Wednesday, September 12, 2018

late summer projects

Surprisingly I managed to sew more than I am usually able to in the summer.  The top in the picture above was made of chambray linen using the free Grainline Hemlock Tee pattern, to which I made several changes:

  • widened the sleeves
  • changed sleeve length to 7"
  • used a 1/2 inch seam allowance
  • raised the neckline by 1/2" at the front center
  • shirt length 18 1/2"
  • added a bias-cut, raw-edge hemline
I'm really happy with how this turned out.  The lightweight linen has a nice drape, and the loose style was perfect for a hot summer day--of which we had many this year.

My daughter made me a stamp with my business  logo.  With a bit of practice I was finally able to get a good result.  I sewed up several zipper pouches for the shop with my faithful companion for company. As you see, there is still no baseboard and one window yet untrimmed--our winters project.

There is not much left in the garden, but I am picking lots of Heritage raspberries.  Also still getting some zucchini, eggplant, random tomatoes, and out of a half dozen plants, I found one Charantais melon--last year's never ripened properly, but this years melon was delicious!

Today I planted two boxwood next to the back porch and two redbud trees in the meadow.  I'm hoping to find a couple more limelight hydrangeas to add to the front, as the ones I have are doing so well.  
What are your late summer projects?



  1. Your top is so pretty. I love the colour.

    God Bless.

  2. It all looks so lovely. I wouldn't have noticed the trim work if you had not mentioned it! Just looking at all the baskets and wood cupboards for your organization! Cute top: I wish the clothing manufacturers would make longer "short" sleeve tops for us. I sometimes buy a long sleeved shirt and then cut off the bottom of the sleeve to make the right length of short sleeve for myself. Happy sewing for your grandbabies! I have a relative expecting a baby and I checked out your baby burp cloths on line that you suggested, thank you.

  3. I always enjoy your posts; Instagram is good, but I will always love a good blog. Everything is lovely.

  4. I miss your posts.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  5. Hoping you had another productive summer. I do miss your occasional blog posts. Happy sewing . . .

  6. Hi Deb,
    Just wanted to say I hope everything is ok, you have been gone for a long time, I miss your posts.


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