I submitted my dissertation about 30 minutes ago! *phew* Finally! It’s a little late, but I also wrote a fellowship application too last week and, to be honest, the prospect of getting a funded postdoctoral position was a stronger motivator than … writing something that no one else will read. It’s sad, but really, no one will read my dissertation. Oh, people will (and have) read the papers I published using my dissertation research, but not the actual document. But still, it’s great to cross “Finish thesis” off of my “To do” list.
Anyway, over the weekend I finally finished my version of Colette Pattern’s Jasmine blouse! “Seifuku” is the term for a Japanese school uniform and my completed shirt…really does make me look like a Japanese student, at least with this styling. But then again, I tend to gravitate toward outfits like this. =) Since the cherry blossom trees were blooming in the UW Quadrangle and the sun was out, I took a break on Sunday for some pictures.
I made this version my own by 1.) using stiffer fabrics than the ones recommended and 2.) shortening the sleeves. I have enjoyed seeing all the delicate versions of Jasmine, but I personally feel awkward wearing fabrics that I have to worry about. (I’m some what accident prone and tend to bump into inanimate objects.) I made this version using linen/polyester fabrics leftover from my Lisette Market skirt, which I should write about one day. Double yay, I get to reduce my fabric horde!
As for the sleeves, I thought the length was a bit mature and lady-like for me, at least for right now. So I just shortened the main sleeve piece and lengthened the armband to match, which I think worked splendidly. I really love the design (no buttons/zippers!) and am planning to make at least one more in a more versatile color scheme.
Cherry blossom season is really one of my favorite times of the year. After the gradual descent into winter, the cotton-candy sakura and the candy-yellow daffodils seems like a reward for sticking out the drab months. And pink trees always remind of Dr. Seuss.
Go ahead and stamp my otaku/weeaboo card. I’m too busy enjoying the fleeting nature of the sakura.
Anyway, thank you to my husband, who I dragged out of bed into the sunlight over the weekend! It really was a beautiful day…at least for a couple hours. And then the rain clouds blew in… but it is Seattle. You learn to take advantage of nice weather when you can. =)