The beautiful, summery weather we've been having so far this September called for a new tank top. Since making my four Sorbettos, I've discovered how nice it is to wear non-jersey and non-stretchy tank tops: light and breezy woven cotton prints make far better summer tops. This time I sewed a Wiksten tank top, which is a simple pattern with extremely clean design and cut: gracefully curved edges, no frilly elements, and very tidy finishings that use French seams, and bindings on the inside. It's really a lovely pattern. If I had one criticism, I'd say that the back neckline is too high, and should be scooped a little bit more - a modification that I will make next time I sew this pattern.
I made it in light, gauzy linen, which is a perfect fabric for hot weather, but not when you go hiking through sweltering forests - it kind of looks like it badly needs some ironing, doesn't it?
Other remarks I have to make aren't about sewing, but about my gray hair, which is showing bright and shiny in the photo because, as I've discovered, in broad daylight the one white hair among the countless brown ones seems to sparkle and outshine its darker neighbors, so that my hair suddenly looks not just graying, but quite white. (I will not comment on the fact that I'm obviously at that terrible hair-stage while outgrowing my pixie-crop, and badly need a haircut). So, after just over a year of not coloring my hair, here are some gray-hair-related remarks:
- I've had the shocking experience of a man getting up in a city-bus to let me take his seat. Shocking because I didn't think that anyone was so civil any more ... of course.
- Around here, I'm always the only woman under 70 with gray hair, which sometimes makes me depressed (I'll be honest), but other times makes me feel different in a good, unique way.
- In the past 365+ days, since stopping coloring my hair, I've never once been tempted to pull out that leftover package of hair-dye, and start all over again the enslavement to a hair product - my graying hair still feels light and free.