For my birthday recently, I purchased two simplicity sewing patterns. I figured simple top (#4177) and trousers (#4023) patterns would start me off on the right foot. In the past week and a half (how’s that for productivity/slacking in my other duties!), I’ve sewn three shirts I’m pretty happy with. If nothing else, I have three new tops proudly crafted from charity shop duvets and sheets (except for the tiny fruit sleeves, which were from my stash), and have learned a bit more about edging and hemming rounded necks. In terms of the pattern, I modified the short sleeves a bit, since the cotton fabric (although recommended) made a stiffer, awkward looking sleeve. To fix this, I gathered it on the outer edge and made a sort of puff/cap-sleeve. Unfortunately, this image has ‘broken’ over time on my blog. On the second shirt (the fruit one) I even got brave enough to stitch in a few lines of “decorative” stitching with my basic sewing machine.