Sleep seems to be the most expendable resource at my disposal this month. It's not that I'm purposely depriving myself of sweet slumber in order to cram more productive hours into a day, it's just working out that way. Adrenaline and stress really mess with my ability to achieve restful shuteye . I'm starting to feel the effects, but I'm not complaining, because I know it's a temporary evil. AND, I've been managing to accomplish a fair amount of progress in the extra hours I've gained as a result. I'm steadily knitting away on my July sweater; it's experienced measurable growth since its last mention. I also cast-on a sock. Just one. And, it too is starting to show promise. Last, but certainly not least, I set my mind to some sewing....just not the sewing I intended to start. Instead, I pulled a piece of springy green cotton from my stash and did this:
The entirety of this project took place in two short, strong bursts of motivation. It was effortless and easy, and the whole time I spent focused on cutting, piecing and sewing this outfit together, I was able to stop thinking about everything else. I've never consciously used crafting as means of escapism before, but this month, sewing dutifully served as a means of mental/emotional recuperation; Like burying your nose in a novel or eating spoonfuls of frosting from the container; you know the stuff. It's an exciting discovery.
Equally exciting: debuting this ensemble at a wedding this weekend.
The top is view 1 of Simiplicity 6358
The skirt is the short version of Simplicity 8550, minus an additional three inches length
These patterns were never intended to be mated, but I think they look like they were made for each other. I used a light-weight damask cotton (supposedly African) as my primary fabric and a light-weight grey lining. The cotton is gorgeous and has a beautiful sheen to it; yet, it was cool and breathable through the outdoor festivities. If it didn't wrinkle so easily, it would be my new favorite fabric.
I don't feel comfortable placing bets as to the completion of my other scheduled projects this month, but I'm definitely exceeding my earlier expectations and heading in a good direction.