Why didn't I start de-stashing sooner? This using-what-I-have phase is so satisfying! So cheap! So very inexpensive! And did I mention cost-effective? Most latterly off my sewing machine is a new top, made from a Japanese cotton gifted to me by my neighbour.
The pattern, New Look 6080, was simple and yet had nice little design features, like french darts and cute little pintucks. Instead of using a facing, I finished the neckline with a bias-strip made from the same fabric. Here are those features up close:
It's a great late-summer top to go with jeans or a skirt. I'm wearing it lots.
Speaking of tomatoes, because we were doing that last post, thanks for the recommendations for things to make. I made another Annabel Langbein recipe, harvest tomato sauce, and it is tomato-sational. The best thing I've made this season. Sorry, make that best equal, since I also made the tomato sauce recipe out of the Edmonds book, which turned out to be fabulous. This fabulous:
Yes it's just about all gone after a few sessions of saussies, fish'n'chips, and homemade chippies. Nom nom nom.
And since the title of this post includes "being good lookin", I will finish up by telling you that I spent my Christmas gift voucher from my father-in-law on a new lipstick and some mascara. It's the first make up I've bought in about 5 years. It felt good.