Simplicity 2603 has almost 100 reviews on Patternreview with good reason. I think it's adaptable to all seasons and many styles. My sleeveless versions take a yard or less and don't even have a finished hem. I like having a loose fitting but not tentlike top when the weather is this steamy. The black and fuchsia print is a lovely design but the fabric was snaggy and a PITA to sew. I can see why it was on the G Street sample table and doubt that it would pass for garment production. The blue purple is leftover Fabric Mart Vera Wang knit, terrific to sew and wear.
I've adjusted the cardi in S 2603 to make the neckline and front edges narrower and shorter so that the drape of the fabric is not overwhelming. It's a poly sweater knit from Hancock's closing in Florida a few years ago. I sewed up one of these knits and couldn't believe how hot it was despite the open weave. Gave a bunch of them away but I love the colors of this green one. But I won't even consider modeling it for pictures. I'll wear it when the weather turns chilly in the fall with a twist tip in olive green and jeans.
Since my sewing room has been so hot, I have been doing more reading than usual each day. Here's what's on my nightstand:
This is the third of the Outlander series and I'm hooked. Historical novels with intrigue, history and culture and passionate romance. perfect summer steamy reading. This one is more than 800 pages. Reminds me of the summer I was 17 and read Gone with the Wind in a few late evenings after working each day.
If you like reading Anne Lamott then Kate Braestrup is an author you would most likely enjoy as well. Her first book, Here If You Need Me is about her life as a community chaplain for the Maine Forest Service and recent young widow. Funny, tender, caring, she's the person I would like to have by my side through life's most difficult moments.
I've been listening to this one in my sewing room. It's my book group selection for tonight. Joseph Priestley was an astonishing scientist, religious thinker, politician and friend of all our Founding Fathers in the US. One of the most remarkable things he discovered, although he didn't even understand the full scope of it, is the astonishing connection between animal and plant life....the ecosystem which supports our lives. His home experiments noticed that a plant left in a vacuum still lived for days and days while a living animal did not survive for more than a few moments. Fascinating story although I would recommend reading it in hard copy rather than listening to it since it is technical in many parts.
And lastly, I was cooking up a storm last week. Each year our church has an auction and we try to offer an activity to share among members who have the winning bid. For the past few years we've been offering a "Floribbean dinner" with a menu that is a little spicy, a little Southern and lots of fun. Saturday we had six guests and here's the menu:
Drinks and appetizers on the deck: ice tea, homemade sangria, beer, wine, cheese coins, shrimp, mango, avocado appetizer with chips.
Dinner inside is Cuban pork roast, rice, bean and corn cold salad, tossed green tropical salad, bread & butter, followed by Key Lime Pie for dessert. These are recipes from our beloved Cooks Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen cookbooks and website...except for the great appetizer recipe which I've linked for you.
|appetizers waiting to go outside|
The most requested recipe of the evening:
Ok, let's close with a sing along and samba along for the day...