Monday, October 21, 2013

Done Blogging (At Least For Awhile)

Hey there! So, I've decided to stop working on this blog, at least for awhile. I'm just not enjoying it as much as I used to. I'll still be reading blogs - mostly lurking, but sometimes commenting. I love seeing what you all are doing, but I'm less motivated to write about my sewing anymore. I will still be posting items to Kollabora, and you can still reach me here if you have any questions or comments. You guys have been awesome readers!

You can find me on Kollabora here.
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You can also find me on the MacGuffin and Super Awesome Film Club.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hollyburn Skirt #3

Not much to say here, just a Fall Hollyburn.

The fabric is a stretch sateen I bought from ages ago. I love this skirt pattern so much, and feel great whenever I wear something made from it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vogue 8876

Before the weather turns, I thought I would make one of the dresses from my summer wishlist before it gets too late. I had so much fun making Vogue 8813, I thought I would make another Marcy Tilton dress.

Here I am in the dress:

Rear View:


This dress was fun to make. Right now, my least favorite part of sewing is the prep work. (I hate cutting stuff out.) And this had a lot of pieces. But, once I got everything cut out, it was pretty straightforward to sew; I just followed the instructions. It's says average on the pattern envelope, and I would say that is accurate. There is a lot of hand sewing, but nothing complicated. There is supposed to be a ribbon in the collar to cinch it up, but I really like it just the way it is. I have some ribbon for it, and may choose to add it at a later date.

Here is the line drawing so you can get a sense of the details that don't show up in my picture:

The fit on this is supposed to be very loose, but I don't really like that. I choose the size that was just a couple of inches above my own measurements, and then took it in a little along the side seams. I did not make a muslin of this because I am a daredevil, and I figured the 40 million inches of ease would give me something to play with.

The fabric I used for this dress is an amazing linen I bought at Fabricmart earlier in the summer. (I have one piece of linen left over from that order. It's going to be an awesome top for Fall. I hope.) It was a dream to sew and is on the heavier side, so it should work well for the transition to Fall. I purchased the buttons at Nancy's Sewing Basket, my neighborhood fabric store.

Button closeup:

I had a lot of fun making this dress, and hope to have as much fun wearing it. I'm trying to incorporate more red into my wardrobe. I think this will do. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Simplicity 1693 Redux

Ok, you may or may not remember my crazy hat shirt from last January, but now that I am smaller, I  resized the pattern and gave it another shot. I saw a lot of online sales this past holiday weekend, but I decided that instead of adding to my stash (which is quite big enough) I would buy something locally and make it up over the weekend. I spent a little more per yard than I usually do, but the fabric was so lovely, I could not help myself. It's a Nani Iro double gauze and I love it to death.

Here it is made into a shirt.

I chose this pattern because it is a very simple pullover style, but man are those sleeves kinda big. This fabric has little drape, and while it works for the body, it makes the sleeves more bell-like than I would have chosen. (I feel like they look bigger in real life.) I went a little big, to create a boxier profile in the body, but I'm not sure if I am going to keep the sleeves this way or modify them to look smaller. (Any thoughts?) I am also wondering if the shirt looks oversized or just too big. I'll wear it a few times and see what I think. This is a very versatile pattern for me because I can modify it, and the next version will have a simple cap sleeve, I think.

I did make a muslin of this because the bust dart was waaaaaaaaaay too low for me. I raised it and then rotated the dart ends up a little towards the armpit. Sometimes when the dart end is lower than the point, it can look a little funny on me. This was a pretty easy fix and something I may do more often. (I also lengthened the dart, but I almost always do that anyway. Since I've lost weight, I think the hardest change to make has been determining where I want the dart to end. Still working on it.

I have been trying not to buy a lot of new fabric since I already have a fairly large stash, but I don't want to limit the inspiration that can come from having new fabrics. So I've decided it's okay to buy new fabric, but they need to go in the "sewing soon" pile instead of the bins.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Comments and Io's First Project

I got a comment from Uta the other day letting me know that she could not leave a comment on this blog while viewing from Bloglovin. I signed up for an account, (Did not like it fyi. I'm using feedly and am pretty happy with that.) tried it myself, and was unable to leave a comment. I have done nothing on this end to block folks from bloglovin, so I am going to assume it is a bug on their end. Unfortunately, if you want to leave a comment and you use bloglovin, you will have to come directly to my blog. Sorry about that.

*Added* So not everyone is having a bloglovin issue it turns out. Ah technology.

Myself, I am a HUUUUGE lurker. Turns out, I am as huge an introvert on the internets as I am in real life. I have a small core of people that I feel comfortable commenting on, but often times I just read and enjoy. There's a awful lot of noise out there, and I am hesitant to add much to it. Because I am not a huge commenter, I don't get a lot of comments, which I am cool with. I am also really bad about commenting on a stranger's blog after they comment on mine. The social obligations of commenting can be overwhelming for me. Which is weird because other folks have no problems navigating this stuff. I love getting comments though, and truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to say hey.

In other news, my daughter has asked for sewing lessons. Here she is with her first project:

I  received this upholstery fabric by mistake from (They used to have this bug where if they were out of the fabric you ordered, instead of telling you, they would send you a kind of ugly fabric instead. This happened to me three times.) I just washed it up and had her hem the edges. Now she has a throw to keep in her car for emergency picnics and such. She turns 23 next week. Sigh.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Simplicity 5193

Simplicty 5193 is another OOP pattern (from 2004) that I made when it first came out. I've been wearing the original dress so often lately, that I thought I would make another one, but go down one size.

It's just a simple empire waist dress that goes on over the head with no zipper. I think the bodice is a little too long, but I wasn't particularly interested in fixing it this go round. I wear the older version all the time, so I'm probably not going to sweat the imperfections. I'm still not feeling up to par, and only have so much energy right now. I'm just trying to focus on simple things that I will wear a lot.

I did add a little embroidery to the bodice.

I made it up as I went along, and when I paused to see how this looked on, I really liked the simplicity of it. Just a little pop of color. 

The fabric is a stretch linen from Fabricmart, and this was such an easy dress to make, I just glanced over the instructions to make sure there wasn't something crucial I was missing. It's a simple, comfy dress to help me transition into fall. (Which I am in denial about. I am holding on the last dregs of summer.)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vogue 8813

So, I was in the mood for something a little different. I thought I would sew outside of my usual style, so I grabbed a copy of Vogue 8813 (A Marcy Tilton pattern) and gave it a whirl.

It calls for a fabric with a lot of drape, so I ordered a linen gauze from fabricmart, but it turns out this particular gauze is kind of stiff. I thought about it, and decided to go for it anyway.

 Here is a close up of the gathers. I added some white French knots to add a little visual interest.

This pattern is waaaaaaay out of the usual for me, but I kind of really dig it. It seems like a fall dress to me, so I won't be wearing it for awhile, but I think it will look cute with leggings and a sweater.

It was super fun and pretty easy to sew. The construction was unlike anything I had ever made before, so I just followed instructions and had no problems. The sizing runs a little big, so I went with the garment measurements to pick my size. I would have no idea how to adjust the pattern for fitting, but the upper side seams can be brought in and the width of the gathering in front can be fiddled with for a better fit. I accidentally tossed the piece that tells you how wide the gathering is supposed to be, so I just messed around until I came up with something I liked. (4 inches for me.) The gathering is done by zigzagging over perl cotton, which I did not have, so I used embroidery floss instead. Worked just fine for me (and gave me the idea for the French knots. Which you know I love.) I don't think I need another one of these, but this was enjoyable to make, and I bet it's going to be fun to wear.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Simplicity 7086

Oh man, did I have the worst flu ever. Knocked me out for a couple of weeks. Feeling better though and had enough energy to make myself a new blouse. (My daughter was kind enough to take a goofy picture for me.)

It's Simplicity 7086, and OOP pattern from 2002. I made 3 versions back in the day, and still had two of them in my closet that fit me now. The pattern has a fun, vintage vibe that looks great with my Hollyburn skirts.

It's a pretty straightforward and easy pattern. I haven't made anything with a collar or buttonholes for a while, but they went along easy peasy. I always dread buttonholes, but only because I forget how fast and easy my machine makes them. (I am a big fan of the Brother buttonholes.) The pattern calls for an armhole facing, but I finished with self-made bias tape instead. The fabric is a mini-gingham that came in one of my Fabricmart mystery boxes. All-in-all a fun and easy experience. (Maybe one more in Liberty? Hmmm.)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Liberty Love

I haven't been feeling well enough to get any sewing done this week, so here is a picture of some lovely liberty fabrics I recently purchased. I won't be cutting into these until my weight settles, because at over $30+ per yard, I want to be sure I get a lot of use out of them!

Health Update: My new Doctor has figured out what is causing my arthritis (bacteria in my gut) and we are working to make things better. I still have ups and downs, but am in less pain and slowly improving. I can still only eat about 10 different things (everything else makes me sick) so please take a moment and enjoy your meals a little extra for me!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Roller Coaster

For those of you who are interested in the roller coaster, here is a video my friend Greg made. (I am the Heidi referenced in the video. It's my nickname.)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 5th of July and a Denim Hollyburn

I'm still recovering from the 4th, which at our house is celebrated with a BBQ, a roast pig, the roller coaster my husband built in the yard, bb guns, crazy amounts of fireworks, and anyone we can convince to come over. This year managed to be both epic and mellow, and now that I've cleaned up the house (my husband is still outside picking up the shrapnel) I have a moment to breathe. I managed to sew up a denim Hollyburn skirt on the 3rd, and wore it to celebrate the Independence of my country. Here I am with my niece Alice, who just turned 4.

This skirt was as easy and satisfying to make as the last one. I did try to insert a slot zipper, but quite frankly, that was a debacle. I ripped it out and inserted an invisible zip. The top stitching is all in red, as is the zipper, and as soon as I find some buttons I like, I will add the tabs and buttons to the waistband. Or not. I'm not sure I'll ever tuck anything in with this one. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Hollyburn Skirt

I wanted the Hollyburn skirt from Sewaholic Patterns, so I just decided to go for it. (I was holding off until my weight stabilized, but I decided that I needed a cute linen skirt now. Because it is hot in Seattle and you know, I just need a cute skirt.) I've been on a linen kick lately (as in I have bought a lot of linen lately) and decided to just make it. Here it is with blouse untucked:

Blouse tucked in: 

Waistband details:

I love love love this skirt. It feels both 1950ish and 1970ish when I put it on, and I can push it towards a particular era by what blouse I choose. I've already got one planned in lightweight denim.

Fabric: A somewhat stiffish linen purchased recently at Fabricmart. The color is a light cornflower blue that I just love so much. 

Details: I followed the instructions for the pocket application, but then just did my own thing. I inserted an invisible zipper instead of the called for slot zipper, and added two vintage buttons on the waistband tabs. I added the tabs because even though I don't usually wear things tucked in, I wanted the option to do so. I also machine sewed the hem. I thought I needed an extra 1/2 inch in the waistband (I didn't) so I took the one-piece band, and turned it into a band with front and back sections so I could sew on the waistband before I did the side seams. I didn't make a muslin for this, so I wanted to make sure I could adjust if needed. I moved the tabs back a little so they covered the waistband side seams.

Difficulties: For some reason I had issues sewing the back seam right underneath the zipper. I had to rip it out a couple of times (which was annoyingly hard because the thread was a perfect match.) I ended up hand sewing for about an inch and a half. I was using my secondary machine for this, so maybe that has something to do with it. I just don't know.

Conclusion: I love the way this skirt looks and it was a pleasure to sew. I will definitely make more of them!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Simplicity 3887

Long-time readers (since 2008/2009) may remember the T-shirt substitute I used to make all the time, Simplicity 3887 OOP. I never used to be a big fan of the T-shirt, so I used this pattern to create a ton of cute, easy to iron cotton shirts. Now that I am rebuilding my wardrobe, I figured a needed a new one just to keep the tradition alive.

This is just a cute, colorful shirt to wear on a hot summer day. I used a quilting cotton I bought years ago in Portland, and did look at the instructions since I had not made the shirt in years. I went down a couple of sizes than what I might usually make, since this is one of those shirts where someone was on crack when they decided what an appropriate amount of ease is. The only change i made was to take a teeny tiny dart out of the back neck yoke because it was gaping a little.

Nothing fancy, but I wore all of my previous versions of this shirt to tatters, so I imagine I will with this one as well.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quickie Sorbetto

I took the fabric I had left over from the polka dot shift dress and made a quickie Sorbetto from Colette Patterns. I also took a quickie picture. (I might take a nicer one later if I am so inclined.)

All I did to resize this pattern was to take in the sides a bit. Looking at this picture, I might want to take a bit out of the lower armhole. I will also shorten the darts just a touch.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Look 6125 x 2

So, I've knocked off the first of my summer dress wishlist - not just once but twice! It's a very simple A-line dress from New Look. I was drawn to the simple lines of it and the easy sewing. The arthritis in my hands is doing better, but I'm not quite up to anything fancy yet.

Version 1:

This dress is made from a lightweight stretch cotton I purchased from Gorgeous Fabrics several years ago. I don't know why my grin is so goofy.

Version 2:

This one is made from another stretch cotton; this one from I did avoid putting a giant flower right across my bust, bit I could have placed it a little lower. Good enough though. As you can tell, I did not worry about pattern matching across the back pieces. I'm just not there right now.

I did not line either dress, and used bias tape to finish the neck and arm holes. The ease on this dress - if you follow the pattern envelope - is crazy large. I can see why folks on the internets complained about this being a tent dress. I choose to go down several sizes. If I was to use a non-stretch fabric I would think seriously about adding a zipper in the back. Rather than a tent, I feel like I have a cute 60's inspired dress. I did muslin this, and I'm happy I did. The darts needed lengthening, there was some gaping at the armhole, and some drag lines in the front. (Lengthening the darts and moving some of the fullness in the armhole got rid of the drag lines fyi.) I have plans to make this again in a lovely orange stretch linen I just bought. If I'm up to it, maybe some embroidery? I feel like I have been making the simplest of clothes lately, but they suit the summer, and I'm grateful to just be sewing. I feel like some of my interest is coming back.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Simplicity 9825

I needed a new skirt, so I dug into my pattern stash and pulled out Simplicity 9825, which I have made a zillion times over the years. (It is unsurprisingly out of print, although you can still get it on the Simplicity website.) It's a little big in the waist even though I tried to compensate for it during the fitting stage. But, I often have that issue, so no biggy. I'll fix it on the next round.

It's just a simple A-line skirt. I did not line it because I am a slip person, and I just wanted something easy to sew. One detail that is very hard to see is that I did 5 rows of top stitching on them hem. It's not super noticeable in real life because the thread is a very close match, but it is one of those nice details that makes things special.

Pattern: Simplicity 9825 (OOP)
Fabric: Lavender linen. (I forget where from.)
Sewing details: I've made this so many times, I didn't even think of looking at the instructions. The hem is machine stitched, but I hand stitched the yoke facing. (It usually is faster and cleaner for me to do it that way. Whenever I have tried to top stitch the yoke, it's always looked super crappy inside.) I inserted an invisible zipper, and I attached the yokes to the front and back pieces before I sewed up the sides, so I could work out any fitting issues.
Satisfaction: Pretty high. I think this will make a nice skirt for kicking around in over the summer.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rebuilding my Wardrobe

So, I have an interesting opportunity ahead of me, which is rebuilding my wardrobe - practically from scratch. I don't usually buy very many clothes, but I've had to buy some lately since nothing fits after an almost 40 pound weight loss. (For those that aren't regular readers this is illness-related. Please no congratulatory comments.) I've dug out some older clothes and culled through them to see which ones would still be wearable, and I've come up with a handful that will get me through for a while with a few store-bought items until I can make some more. I have been having more energy lately, so there has been a little sewing and I have a couple of projects waiting for pictures. But mostly I've been thinking about what I would like to have in the new updated closet.

  • Right now I have plenty of tops, so I'm not gonna focus on that, but I could use a few more hot-weather shirts.
  • More RED! Turns out I really love red and would like to incorporate more of it in my closet. My last wardrobe was more focused on blue. 
  • More solid color items to mix and match. I love prints, but it makes it harder with separates.
  • I need skirts. I'm down to just 2 or 3. Not good for a skirt-lover like me.
  • Dresses. Since I don't know where my weight will end up being, I'd like to focus on looser shapes that I won't have to alter in a couple of months. When I was larger, I tended towards more fitted dresses because they were more flattering. I'd like to experiment with new silhouettes to see what looks good now.
I have a new skirt ready to blog about, but I have some dress projects I'd like to work on next.

This is cute, and is more of an a-line dress than a tent dress if made in the appropriate size. (I have one of these in progress.)

So, this seems a little young for me, but I think I could age up the cap-sleeved version with an appropriate fabric and length. It seems like a cute way to salute the Gatsby drop-waisted trend without wearing a costume.

Vogue 8876. I have some red linen set aside for this. I'm not sure I'm up to it yet energy-wise, but it's on my list of things I'd really like to make.

These are just a few of the things I'd like to make, and I know I have to accept some weeks I won't feel like sewing. But it's been nice getting a few things done, and I can't wait to see how my closet will shape up.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Vogue 8468

Holy crap, I made something! Somehow everything aligned yesterday and both my fatigue and pain receded enough for me to get something done. Weird. I've started seeing a new doctor for my arthritis, but it's too early for anything to happen. Well, I just took it as a gift, and made a dress. I didn't want to make a muslin and I didn't want something I couldn't wear in a month or two. (I don't want to talk about what happened with my latest elimination diet, but I am left with only a few foods that I can eat anymore.) So, I went to my stash and grabbed 8468, which is from 2008, but which I had never made. I did my best to strike a sullen model pose. (Actually, it's just what I kind of look like.)

It's a basic shift dress with gathers under the front yoke, and I was always surprised that Vogue released it. Just doesn't seem their kind of thing.

It's pretty cute from the front and back, but the side view is hideous. I suspected it would be before I started; this style is just not suited for bosomy ladies. I'm gonna show you, because I really have no shame.

It's my grandmother's house dress. I was prepared, but jeez. So bad. However, it was nice just to st down at the sewing machine and make something uncomplicated. I've lost so much weight that almost I  need to refit all my tried and true patterns. Oh well. Maybe when I get well, I can enjoy the weight loss. Anyway, it's not my job to look good, so my dresses can be as unflattering as hell as long as I am having fun. 

Project Notes: I did not look at the pattern instructions, nor did I line this dress. ( I am a big fan of slips.) The fabric is a quilting cotton I bought years and years ago, and I just used bias tape on the neck and arm holes. The neckline was crazy high on this. I lowered it a bit and could have taken out even more. I'm not gonna make this again, but it will work as a shift around the house or when things get really hot outside.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Vogue Patterns, Summer 2013

Well, the new patterns are up on the Vogue site, and as usual there are some crazy poses and questionable fashion choices. There are a few cute dresses, but the one one that caught my eye the most was a lovely Kay Unger dress. I think the style lines are nice, but this fabric is AMAZING.

There was also a lot of crap, but this is the one I wondered about the most. These sleeves are awful.

Aw well, it's Vogue's usual mixed bag of hits and hideousness.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Renfrew Top 2

I want it to be noted that this top was finished before the deadline of Faye's Essential Tops Sew-a-Long, but I had to go camping (as sometimes you do) and did not have time to photograph it. Although, posting the picture was far less important to me than the inspiration Faye gave me to finish my two tops in the first place.

The top is a little loose around the hips, which I think works better in my mind than it does on my body. The pattern is developed for pear shapes, and as I am an hourglass, I might want to take it in a little down below. Although, to be real, it doesn't really affect the wearability of this top. The fabric is a cotton/lycra obtained at my neighborhood fabric shop, Nancy's Sewing Basket. It does wrinkle easily (as was shown in my last version of this top) but I don't care. It's a t-shirt people, I'm not going to iron it once I step away from the sewing table. The sleeves and neck binding are leftover from the last top I made. I like that top quite a bit, but it's a little subdued for me. For this one, the only change I made was to shave a little off the shoulders. I may take off some more.

So yes, I have been off camping and it was awesome. We needed some warmth, so we drove down to Northern California. How do I camp with crappy arthritis you ask? We have a little Airstream. And I love it. I can crawl up in the back and read books if I am having a crappy day.

And here was the view from our campsite. So peaceful.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Renfrew Top

Okey doke. I have made my first top for Faye's Essential Tops Sew-a-long. I made the Renfrew top from Sewaholic Patterns.

It's a little ripply around the sleeve and hem edges because I had to go in and sew another hemline, since the first one wasn't deep enough and the edges folded under. (Normally, I wouldn't care so much, but it showed with this fabric.) Throwing it in the wash should take care of it. (Pressing can only take out so much with this cotton lycra stuff.)

You may notice from the line drawings that the pattern calls for bands instead of hems on the arms and bottom.

This did not work for me. (I made a muslin and it was a disaster.)  I may modify them in the future (to be smaller) but I found the shirt worked for me without them. This is the first shirt I have made mostly on my serger and the first knit shirt I have ever been satisfied with. The fit is not perfect, but it's a T-shirt and I'm not gonna drive myself silly trying to get that wrinkle over the bust out. (Also until I finish losing weight, I'm not gonna be perfecting the fit on anything. Waste of time.)

I enjoyed making this pattern, and I already have the fabric to make another one. The directions are clear, and while the bands didn't work for me, I can see how they would make the finishing look super professional.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Odds and Ends

I would have a new shirt to show you except for some misprinted fabric and a healthy dose of arrogance on my part. Not everybody needs to make a muslin. I do. (hangs head in shame.) Anyway, here are some other things I've got going on in my life.

1) The third episode to Super Awesome Film Club is up! We discuss John Carpenter's Halloween. Io doesn't like it; I do not disown her. (But I may be adopting Nick.) We also have a special guest.

2) Here is the March postcard for my year-long mail art project:

Yup, it's a velociraptor frolicing through a 70's landscape.  Cause that's how I roll.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Simplicity 1693 (modified) Dress/Tunic Prototype

Ok, I finally have a prototype for the dress/tunic that was thinking of making using Simplicity 1693 as a base. Why is this a prototype and not the finished item? Well, honestly I'm not really into shiny polyester charmeuse. Although it's cuter than I thought it would be and is fine for wearing around the house. Oh, you want a picture.

Here is the Orla Kiely inspiration:

Here are the line drawings from the pattern I used.

Awhile back, I took view B and modified it to have kimono sleeves. I then lengthened it by 12" and there you have it. (I did have to take it in a little bit because I am not the same size I was when I made the original shirt.) I'll be shopping my stash this weekend to find a more suitable fabric.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's Left From the Carnage

So, I went through all my clothing, and put everything into 5 piles:
  1. Still fits me.
  2. Too big, but storing away for future use just in case.
  3. Too big, but can easily be made smaller.
  4. Too big, but don't really like, so donating.
  5. Rag pile.
Here is what is left. (Not counting summer stuff in storage, which I also went through.)

Right now, I am short on knit tops and dresses. I had saved a bunch of stuff from when I had been smaller before, so I drug those out of storage and only had to buy 2 knit tops, a pair of jeans, and some bras. I could probably use more trousers, but I'm reluctant to buy/make any until my weight settles. As far as my sewing is concerned, I think I should focus on dresses, tunics, knit tops, and maybe a loose fitting lightweight jacket. Okay, at least now I know what I need.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Tyranny of Food

So, I have a totally stupid sewing problem. My arthritis is weird enough that my rheumatologist thinks that it might be food related, so he sent me to a naturopathic nutritionist that works at the same clinic. There are a lot of people who are resistant to investigating food as the source of their illness, but I already have celiac disease and know how much of an impact food can have.  (A little teeny tiny bit of soy sauce can knock me out for 2+ days.) I am now on my third elimination diet (where they strip away possible allergens in your diet) and have lost about 20 pounds. (First we reduced amines, then I was on a grain-free elimination diet, and now we are testing salicylates.) This new diet is really strict, but I am cautiously optimistic about it, since the last one made me super sick. However, this is going to take a while longer to work out.

Now, my sewing policy has always been to sew for the size I am right now. Not what I want to be, or where I might be later. Right now. But, I seem to still be losing weight and am hesitant to whip up a bunch of clothes that won't fit me later. But I need new clothes, because the old ones are getting too baggy. I am starting to have a little more energy, but I need to approach any sewing with a plan.

1) See if I can take in some older stuff.
2) Sew new clothes in such a way that they would be easy to take in later if I need to.
3) Choose styles that aren't fitted so it won't be so noticeable if they are a little big.

I'm going to go to the store tomorrow and get a few things, but I hate shopping. What I really want to do is whip up the Hollyburn skirt from Sewaholic, but I'm holding off. Grr. Does this sound like I'm being whiney over something a lot of people would celebrate? Well, let me lay it out for you. I would happily be a size 16 forever if I did not have arthritis. Also, elimination diets are really hard. I cannot tell you how much I just want Indian or Mexican food right now. I have not had a chile or a tomato in forever. Sigh. Yes, I'm being a whiner, but I'm just going to embrace it. But seriously, I want this skirt.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Odds and Ends

Some things going on in my life:

1) Our second episode of Super Awesome Film Club is on Youtube.  We discuss Rio Bravo and Assault on Precinct 13.  (I have a not-so-secret love of John Carpenter movies.)

2) My Goodreads book club, Classic Trash, is reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this month.  It's a lot of fun!

3) I am working on a year long postcard mail-art project. Here is the card I sent out for Valentine's day. Yeah, I know it is weird.  Wait until you see the March card.

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is Why I Always Make a Muslin

This isn't really supposed to fit this way. It's a little big up top, it's a lotta big in the middle, and it's too small at the bottom.  What is it supposed to look like?

Yeah, I'm not sure I want to put in the time to make the changes that I will need to fit this thing.  The Portrait Blouse in Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing is similar, so I might just try that out instead.