I already made this pattern once, in black striped cotton. I liked that first version so much that I thought it would be useful to have a second summer top, but this time in natural muslin, to match my muslin Simplicity 7880 skirt that I wore for these photos from last summer.
Mr Rat has been busy with work and so I took these simple photos myself on our patio, using a tripod and the self-timer feature on our camera. It is such a pleasure to have a garden of our own, even if it is small and young and somewhat battered from the unexpected hailstorm that blew through the morning I took these photos of my (relatively) recently completed blouse. The sunflowers have big buds on the top, and my cheerful marigolds are just barely starting to bloom. Not bad for 99-cent store four-for-a-dollar seeds.
I don't think there is much to add about the construction of this blouse, since I made the same version in the same way that I did last time. This time I accidentally got some wrinkles across the back of the yoke, but given that it is muslin and tends to be a little creased and wrinkled anyway, I don't mind it. I like the cool, light, gentle, and casual look of muslin in the summertime. Do you have a favorite fabric for a particular season? I feel like winter is time for heavy wool in black and grey, and summer is time for white and cream colored muslin.
Gia Sick graphite on paper 2018
This past month has been a hard one. Mr Rat and I have been calling home often to hear about our families' latest troubles (which don't need to be listed here), while meanwhile we've been dealing with trouble of our own: at the end of May, we noticed that our dog, Gia, was feeling ill. By June 1st, we were very concerned, and when she woke us in the middle of the night by throwing up all of her food and then laying panting and insensible on the floor, we decided to rush her to the all-night emergency room at the animal hospital. A very long four hours later, we found out that she is diabetic. This has been a hard adjustment for us all, since now Gia needs twice-a-day insulin shots after her meals, she can't have very many treats or snacks or trimmings from the counter when I'm cooking, and even with her new medication, she is still more easily fatigued than she used to be.
Learning how to take care of our best friend's new needs has been absorbing a lot of our time and energy over the past month, so I'm afraid that all my hopes to make new posts fell by the wayside as I tried to balance attention for Gia with finishing a commissioned painting and doing some sewing and crocheting during moments of rest. Now that we are getting used to the insulin injections and are getting into more of a routine, I hope to start posting here more regularly again. I miss sharing the things I'm working on, and having a reason to take pictures on our walks and outings.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.