Earlier in the week I found myself with exactly 2.5 hours in which to sew, when fate collided to place one child at a friend's house and another on a large inflatable raft having a hose pipe squirted at her (apparently it was more fun than you could ever imagine). Such a small window of time put a stop to all my usual shilly-shallying over fabric choices. I went straight to some cheerful Anna Maria Horner voile Little Honey in Ink that I bought last summer and took my sheers to it. The pattern is my own - a mixture of several tops that I've made in the past.
It would have been completed inside the 2.5 hours, had I not sewn the entire neck binding in place before suddenly remembering a top of Kate's that I'd fallen in love with. The thought of it made me think how much I'd like to have a pleat, rather than gathering at the neck (which is what I had there at the time). In reality I can see now that my memory of Kate's top wasn't overly accurate since hunting it down to show you here (her top is far more graceful and elegant than mine and has good deal more pleat action going on) but it was the inspiration for wielding a seam ripper on the freshly stitched binding - thanks, Kate!
I can't remember exactly where I bought this fabric now, but a quick search online reveals that both Ray-Stitch and Saints & Pinners still stock it this year. The Little Folks voiles range is one of my favourite Anna Maria Horner's fabric lines ever - it is making me feel a little panic stricken that the time may come when this collection is obsolete. I'm sure this fabric would make a wonderful dress for a child too...I think that was the purpose for which I'd chosen it originally actually. Oh dear. Selfish Mummy.
Wishing you a lovely weekend,