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.