Going to the gym is going well, if you call being in pain being well 8-D. The upside is I have been sleeping better (completely comatose once I touch the bed) and my depression is much improved. Hmm, depression improved, that sounds like I am more depressed, does it not? To be clear, I am feeling better. I have also noticed my default setting of stressed out is no longer, I feel much more relaxed, which is good. I do want to know where the energy is that all the experts say you get from exercising. They are all liar liar pants on fire.
I had mentioned in a previous post that I was going to review one of my many sewing books every Monday. Monday has come and gone, twice. I have discovered it is only fun to review a book if you don't like it and you get to be snarky. If you do like it, the way that I like Sewing Lingerie That Fits by Karen Morris, published by Taunton Press, you come off sounding like a fawning sycophant who is trying to get free stuff from Taunton Press. Taunton Press, if you read this, let me know if it will work, I will do it for free stuff, like a lifetime subscription to Threads or any of your videos. Just sayin. Anyway, got sidetracked. The book is great, I love it, you should buy it, if you find it cheap enough.
There has been sewing happening. I know, shocking.
I made a Sorbetto to sleep in cause I love the first one so much. I have sleeping in tie dyed mens vee neck XL t-shirts for so long The Husband went into shock. I used a white cotton sheet that I found buried in the linen closet (why do I have a brand new double white top sheet, I asked myself? myself didn't know), and I used purchased vintage bias trim for the neck. I used the plaid bias because I didn't want white, and I also didn't feel like changing the thread in the sewing machine. S (aka rubber duck PJ friend) found that amusing and said I should write about that in my blog, I told her sewists would find nothing funny about that because anyone would do the same thing if the circumstances were similar. Am I right? Of course I am. I lengthened the top to upper thigh length, any longer and I twist myself into a cocoon while sleeping. Once again I serged a rolled edge for the hem. Wore it to bed last night and slept like the dead. Perfect. Success. Wheeee!!!
Today I washed the above Sorbetto, and lo and behold, the vintage bias binding is falling apart, and will have to be replaced one day Soon. See.
I made a skirt formerly known as The Tablecloth Skirt for S (aka rubber duck pj friend), I found some great fabric in the $2 section at the evil empire of Fabricland. It looks just like denim but it is quite lightweight and perfect for twirling. There was a flaw running about 10 inches from the selvage along the lengthwise grain for about 2 1/2 feet (that is why it was in the $2 meter section, notice my freewheeling use of metric and imperial measurements?). Because S is quite a bit shorter than I, I started with a 45" inch square (perfect for working around the flaw, I am so clever), and I think the panels ended up being 13" after hemming. S likes it too. Another success. Wheeee!!!
|Notice Barney trying to figure out what is hanging in his tree. |
S isn't up to modeling the skirt today, her fibromyaglia is acting up.
I actually wore my skirt formerly known as etc out in public last weekend. No one pointed and laughed and no children cried so I obviously didn't look too weird in it. It is one voluminous skirt. I drive a Smart car and if the skirt was any bigger it wouldn't fit inside. Yes, I am exaggerating, but I did have to wrap the skirt around me to get it and me in the car. After making S's skirt, I realize the fabric I used for mine is just a little too heavy, a lighter fabric definitely works better. I may take the waistband off mine and try taking some of the bulk out of the waist. I might not though, I hate alterations.
There is more!
I also made a Vogue 7907, a OOP (but still available through the Vogue website) Marcy Tilton jacket. It is some kind of taffeta type fabric that I felt would make a nice Minoru, the fabric looked like it would make a good rain jacket, but unfortunately it decided not to act like it. So I made this jacket instead. I am on the fence about it. I like the shape, but the fabric really isn't drapey enough, and the jacket is noisy to wear. I think I will file it in the magic closet for awhile. I will probably love it one day.
Sorry about the shadows on the photos, it turns out the way to get the sun to break through the clouds is to plan to photograph clothing outside.
Finally. The End.