories :)

AuntieAllyn said...

Boring schmoring . . . looks like a lovely, classic top!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it nice that the weather has changed and we can appreciate sweater knits again. Chicken stories are ALWAYS appreciated!


Nancy K said...

Beautiful fabric, and it works well with the pattern.

velosews said...

What a lovely top. The fabric really makes it.
I do enjoy hearing about the chickens too.

Becky said...

I don't think it looks boring at all! I like that tone-on-tone brown print--it could almost read as a solid so it will go with a ton of stuff!

gMarie said...

I think it's a great basic and not boring at all. Keep sharing the chicken stories - tossing and catching beans sound fun. g