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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blogger sucks

I tried to post earlier but something was going haywir with Blogger. Now that I've vented...
I'm having a Memorial weekend sewcation. I just finished my fourth garment in four days. My goal is one garment a day until and including Tuesday. I promise to post some pictures soon. It's been so long since I posted a picture that I bet you guys are losing interest. Fear not, photos are coming...I promise.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday Thoughts 5/26/2011

  • I'm going to stop complaining about the weather. Last time I did the weather was hot and humid.
  • Today it is cold as Hell. That's an oxymoron if there ever was one. I'm keeping my big mouth shut on matters of the weather!
  • The elephant has finally left my sewing room. That's right. A project that should have lasted no more than a week, dragged out to almost two months. I don't love it but I do like it a lot and am sure I'll wear it.
  • Thought I'd have photos to post today but it's much too cool and windy to be outside trying to take pictures. I don't like the pictures I get inside so I'm not even going to try anymore!
  • I made a dress yesterday that I absolutely love. So much so that I am going to make another one using the same pattern ASAP. Might even make two more!
  • Can you say DKNY?
  • It's amazing how much a UFO in my sewing room paralyzes me.
  • How did I get talked into replacing an invisible zipper in a satin, bias cut prom dress.
  • At least the zipper was in the side seam.
  • Why didn't I realize that Monday is the holiday?
  • While I was thinking I was totally healed from my latest breast surgery, whenever I overdo it I get a sharp remainder!
  • I have the absolutely best husband in the whole world.
  • He bought me a new laptop that I absolutely didn't need.
  • Not really complaining but I don't really love the widescreen format. All this scrolling is driving me crazy!
  • Hmmm. I wonder if I was already crazy?
  • I need a new shade for my nightstand lamp.
  • Still haven't made it to the laundromat!
  • Only lost 1/2 lb last week.
  • At least I didn't gain.
  • I weigh-in again tomorrow.
  • My goal is 1 lb.
  • Queen Latifah has a new clothing line that is going to er sold on QVC.
  • She also commented that she finds the label "plus-size" to be offensive.
  • I totally agree with her.
  • I've used it in the past...I won't ever use it again.
  • Why should being larger than a size 8 be a negative thing?
  • It is totally asinine for a size 10 model to be considered "plus-size."
  • Why do we buy into such crap?
  • Might seem hypocritical of me.
  • Trying to lose weight back to where I was pre-cancer and meds on doctor's advice.
  • I do think an additional 25lbs is too much!
  • Be a follower and leave a comment for a chance at four handmade sewing note cards!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday Thougths 5/12/2011

  • I love watching Project Runway reruns.
  • I've just started watching Sex and the City reruns. Lovin' it.
  • I've been watching way too much television lately.
  • My mom and my niece spent the weekend. We had a coffee club meet up. It was great.
  • At coffee club you have to show up all natural (ie no makeup or wigs). It lasted about 3 hours.
  • We had a great time. Just coffee, cookies and conversation.
  • I took pictures for some scrapbook pages.
  • On Mother's Day I wore a jacket that I made last year but never got to wear. It looked great.
  • I've almost finished that elephant in my sewing room. Just need to insert lining in the jacket.
  • I have to take comforters and blankets to the laundromat soon.
  • I'm thinking about making a bunch of cards and selling them at a flea market.
  • I wore a top Tuesday that I didn't wear at all last year.
  • I lost 3lbs in two weeks.
  • Still need to try and workout.
  • Why is their so much crap on my dresser and nightstand? Is it just me?
  • Three weeks ago there was snow on the ground. Today it was 84 and kind of miserable.
  • I hate to complain but it is too hot and humid!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thursday Thoughts 5/5/2011

  • I survived the breast surgery...Yippeee!
  • I don't know what they gave me as anethesia but I was "loopy" for three days!
  • Today was the first day I could shower...thanks, I needed that.
  • Today was the first time I took off my bra since the surgery...OUCH. I don't want to do that again soon.
  • I had an allergic reaction at the hospital and at home. I almost scratched my skin off.
  • Thank goodness for Benadryl.
  • The drugs they had me on made my knee feel fantastic. No pain.
  • The orthopedic surgeon doesn't want me to have knee replacement for 6 months to a years.
  • Says I've already been under the knife twice this year. Okay....and???
  • Says we are going to throw the kitchen sink at it until that time.
  • I have to go to physical therapy for my knee.
  • I might be able to start back exercising around the first of June.
  • I gained 2.5 lbs last week. WTH.
  • My mom and I are fast becoming the best of friends.
  • She was here Sun-Tues and is coming back for Fri-Sun.
  • I'm still not driving. It hurts my breast.
  • My mom's driving scares the crap out of me.
  • Why is a 77-year-old woman doing wide pimp turns and speeding?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

On the Vogue 1250 bandwagon

Before I forget, congratulations Faye. You're the winner of the sewing theme cards. I probably won't be able to get them in the mail until the end of the week so be on the lookout for them next week. I have my surgery tomorrow morning so I won't be able to mail them any sooner.
I haven't been doing my usual amount of sewing for a couple of reasons. First I'm smitten with making greeting cards and second, standing at the ironing board is murder on my knee. Tuesday I go back to see the orthopedic surgeon to find out how soon I can get the knee replacement. Any amount of standing causes my knee to swell up larger than my breast. WTH. No need in putting off the inevitable.
Yesterday I cut out and sewed Vogue 1250.


After checking out what was up on Pattern Review, I decided that I should make some adjustments to the pattern before I began. I didn't want the drape to pull across the front nor did I want it too tight around the hips. I went a little overboard in my alterations. I wasn't feeling the fabric either. I'm considering this my muslin.


Husband and I both hated it until I added the belt. He loves the fabric. Me...not so much. Can I wear a black belt and nude colored shoes together?


I added a center back seam in the bodice with some additional width. For the next version I might add side seams to the skirt. I also added to the length of the bodice both front a back...bad idea. I guess I didn't need that but I'd rather have a garment that is too large than one that is too small. I added 3" to the skirt which I did need. I haven't hem it yet. 
This dress is super easy to sew but somewhat difficult to alter. I'm making it again because I love the drape. Might try to make it tonight.


I finally wore Simplicity 2684 to church today. My stylist (husband) didn't go so I took it on myself to wear it like this. 


He gave it the seal of approval after pointing out that he thinks the "shrug" looked a little "hootchie" and the hair a little to wild! What? I need a new stylist.