I actually made my August white shirt at the beginning of the month. However, finishing the shirt did not auto-magically mean the blog post would be written. So here I am cramming it into the last week...again!
I was hoping that we would be closing up our house sometime during the month and might not have a lot of sewing room days. My wish came true! We have spent some long days moving the last of the furniture and "hoovering" (as my British son calls it) ...which is way easier when there is no furniture in the room! I am very happy that the house has sold, but there are so many emotions that have been swirling around as we have been moving and closing that chapter of our lives. I guess it is to be expected, we have spent 25 years in this house and a lot of memories have been made. It is a strange mix of happy-to-be-moving-into-the-new and sad-to-be-moving-out-of-the-old. A bit of a roller coaster at times. The one thing I know for sure is that when we do this again we are going to have 'people!' I'm pretty confident that my back won't handle another 'self-move.' Thank goodness for strong, young son and friends!
Along with the linen scraps, I encountered a piece I had gotten at an art fair awhile ago. The artist paints mandalas using fruits and vegetables as the different rings. I loved the work and couldn't resist the designs that she had printed onto squares of muslin. The one done with pears seemed appropriate for late summer.
I arranged and rearranged my scraps several times and finally settled on a design that was centered on the front, but made up of asymmetric stripes on the back. I cut all the pattern pieces on the bias so I wouldn't need to have a closing. The v-neckline and the stretch of the bias made it possible to get in and out without any additional openings. I also found some of the edging that I had saved from the giant tablecloth that I used for dresses last summer and used it to outline the mandala painting and the neckline.
As a mom I know it is not PC to pick "favorite children" but if I'm being a "bad mom" I would say my August shirt is now my favorite! (of course we have a few more months this year, things may change! How fickle!) But as the temperatures have risen I have been pulling this top on quite often. The bias makes it really comfortable and the linen is so cool. It is going to be hard to top this one in September.