Hello! I Hope everyone is having a splendid weekend in whatever you are doing. I was able to finish the second piece of my Fall transitional wardrobe this week and thought I would give you all the details.
First, this is the Aster from Colette Patterns.
I have had my eye on this one since its release quite awhile ago, but just never pulled the trigger. When they announced earlier in the month that your Seamwork membership (of which I possess) would now not only give you one Seamwork pattern per credit, but also a Colette pattern per credit (it used to be 3 credits for a Colette pattern), I put that baby in my cart pretty quickly! I used the copy shop file to have it printed at pdfplotting.com and am very happy with the end result.
The pattern itself includes short sleeves, flutter sleeves and the long sleeves. There is also a version with pleats along neckline. I debated over which version I wanted to use with this fabric, but in the end decided the less details the better so I could showcase the fabric. I will, however, be making the pleated version in a solid fabric at some point!
The fabric is another cotton lawn that I purchased at Fancy Tiger Crafts on my recent trip to Colorado with the family. Like the fox print that I used for my maxi dress, this one sewed up like a dream. A good cotton lawn is really worth its weight in gold. The lightweight nature of the fabric is going to make this top a work horse in my wardrobe as we transition to the colder weather and as layering becomes a necessity.
I am wearing it here with my white Closet Case Ginger Jeans, but am excited to show you some more ways I plan to style this as the weather gets cooler. I should be filming that video in the next week or so, so make sure to subscribe to my channel so you don't miss it!
Here are the alterations I made to this pattern:
- I sewed a straight size 12
- I did a 5/8" FBA (for a total of 1 1/4" increase)
- I did a 1" narrow shoulder adjustment
- I shortened the sleeves by 1"
- Next time I'm going to do a 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment
- I sewed the long sleeved version with the sleeve plackets and cuffs
That about wraps up all the details on this great new blouse. Now, however, I wanted to get a little deeper and talk about how sewing came to the rescue for me emotionally this week. Without going into too much detail and boring you with all the gory details, I did want to provide you with a little background information.
Earlier this summer, I went to the doctor because of some fairly intense edema (swelling) and generally not feeling well. After MANY different tests, it was determined that I was having an autoimmune response to gluten (wheat), eggs, dairy and corn. This, obviously, covers a LARGE segment of the food we have access to here in the US. Therefore, I have spent the entire summer reteaching myself how to eat with my new restrictions. I will now fast forward to this week.
I have actually started feeling really good. I have got my diet pretty nailed down and mourned the foods I will no longer be allowed to eat. My edema is almost all gone and my GI tract has been aces. However, I had some back pedaling this week. For some reason, I started having some gut issues and some swelling returned. As you can imagine, this was very disheartening. While I'm pretty sure I've now determined the food causing the issue, this has also meant ANOTHER food that I can no longer consume. Admittedly, I went down a pretty steep spiral of self pity. Before I go any further, I want to say that I completely realize that there are MUCH worse diagnoses and health issues that I could be facing and I am very thankful that my issues are "easily" fixed by just changing my diet. That being said, I was still battling some fairly intense frustration and depression this week. But, not all is lost! There is a happy ending to this story.
This morning I woke up and got ready for church, per usual. We have had a TON of rain this weekend, but this morning the sun was actually shining. I decided to wear my new top and have some pictures taken before we headed out. Just the act of putting on a piece of clothing that I had made with my own two hands, that fit me perfectly (and a button down, no less. I could NEVER buy button downs in RTW because of the boob issue) was enough to not only pull me out of my funk, but to remind me how lucky and blessed that I am to be able to use my hands and create.
I've mentioned before how passionately I believe that we are all made to be creative in some form. I think it's very important for each of us to explore different avenues until we find our own creative outlet. We don't necessarily have to be "experts" in whatever discipline we find most comforting, but I believe we all have the innate need to create. I also believe that through the act of creating, we can find a reprieve from a world that seems to move on fast forward. Finally, I personally find that it is through the act of creation that I feel the closest to the Creator and all He has done and continues to do for me.
On that note, I encourage you all to find that passion, whether or not it be sewing, painting, building, writing, or one of the myriad ways we can create. It is truly soothing to the soul and I would love to hear how you all use creating to keep your souls healthy!
Until next time!