The original plan today was to work in the garden. The little bit of rain we had this morning altered things a bit. Just too soggy. As I am anxious to get to those linen pieces I bought yesterday, I decided that before those projects could be started, I needed to complete the one I had began last fall.
Almost eight years ago, my parents came home from a church mission to Mozambique. My mom brought home some very beautiful fabric pieces. They've been sitting in my closet all this time. I felt it was a shame that they weren't utilized. So I was inspired to make a tunic with one of the larger ones. The pieces sat out on my cutting table all winter, beckoning.
The colors and leaf motif are a little fall-ish, but I still think I'll be wearing it now. It's comfortable and roomy top to wear, plus it makes me happy, knowing that it will always be a reminder of those sweet associations with the Africans my parents learned to love. I also love the quarter length sleeves and hip length styling. I think I'll have to make more of these.
The pattern- Simplicity 4149- is pretty straightforward, which is definitely a necessity with me. I often get confused and frustrated, trying to understand what the instructions are trying to say. (That's why I always seem to have to open up the pattern and make sure I'm smart enough before making the decision to buy it. Am I the only one that does this?) I had a little trouble getting what they were trying to explain about the collar. I just threw up my hands and did it my way- turned and hemmed the edge under and called it good.