- Friends - when I was back in NZ over Christmas I caught up with friends I haven't seen for years (some close to 10!!) and it was just the same as always (in a good way!). I flew back to Scotland on a Saturday, and went out that evening and it made my eyes get misty when I caught up with my Edinburgh posse - I had missed them that much. They are a hoot, are all clever and therefore provoke me to always question things (in a good way!) and are all such beautiful people. I am truly blessed in the friends department.
- Family -
these guys love me despite all my foibles (notably living on the other
side of the world). Although I know that they hate this at times, they
have never once pressured me into moving back. If you love something
set it free....well, they truly have, and I have no doubt that I will
return to the coop at some stage.
- Job - sure I work to live and not live to work; but ultimately I have an interesting job, with some workmates that fit into the friend category and for which I am remunerated* sufficiently to keep me warm, clean, watered, fed and supplied with supplies for my hobby.
- Sense of
Adventure - whether it be travelling, reading a new author/genre or
meeting up with like minded individuals on the Crafter's Ceilidh; I am
lucky to have a sense of adventure realised. Meeting all you ladies on
that single day has prompted me to sew and update this blog regularly - I
think of you all as a little legion of people egging me on to craft
regularly. Thank you!
- Happiness - my inner barometer seems to run closer to happy than any other emotion. I know people who can not say the same, and I am truly grateful that I have a happy disposition. I try to 'share the love' with this one too - it would be my life's greatest achievement if I could improve even just one person's day each day.
- Husband - well, he is just the best. He is my best friend, my confidante, my coach, my closest ally, staunch protector and advocate, favourite person to spend time with, comedian and generally the other pea in my pod. I smile whenever I think of him....and often I chuckle. He believes in us whole-heartedly, which is just fantastic and so supportive. I look forward to growing old (but not growing up) with him.
|The front - on Maisy|
|The back - on Maisy|
Oh, actually, that's not so futuristic is it?...ever heard of a little thing called a chainmail shirt Rachel?.... whatever, it made me think of this lovelable lot at the time!
So, here are the details:
|The pattern (from Scruffy Badger Time)|
I made a few changes to the pattern:
- Cut the front on the fold (~1cm along the fold line - I needed a bit more room!)
- Cut the back in two parts (adding 1.5cm for seam allowances)
- Included a facing along the neck and back edges
- Sewed a metal separating zip on the back (superimposed so that I can easily remove it in the future (oooo see what I did there) if I come to hate the zip).
- Put the sleeves in the wrong way around...
|The front - on Me|
|The back - on Me|
yes, that's right - my sleeves are in the wrong arms, so the plackets are on the top of the sleeves rather the undersides...I mean, come on Rachel! I sewed my first shirt when I was 12 - you'd think I would have established the art of working out what way a sleeve goes in wouldn't you....appears not. I'm debating whether to cut the cuffs of and turn it into a short sleeved blouse...I think that would look pretty cool. The zip is heaps heavier than the fabric, so it makes the top hang funny, but whatever. I still like it. Peace out.
A propos gratitude, today is my 2nd wedding anniversary. How fun! In July we'll have been together 10 years. I still can't believe this. I was always the girl that never got asked out, and here I am married to my best friend. Sew grateful indeed.
* I always think of remunerated as renumerated in my head. My logic is that it's about money, i.e. numbers...anyone else get confused by this?