Aunt Emily

Emily Bowyer Hammel was my father's older sister. She was the dearest person I've ever known. Over several adolescent summers, she patiently taught me how to sew and how to cook. I loved her. Sadly, she has been gone these few years and I miss her very much. However, I am carrying on her legacy of sewing and trying to carry on her legacy of caring.

Tuesday, August 25

Question of the Day - Tops and Dress - Simplicity 2836

I posted about this pattern earlier this year. I am finally getting around to showing the results of the three items I made with it. Somehow I'd forgotten them last week when I posted about my summer sewing.

First up is a tunic in a semi-sheer muslin. This fabric is from deep, deep stash - I may have had it since the late 70's, or maybe the early 80's. I know I had it before I got married in 1986! I just loved the combo of the fabric and tunic - put me in mind of the "old days". I've worn it several times, and it looks good with khaki Capri's as well as jeans.

Then I made a second tunic using a pre-crinkled heavier cotton from It is so warm, I haven't really been able to wear it anywhere as yet - I've put it on twice and felt too hot to wear it. So it may be a transitional item. You can't see the detail, but I put on aqua ric-rac at the yoke, then beaded each point with a teal bead on the inside points and a yellow bead on the outside points. The yellow are quite tiny and are hard to see.

The third item was a dress from the same tunic/dress pattern. It is in a polished cotton, in a wild combo of bright pink and yellow with a few touches of green. I've worn it several times and it is cool and comfortable. On the neckline, I inserted a double piping. I've never done it before. I ended up sort of "rolling" the facing over the edges of the piping to create a third line of piping with the garment fabric. Don't ask me how I did it, I don't think I could repeat it! 8-))

So the question of the day: What sewing "misadventure" that you thought was a mistake turned out to be a good addition to the garment??

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My sewing misadventure was believing something you wrote on your blog. If you're going to talk about a pattern & show people the clothes you made using that pattern, do the right thing & tell those people the CORRECT pattern number. This pattern is Simplicity 2635, not Simplicity 2836. It's extremely annoying trying to find a pattern when you've got the wrong pattern number!