Monday, September 22, 2014

What's going on with my Chrome/Blogger account?

I'm getting a lot of nasty popups on Blogger.  I've heard a lot of complaints in the past, with people moving to WordPress and other hosting sites, and I may well do the same.

Beyond griping about Blogger, I really haven't been blogging much anyway.  I am doing a little sewing, but nothing too exciting.  New fabric came in from Fabric Mart and I cut into it right away, I am such a magpie.  I had several other ideas on the cutting table but could not resist a navy/white striped knit.  I've seen so many really cute versions of the Lady Skater dress done up in stripes that I thought I could hack my own (I hate PDF patterns).  Here's the pattern:


It's really just a simple scoop neck top attached to a skirt.  Easy...or so I thought.  My old nemesis, losing a TNT pattern, cropped up again so I had to start from scratch.  No problem:  circle skirt.  Hmmm, now don't those stripes look a little wonky on a circle skirt.  Now to hang the skirt overnight so that it will be easier to hem, and start on that scoop neck tee shirt top.  Oh right, and where is THAT pattern?  Under all those piles of fabric?  Too much trouble, let's try another one straight out of the Kwik Sew envelope I have right here on my bookshelf.  Meanwhile, let's do get a little more organized with the pattern thing, huh?  And so it goes.  I was doing all this watching a rerun of Season Ten of Project Runway (gotta love Roku) and they "auffed" a lady who could not manage her time.  I felt her pain.  But in another couple of days (to make four days total) I hope to be able to show you a very simple little version of the Lady Skater.  No Project Runway contests for me, that's for sure.


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Frog Princess

Well I said I was going to do it, and I powered through it.  Whew, I really don't like this outfit, I am wearing it to the dentist today as I can't think of anywhere else it would be appropriate.  They might as well be in pain, too.  However, I did get to try out my princess bodice (not quite right yet) and the scoop neck (also not quite right), and I threw in a longer back, just because, ya know.  Some of my "art to wear" friends get away with it.  Not so much me, though.  I also am trying to highlight my John Lennon bell bottoms with *matching* trim...I am such a fashionista.  I often think I would be the first to be "auffed" if I ever got on Project Runway...


The good news is, once I got this out of the way I sewed up a quick pair of pants to go with a really, really cute jacket I found at the thrift store for $5.  Instant warm-up suit for tennis, and the days are getting cooler...really...it is 87 today...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sequins and Sleeves



Oh, how I wish I had Rhonda Buss looking over my shoulder.  She's the expert on sleeves.  I have just about perfected the fit of a new princess seamed bodice and am choosing to add sleeves, which I had to hack...er, draft.  I finally got something to fit, but they are elbow length and how should I put it?  Ugly.  As is this material, which is bright spring green with sequins.  I not only purchased this material but have matching stretch bottomweight for pants (fortunately no sequins).  Which I will finish, since I am bound and determined to wear me-made stuff to my sewing club.  Even if it's in the middle of September I will look like the breath of Spring, or a frog.  But it will be me-made.  And I have taken out every one of the sequins in the multiple seam allowances, except, of course, for the one that will make me miserable throughout the entire meeting.  Smile!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Hallway of Doom

In all my years of renovating houses, I rarely took before and after pictures.  I don't even remember clearly how many houses I've worked on, but only one house was new...the then husband revolted.  Like sewing, renovating an old house is a creative and satisfying endeavor, and like sewing, takes a lot of patience and skill.  Mostly though, it takes vision.  You have to see how a fabric can become a dress, and you have to see what a house would look like if you take down a few walls and repainted.

So anyway, I've tried to mend my ways.  Although I'm 3/4 of the way through with renovations on the current house, I'm taking pictures.  I took several of the master bath remodel, and now I'm doing a very minor job on the nasty basement hallway.  It will take some time, though.  Other things are interfering, like old age creaks, budget, and more fun things to do.  Tennis tomorrow, so nothing doing downstairs for sure.


"before"



                                               A tiny bit of progress

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another photo of the cruise, and what I did last night

Not too much sewing going around here.  I finally have my things washed and packed away from the cruise, so now I am reassessing my sewing area.  I'll post pictures later, but my sewing room, while in the basement, has lots of natural light in the form of a large double window and french doors out to a patio.  The hallway to get to this room, however, is another thing entirely.  The ceiling has masses of ugly black pipes and electrical wiring exposed, but is too low for a wallboard ceiling.  The floor is horrible old linoleum tile, and the walls are painted a dirty yellow.  It's way past time for a complete overhaul!  So yesterday I bought some very pale blue paint (almost white) and I'm painting the ceiling, pipes and all. Then the walls, then a new floor. You can imagine what a mess I've made.  Drip, drip, drip, down my arms, onto my face.  Plus all that bending over backwards while perched on a stepladder doesn't do my bad back any favors.  So I'm getting about two square feet done at a time...but so what, I'm retired and can do it at my own pace.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of happy memories:


Coming into Baltimore on our final cruise day.

And last night, we went dancing.  I crashed about 10:30 (all that painting!) and let Henry give the unaccompanied women a twirl:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Home from Vacation

I had a lovely one week cruise with my son and grandchildren.  They didn't even squeal too much when expected to eat in the dining room!

We had a few unhappy moments..



But mostly the children got along well...


and enjoyed being with their Dad...




and their Mia


So a good time was had by all!




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I made a scrub suit

Why?  It certainly wasn't meant to look like it should have little ducks cavorting on the fabric.  What I wanted was an easy to wear, coordinated look that would hopefully make me look a little taller and a lot leaner.  What I got was something nurses wear at the hospital...

And further construction notes:  I used the Robin pattern from Style Arc for the top and my TNT Elle pants pattern from the same company.  However, the Elle pants are made for knits.  This is a linen/poly woven.  The top is easy (I omitted the zipper), but as I found, I need to go to the bathroom well before I really need to go to the bathroom, because it takes about two minutes to wiggle these pants down.  Hopefully I'll remember next time to grade up the waist.


Although this is the 17th garment I've made so far this year, I really haven't been sewing much lately.  I've had a problem with my back which doesn't want to go away, but mostly I've been getting ready to go on vacation.  Packing today and leaving tomorrow, so stay tuned for some hopefully wonderful pictures.