Monday, April 4, 2011

The Anna tunic and spring tulips

Monday already?  I know I'm not the only one thinking that this morning.  At least I hope not.  However, it is supposed to get up to 80 (!) today, and I'll gladly suffer through a Monday for that.

We had a lowkey weekend.  No guests, no plans.  We did our grocery shopping Friday night and came home to a power outage--those are getting more and more common and I'm not a fan.  Saturday we had a few errands to run, including an oil change for ol' Gus, who has been going on the same oil since October, even though we did the 800-mile move in January.  He's alive, that's all that matters.  With all the free time I decided to finally tackle the Amy Butler Anna tunic.  This tunic would've only taken me one day if it weren't for those damned yokes.  I know I've read countless other blogs talking about the yokes--some wanted to scream at them, others didn't have a problem, and I have to say, they made me rethink completing it.  The diagrams didn't make sense and it took hours to finally understand.

If anyone is having the trouble I did, just keep going.  It helped me to take a break (for the night) and to visalize it.  It also helped to pin the arm holes closed.  Ms. Butler doesn't mention it, but I kept sewing the yoke on and getting it stuck inside.  Also, I basted each time until I was absolutely sure I had it.  It took three bastings, but I finally got it!

There are, of course, a few small mistakes, but I don't think they're noticeable to anyone but me.  I hope not, anyway.  Just don't tell me if they are.

As I've said before, I'm the world's worst hand-sewer, so the buttons were less than fun.  I'm hoping they don't fall off.  But hey!  I sewed buttons!  Never done that before.

To usher in spring I bought some flowers from Whole Foods.  Everyone has been talking about ranunculus lately, and I almost went for those, but I like to buy flowers that haven't opened yet and all the bouquets were open.  Boo.  I'm also eagerly awaiting peony season.  They're one of my favorites!

I bought tulips instead.  I love tulips more than anything.  These, amazingly, were all tight and closed when I picked them up.  I put them in a vase once I got home and then went back to sewing.  Once I was done with the tunic I walked into the kitchen and they looked like this!  I was surprised beyond anything.  They're now sitting next to the sewing machine.

So that was my weekend.  Coming this week: books!  And hopefully a job for Nick!  And a sewing class with Betz White!  And Jake's birthday!  And drag queen brunch!  It's going to be a good week.


  1. That tunic is wonderful! Great job! I forgot all about the Anna tunic until this post. Thank you for reminding me! What is the print of that fabric? It is absolutely lovely.

  2. Thanks! You should definitely give it a whirl. The print is Erin Michaels Uptown, and you may be able to find it on etsy or eBay, but I bought it in 2007 and have it just sitting around since. Here's a link from True Up I found about it: She also did a line called Lush for Moda which features a deer paint-by-number scene. I'm a sucker for paint-by-numbers.

    Okay, I'm officially wordy.

  3. Thank you so much! I appreciate wordiness- really, I do. I haven't really explored True Up, but I think I might be hooked now. I'd definitely going to try the Anna Tunic. Thanks!


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