I’ve been puttering around kind of wracking my brain over a jacket and making a skirt way more difficult than necessary.  I was just thinking that I needed to just take an hour or so and make a knit top to give my mind a break but still give my creativity a boost.  At that very moment, I came across Trena’s post about leap day and wearing yellow and blue (leap days’ official colors apparently) and inspiration struck.  I was not only inspired by her yellow, but by the opportunity to colorfully celebrate the 220th birthday of Rossini, who is in my top 5 of favorite opera composers.

I’ve had remnants of the Milly rayon jersey I used for this dress hanging about waiting for a project.  I thought about making pajama shorts and a cami, but I didn’t have quite enough.  My coral Jalie scarf collar top is getting a little threadbare, so I’ve been kicking around the idea of replacing it.  When I saw Trena’s lovely yellow dress, I knew what I had to do.  I had just enough to squeeze a cap-sleeved version of the scarf collar out of the scraps I had leftover from the dress.  I cut it out at 4 pm and had all but the hems and side seams finished by 5 when the kids woke up.

I came back after dinner to finish though only to find that the ceiling in the sewing room was leaking!  Ack!  You can imagine how excited I was about being a plumbing assistant.

By the time I got back to it, I had very little time to wear it and “officially” celebrate leap day, so I decided to declare it leap week.  I leave you with some Beverly Sills and “Una Voce Poco Fa” from the Barber of Seville. (could this woman have been more brilliant?)

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  1. Lita Jones Reply

    I love your yellow top and the pattern seems to be very adaptable. I also really need quick projects these days. I seem to have lost my sewing mojo and have been busy knitting.

    Thank you for the link to Beverly Sills. I have been a fan of hers for a long time. I bet you already know her family called her Bubbles. I was also enjoying the dress she was wearing. It was in a soft color to look very young and virginal which was at odds to the lyrics of an imp. Also the jewels and feathers on the dress let us know she a member of a very well to do family. I did make a few costumes for the local theater in the past.

    You really get a lot of sewing done during nap time. Ir reminds of Nancy Zeman’s {?} book TEN, FIFTEEN, TWENTY MINUTES TO SEW. You are doing many of the things she suggests. I am really looking forward to more of your sewing adventures.

  2. Ha! Plumbing disasters never happen at good times.
    I don’t know if I’ve seen a short sleeved version of the scarf collar top. The yellow is so cheerful. I just bought this pattern, so I’m glad to see people are still making it (:

  3. I hope your plumbing issue was resolved over the weekend! There is nothing more ominous than that little drip drip drip of water. Other home maintenance stuff I don’t love but can deal with, but when I had a leak I really wished I was still renting.

    Love your leap day outfit! So festive. `-)

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