I finished off Simplicity 3696 tonight, woo!
I abandoned my "dark blue cuff" idea and just added a strip of red fabric cut with the selvages. I think it looks like a long cuff and looks more like a feature and less like "I didn't have enough fabric." I have other ideas for future shirts, such as sewing multiple strips of fabric together as a cuff, or to pintuck the cuffs.
You can see the slubbiness of the fabric. Antoinette was asking if it's soft. It's ok. Not really scratchy, but not very soft either. I think it will get softer over time, though I have no evidence of that, it's just a hunch.
I wound up ripping out the old gathers and putting in new ones.
these are the old gathers:
these are the new gathers:
I think I might actually like the old gathers better. Sigh. That was 20 minutes of my life, gone.
Back update: My back is so much better. I woke up Monday morning and felt fine which was pretty wild after Sunday night's pain
Knee update: I have to check my pain spreadsheet, but I think I had a week without knee pain, but it's been coming back. My right knee has been hurting since Saturday. I see Len on Friday and hope he can help me out.
New pain: something in my shoulder--hmm..we'll see where that's going...
Nostalgia: It was a year ago that we went to Kauai. Oh, nostalgia.