So, some good news: I got a promotion at work! Woo hoo!
The bad news? The workload that has come with said promotion, due to how it was timed, has been insane. Add to that my tendency to, at times, be a crazy perfectionist means that I've been a complete wreck at work, not taking breaks, hardly eating, and collapsing into a puddle of my own stress when I get home. (Actually, it's not really that bad, but I get a little addicted to exaggeration sometimes).
A little more bad news? Stressballness at work and collapsing at home means way less time for bloggy activities. Not only have I abandoned my own, but I've also been neglecting friend-blogs, which I hate doing! So if I'm a regular commenter and have seemed silent, that's why. I'm still reading! It's just mostly been straight from the feed-reader on my slowish phone during the commute home.
And there has been knitting going on (my cousin just had twin girls so my weekend was pretty much filled with baby booties), but not as much as I would like. Earlier this month, though, I got on a total sewing kick after some really cute patterns popped up in blog land.
First up, some tops! I used Rae's Ruffle Top Tutorial with a few mods. One I made without ruffle sleeves...
And one I made with...
I also did the little armpit scoop thingies, which, once I wore both tops, I decided makes the top more comfortable to wear.
I deviated from the pattern in that I didn't do pleating on the back piece (I actually made one more of these tops, my first, fully to spec and it made me look like I was 9 months pregnant). Instead, I cut it so that the top of the piece was the same width as the front after pleating and the bottom was the same. I also made the bottom quite a bit narrower because of aforementioned pregnant look.
This is, like, the perfect summer top pattern. Easy to execute and I wear these all the time!
Next up, a skirt, from Amazing Mae. Again, very easy to make, and great, wearable outcome.
The only change I made was to omit the drawstring (because I got lazy).
Hooray for awesomely written sewing tutorials and new summer clothes!
Now if only there were more warm days in San Francisco in which to wear these clothes...