Greetings you crazy barn cats. Seriously, no matter what the housecats are telling you it’s ok that you have 8 toes on each foot. We still love you.

OK! So, hot on the heels of yesterday’s rather pathetic post re. time management, here I am with a half a post. Really, a quarter. Rather than pulling together ALL of my fall tops (there are 4), I just pulled ONE fabric and pattern to show you today!

{simplicity 2936}

Pretty basic, right? I know, I know. I was thinking of making another of Colette’s Violet from this fabric – and in fact, view B of this pattern is a LOT like the Violet – with, you know. With different darts, shoulder seams, neckline… I’ve had this pattern since last fall and it’s pretty relaxed and unstructured and I like the finished garment pictures on pattern review, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m trying to bring more actual “blouses” into my wardrobe. I so love me some knit tops!

The fabric is completely nasty. It’s a super slippery ecru terrible…. um, I’m not sure what this fabric is! The pattern comes from the weaving, not from a print. In any case, it’s 100% handmade and likely will make me want to stab myself in the eye with a dollmaking needle.

So there’s one blouse down! Three to go. Full disclosure…. the other three pieces of fabric I pulled for tops are all knits. They’re just so COZY in the winter! What do you guys all wear on your top halves in the winter?? Double gold stars to those chiming in from icy cold climates similar to Minneapolis…

….And WOW! You guys had a lot of good ideas in response to yesterday’s post about my lack of time now that I have a full-time job! From my lightening fast reading of comments it seems that not cleaning, making mr. bug do more cleaning and cooking less ranked as the favorite methods of gaining work-week sewing time. Awesome! I feel honor-bound to confess to all you feral cats that my husband is already the head cleaner and clothes washer of the household. I am head cook and logistics manager. ALTHOUGH, that may change if I can get him to agree that nachos and ramen noodles with ketchup are not actual meal options… except then I might have to clean the bathroom…


  1. Shannon says:

    I can defentitly chime in from Montana! I agree with Solvi 100% on the natural fibers, wool and silk long underwear (leggings and long sleeve shirts) are the only way to go. Then layer with jeans, trousers, or a long skirt; short skirts are a go on those warmer days–20 degrees and over.. ;) Then add a cardigan or sweater or another long sleeve and some wrist warmers that cover the back of your hands and you are good to go. Oh, and wool socks, can’t forget the wool socks–some knee high ;)

    Wow, writing about all these warm clothes is getting me super excited for the cold, yay winter. {smile}

  2. Alessa says:

    No idea if Minneapolis and Berlin have similar climates, although I think they might. I love my knit tops, too. I usually rock the t-shirt-over-longsleeves look with a skirt, microfibre tights and a chunky knit cardi. And a shawl. And possibly wrist and leg warmers. :D
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  3. Tanit-Isis says:

    Last winter, via self-stitching, I discovered the wonder of the long sleeved top! Yes, I haven’t had a top with long-enough sleeves since I was probably twelve or so (darned monkey arms). So for me this was a keep-warm-revelation. Obviously this may not apply to everybody. My next-best suggestion would be stylish layers—cardigans, jackets, sweaters, wraps, shrugs… as many as needed.

    Also, you can get nice smooth black microfibre long underwear that looks ALMOST like tights (or at least leggings) when worn under skirts and boots.
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  4. LaUra says:

    I can certainly chime in that last winter I learned that nothing is as warm as a silk scarf even though it’s so slim and silky. I’d like to think that armed with that knowledge I’ll make several silk shells or camis, but I also love the knit top. I have to go with layers too, because I’ve found that most MN workplaces are hopelessly overheated.
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  5. Shelly says:

    Me, I can’t go past a knit top. They are so snuggly expecially layered together which is a must here down under in Melbourne. The more the better as far as I’m concerned. Having said that, I am trying to add some blouses to give my closet a little bit of pizzazz!!

    Do I get double stars too! ;D
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  6. Sølvi says:

    I couldn´t resist the temptation of double gold stars, so I´ll chip in from Scandinavia, and tell you that for me, it is all about layering. And natural fibers. I love me some silk and merino wool and silk/wool blends closest to the body.Mmm…If that is covered, I can wear pretty much what ever on top, because of the isolating and breathing qualities of the fabrics closest to my body. :-)
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