A beautiful blogger is me!

…That’s what the award says, anyway. 😉

I never made it through the entire link list of Self-Stitched September participants’ blogs– I only made it up to the L’s or so. And so I completely missed noticing that Scruffy Badger had nominated me for that Beautiful Blogger award that’s been going around– sorry! I think these awards that ask for information about you are kind of fun– I know I’m never going to be one of those people that gets a ton of comments on my posts, but it’s always a nice feeling to think that someone thinks your writing is interesting enough to want to learn more about you. (That, and it’s gratifying to know that someone is reading this blog besides my mom! 😉

So here we go…10 random things about me.

1. I have this paradoxical personality quirk where I kind of like organizing things, but I’m really a terribly disorganized person on the whole. If I’m in the right mood for it, I can quite happily spend an afternoon sorting through a pile of recipes, putting my overstuffed bookshelf in order, organizing the photos on my hard drive into folders that make sense instead of all the date-labeled ones…and yet, I get easily overwhelmed because I’m generally in the middle of at least 4 of these projects at any given time. And I constantly misplace things. Especially stuff like seam rippers, sewing gauges, my phone (usually while it’s either on silent or completely dead), and the car keys that I just had in my hand two minutes ago. (True story– the latter happened just last week.)

2. I really wish I was better at cooking. I think I can follow a recipe pretty well by this point, but I do wish that I was better at improvising with it. You know, like those people on Iron Chef who can just get a big table full of bacon thrown at them and whip out a five-course meal, complete with dessert, in an hour or so. (Did I mention that the Food Network is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine?) I think I have this secret dream of being the woman who all her friends think is an amazing cook and always wants her recipes. I also wish I had time to cook more regularly, but that’s another story.

3. I love the flute. Really. And it’s a good thing, since teaching that is a pretty huge part of how I make a living. But sometimes I really wish I’d played the guitar instead, because I’m really much more of a rock chick than a classical girl at heart.

4. I have a scar on my left pointer fingertip from crafting. When I was 15, I was making a stack of paper beads for a necklace I wanted to make. And I decided the beads were too big, so I was slicing them in half with a pair of scissors. I think you can figure out what happened next….the worst part of it was, my dad was going to take me out for driving practice that night, and since my finger wouldn’t stop bleeding, he took my then-not-quite-13-year-old brother instead! (I also discovered that my fingerprint now has a hole in it, when I had to get them on file before I started doing the band job a couple of years ago. That was kind of weird.)

5. Though I don’t have time to do it as often as I’d like to, I read really fast. I always have. (Good thing, too, or I wouldn’t get through nearly as many books.) And when I have the time to just sit and read, I can pull off ridiculous stunts like read the entire last book of the Harry Potter series, in all of its 750+ page glory, in one day at the beach.

6. I never really played with my (very few) Barbie dolls….I was more of a My Little Pony girl, really. What I did use them for was as a sewing dummy. I still remember one of my very first sewing projects– it was a full-length Barbie gown made from, of all things, scraps of white felt hand-sewn together with seafoam green yarn. With big ruffly straps at the shoulders. And in true Project Runway style, I sewed it directly onto the doll– I think I had to cut it off later.

7. I enjoy playing video games. I have ever since I was a kid, in the days of the good old 8-bit Nintendo (when my brother and I could get it, since we’d often have to fight Dad for it) and the original greenish-screened Game Boy. I had to ride the bus for about 2 hours a day during the last few years of elementary school, and sadly, I can’t read in vehicles without getting carsick. So I played Game Boy instead. I also remember playing a lot of computer games when I was a kid, like Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Prince of Persia, Sim City and related games, and (my favorite) Civilization. These days, I tend to go for the Guitar Hero-type games, or the occasional attempts to play old-school games on my Wii. More often, at the risk of sounding like a complete nerd, my game of choice is Lord of the Rings Online.  (Kind of like World of Warcraft, but in Middle-earth. Which was definitely the suck-me-in factor.) Though I did recently get Civilization V, after trying it out at a friend’s house, so that might be bad for my limited free time…

8. Another random non-crafty hobby of mine: making playlists on my iPod. I’m especially fond of themed ones– like I have one that’s all songs that have colors in their titles, a sunny day mix that’s all songs about sunshine, sunlight, and other related things (and the opposing one, of course, which is all rain songs), a “literary” mix that’s all songs that reference books, etc. Oddly, I still have yet to make a decent workout mix…that one keeps eluding me for some reason. I also tend to be a little picky on my playlists, in that I have to make sure that the songs flow together musically, or that the titles work next to each other in the list, or things like that. (I guess I should include finding new music in that, because no matter how much I have, I always want more!)

9. I’m really good at coming up with grand, lofty schemes for longer-term projects, and really bad at the follow-through. I think it’s just that I tend to get easily sidetracked and want to move on to something else. (Either that, or I’m just lazy…I’m pretty sure it’s the former, though. It’s certainly not a fear of commitment issue, because I’m still actively friends with some of the same girls that I’ve been friends with since preschool/kindergarten. And I mean “talk in person and hang out” friends, not just Facebook friends.) You know….things like my mini-wardrobe project that I never actually made all of the pieces for. (Though a huge part of the burnout on that was that nothing was actually going together like it should have.) And the fact that I’ve been in my room for about a year now and I’m still not completely done putting it together– still need to hang stuff on the walls, refinish a dresser, make a bunch of pillows, put away some of the piles that have been sitting on the floor since I moved in here… I think there’s hope for me, though, because I did finish that quilt. And my long-term project, which took me 9 months, of listening/writing through every song on my iPod. All 9000+ of them. (Though I’m still picking at that one as I add new stuff.)

Really, I think when it comes down to it, is that a part of me doesn’t like being boxed into rules.

10. I think I’m literally addicted to craftiness– during times like now, when I’ve been really busy with work and (especially as of late) my new-found social life and don’t have time to do much, I go through withdrawal symptoms. Like I get really irritable and feel more stressed out.

The rules say I’m supposed to tag 10 people. But since this one’s been floating around for awhile and I honestly don’t know who I follow that hasn’t done it already (and don’t have time to dig through everyone’s blog to look), I’m going to go with my last statement of #9 and say that if you want it, tag, you’re it. 😉

And speaking of #10…. I haven’t been completely uncrafty. I have managed to get my next jacket pattern muslined and altered, finally. (Hopefully it’ll work– I still have a definite lack of confidence in my pattern alteration abilities.) And I’ve been picking at jewelry here and there, and will be doing a lot more of it tomorrow while hanging out with Cassie. Craft fair coming up and all. And I have even done a little bit of sewing, for a costume party I went to last weekend. Pics to come. I have another party tonight, which I was going to try to throw a costume together for, but the original theme idea fell through so I’m just going to recycle my fairy costume for tonight since it’s an entirely different crowd. And another one next weekend, with a 1920s theme, but I’m going to just borrow a dress from a friend for that one since I don’t find that decade particularly inspiring to sew from. I have to admit that the idea of making 3 costumes in 3 weeks with limited time was kind of stressing me out, so I’ve never been so happy to not make a costume in my life!

Though I do need to replace the grosgrain ribbon on my fairy wings with some wide black elastic, which I don’t have. And Joann’s is also having a Vogue pattern sale. And guess what– I know what I want to do for my black dress now! (Still trying to figure out how it works for both silk jersey and silk crepe–you know, that knit vs. woven thing–but isn’t it lovely? Though I’m planning on making mine more of a knee length.) So to the fabric store with me!

Happy birthday, Cassie!

Today is my best friend’s birthday. And since it’s a milestone-ish one (not saying which), I wanted to give her something extra-special this year. I actually got this idea over the summer– we were driving up to an Arcade Fire concert, and she mentioned a craft community she’d been following on another blog site that was entirely dedicated to Doctor Who-related crafts. So I was joking that I’d have to make her a sonic screwdriver crochet hook or something….

…and then I did. Along with 3 others.

So this is what I’ve spent the last week and a half or so doing, on and off. (Though I’ve been planning this for at least a month.) Four crochet hooks, each representing a favorite mutual fandom of ours. They’re all made out of polymer clay and metal crochet hooks.

#1: The carvings are the One Ring inscription from Lord of the Rings. (The first half, anyway.)

#2: A lightsaber! For Star Wars, of course. (I think this one may actually be my favorite.)

 #3: The sonic screwdriver that started it all. (For those of you who don’t watch Doctor Who, a sonic screwdriver is a handy-dandy device that can lock/unlock doors, fix stuff on his time machine, basically like an alien Swiss Army knife, but with much cooler sound effects. For those of you who do, this was modeled after the one from the David Tennant years.)

#4: Last but not least, a Harry Potter-esque wand, since she is largely responsible for me liking that series. (Especially given my initial “this is too much like a dumbed down Lord of the Rings” resistance.) This one was modeled after Hermione’s wand in the movies, mainly so I could do the vines and such.

I can post these now, because I gave them to her on Friday. And she was laughing so hard that she was practically hyperventilating, so I think that means my gift was a success!

Wardrobe Refashion Wednesday #6: Love is all you need.

I have to admit that this is the recon I’m most excited about since I started this little weekly tradition! It’s also the most ambitious Wednesday project to date, so this post will be a little picture-heavy. Consider yourself warned…

Last summer (as in 2009), I was at a downstate Goodwill with my friend Nicole, looking for materials for what would become last fall’s Ren Faire costume. And I also found this shirt….dress…thing. I’m pretty sure it’s a dress, but it was a bit wonky in spots.

Like, for instance, the neckline that was only semi-attached. It was supposed to hook over to the one side, but the eye was missing and it was half-ripped off the other side when I got it.

And the extreme amount of flare for what was a somewhat stiff material–it just didn’t have the drapability that this sort of silhouette would require.

And, well, the hem was pretty uneven too. And though you can’t see them, there were some dark stains on it that just didn’t come out in the wash.

I’m thinking the original was homemade, actually…for one thing, there were no tags. And the seam finishing definitely makes me think that it was a sewing project. I didn’t notice this until after I’d already bought it, because of everything that was awesome about this dress. Namely the embroidery around the sleeves and the neck. And though it’s not my norm, I kind of fell in love with the spicy pumpkin-y color. Perfect for autumn. And the fabric has a really nice sheen to it that makes me think it just might be at least part silk. (I’d have to do a burn test on the scraps to know for sure.) Plus it’s fully sort of lined, sort of underlined with some cotton-ish gauze stuff. So whoever made this definitely put some time and thought into it, and I can appreciate that. And it made me get later-era Beatles songs stuck in my head, so that’s never a bad thing. (You know, after they started bringing Indian influences into their music. See, it’s relevant!)

I didn’t have to do a ton in the way of tweaking to bring its greatness from potential to reality, actually, though of course it took longer than I thought it should have. I’ll blame that on the lining, since that meant I had to hem twice! So I ended up chopping over a foot of fabric off of the bottom (I’m pretty sure I got all the stains off in the process, too!), adding 3″ slits to the bottom of the sleeves (which were a little too tight around my elbows for comfort), and altering the neckline a tiny bit. And the results:

Ta-da! Doesn’t it look so much nicer at this shorter length? And you can see what I ended up doing with the neckline– I detached it enough on the tearing-off side that I could chop a bit off, fold it under and stitch it, then I sewed this down permanently all around. So it’s high enough that I can wear this without a camisole, but low enough that I can still get it on and off over my head without having to add a zipper or anything.

The sleeve slit–which also counteracted the embroidery not quite lining up right in the original seam! How convenient. (And much more comfortable!)

It was still a bit loose-fitting for my taste, so I took some of the fabric from the part I chopped off and made tiebacks to cinch it in. It gives it kind of a nice peplum effect, I think.

Sooooo much better-looking on me. (Just please ignore the messy room. Sure, I could have worked on cleaning it today, but then this would still be sitting in my bin of stuff to reconstruct, and we can’t have that now, can we?) Besides, I like to think that whoever originally stitched this up would be happy to know that their creation was being put to good use again.

So now that the weather is supposed to be all nasty and rainy again tomorrow, I think this shirt will definitely be on the agenda once I get home from work. Along with a big, steamy cup of tea– spiced chai would fit the vibe nicely, don’t you think? And some pumpkin cookies, if I had them, but I think that’s going to have to wait until Friday since I’m supposed to bring a dessert to the movie night my friends are having and I have yet to make them.

(One last note, for Scruffy Badger— thanks for the tagging! And I’ll get it up as soon as I can–still coming up with things to add to the post!!)

Thoughts on a little black dress

(Image courtesy of littleblackdressmagazine.com)

If you were following this blog last winter, you know that I was doing some fashion research to help me figure out what my style is. And in this process, I read several lists of the wardrobe “must haves”. Most of these things wouldn’t fit into my wardrobe at all, really. A cashmere sweater, for instance, would probably make me break out in hives due to my (unfortunate) extreme sensitivity to wool. (I can instantly tell if wool is part of the fiber content of something because my hand starts prickling within about 5 seconds.) Button-down white shirt? Owned them a couple times over the years, and inevitably got rid of them all because I never wore them–the closest thing I have to that now is last week’s Wednesday refashion that I am currently wearing. Notice it is neither button down nor entirely white, and it suits me much better. But there is one thing on that list that I’m thinking it might not be a bad idea to invest in–that “little black dress”. (Though not so little in my case, as I’d probably keep it somewhere around knee-length.) Seeing as how I need something black for pretty much every time I play my flute in public, I have yet another relative getting married in the spring and it’s an evening wedding (read: more formal affair), and it would go with a lot of stuff that’s already in my wardrobe anyway, it would be pretty practical.

I’ve thought a bit about this so far–I know I want something pretty simple, so I can dress it up or down as needed. I’m thinking a scoop or v-neck, sleeveless (of course)– I’d like it to be pretty fitted at the waist, and a more flared skirt, probably an A-line. My initial thought was that I’d like to make it out of silk jersey, because the silk would make it fancy enough for performances and weddings, but the jersey would make it comfortable enough to wear for say, a more casual summer evening out with the girls. There’s only two problems with this plan (not counting the price per yard of silk jersey, which would come out to pretty much more than I’ve ever paid for a piece of fabric in my life). The main one is that I’m not having much luck finding a dress pattern for knits that I like and that fit my criteria. The other, somewhat more shallow reason is that a pretty huge part of me is thinking that I’d love to use a project like this as a learning experience and play around with some of those couture techniques that I’ve been wanting to learn. And honestly, I’m not sure that it’s possible to really do that with a knit fabric, you know?

On the flip side, I’ve found some patterns that I’ve really liked the look of. But those are all for wovens. So I’ve been wracking my brains trying to figure out what I could make it out of that would be able to be dressed up and dressed down as needed. Stuff like cotton and linen seem like they would be too casual for, say, my cousin’s wedding, while anything like silk or chiffon or anything along those lines might be way too fancy for if I wanted to wear it for an afternoon of teaching flute lessons or something.

I’m thinking I’d like this to be my big winter sewing project (since, if I’m going to wear this for my cousin’s wedding, I need to have it done by April 15.), so I really need to figure out which direction I’m going to take this before too long! Have any of you ever sewn a little black dress? Any thoughts/advice? (Especially on fabric choice–that’s going to be the huge deciding factor for what patterns I end up looking at!)

Thank you, Mood!

As those of you who are on BurdaStyle know, they sent out a code early last week for a discount on fabrics (except for the stuff like the silk jersey, boo!) But I still got three pieces and wanted to show them off. I got two yards of each, so I think that should be enough to do pretty much whatever I want.

Yeah, so you know that thing I was saying about needling to start sewing more solids than prints? Well, they had cotton jersey prints that really caught my attention. Obviously, that is my weakness…

With the stripes, I’m going to have to be really careful what I make out of this. (Donna’s modeling it on somewhat of a bias, which is how I think I’m going to have to end up laying this out.) But I loved the colors, and it’s so soft. So maybe a nice basic top.

I am trying to branch out on my usual color scheme– you know, the one where nearly everything I make tends to be some shade of blue, green, black or brown. This one still has brown in it, but warmer colors than what I usually tend to go for, so it should work nicely! I’m thinking maybe a wrap top for this one…though I’ll have to be rather careful how I lay this one out too, now that I’m thinking about it!

The only thing I don’t like about these knits, really, is that they’re both a much lighter weight than I thought, and therefore somewhat see-through. So I’m going to have to either come up with something that’s automatically layered, or make sure I sew styles that call for a camisole underneath.

Now, this last one really is branching out for me…

Yeah. Cherry/tomato/fire engine red. (And here I thought the rusty brick color in the Ayden shirt was stretching it for me!) This is an organic cotton twill, and I’m thinking a basic pencil skirt for this one…I have a couple of thrifted shirts with mostly black backgrounds that I was thinking would look really good with red. (And this would also probably look nice with the previous knit–see, I’m thinking outfits now!) And no way am I wearing red next to my face, because it would look simply awful on me. Especially with my freshly-henna’d hair. Plus I really enjoyed reading Sunni’s pencil skirt sew-a-long posts, and it’s inspired me to give it a whirl.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly they arrived–just two days after I ordered it! And, being used to Joann’s fabrics, it was nice to find some stuff in natural fibers! So we’ll see how they wash and sew up, but I would definitely be inclined to shop there again. (When stuff is on sale, anyway!)

Of course, first on the menu is my Burda jacket! (Which I have no pictures of yet, other than this one from the magazine.) I worked on sewing the muslin together today, and am so glad I’m doing a test version! I already had to take it in a bit all around, and figured that I’m also going to have to add some length to it because I like the place that the unhemmed jacket is hitting. On the plus side, I already raised the neckline a bit when I traced the pattern out, and I think that’s going to end up looking really good. On the down side, I’m having a lot of trouble with the sleeves–they’re not going in smoothly no matter how I pin them in. (Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure I didn’t put them in backwards, but I’ve tried it both ways and it’s not working either way.) The other problem I’m having is that once I put the sleeves in, it felt too small across the back. So I think I’m going to have to add to the back some– I haven’t tried letting the top of the center back seam out yet, but I think I may need to do that and/or add some fabric to the armhole edges. But I’m not sure how that’s going to work with also needing to take some ease out of the sleeves… any suggestions? I’m beginning to think I definitely need to add a book on fitting to my sewing library!

A little catching up: the dress that wasn’t

You’ve seen this top before, as day 30 of Self-Stitched September. But it’s time to give the shirt its full dues.

Stylewise, it did end up pretty close to the original dress. Though the waist isn’t nearly as gathered. And it’s (obviously) a good bit shorter. But I think overall these were good changes–after all, I will get more use out of a top than a dress. My motivation to wear skirts plummets as the weather starts getting colder.

Here’s a closeup of the belt that I did– I decided to wing it somewhat, and I like how the texture turns out. It’s hand-tacked onto the waistband to help hold it in place. Plus you can see the print and colors better now. (I’m a big fan of this print– I like the angel wing-looking things.)

I’m also a fan of these sleeves, and the fun angle of the hem. (Hmmmm….now I’m thinking of this song by The Decemberists that I like called “Of Angels And Angles”…. that would be a good name for this top!)

I’ve got some oddish scraps of this print left–even though it would be the “purl” side of the knit, I’m strongly considering trying to make myself a tank top out of the rest with the wrong side out, just to change the look of the fabric.

Next on the agenda: post the jewelry I made last week to go with this top, and start work on the muslin for my Burda jacket that I want to make. But the muslin may need to wait, as I’m also working on a birthday gift for my best friend. (Which I am extremely excited about! I started it tonight, and am quite pleased with how it’s turning out so far!)

Wardrobe Refashion Wednesday #5: And all I feel is black and white…

This blouse is one that I found awhile ago at Goodwill. There’s a lot of things I’ve loved about it–the corset-look of the waist, the contrast of the feminine styling with the kind of business-looking stripes, and the fact that it almost fits me perfectly.

Not to mention that I always feel very stylish in this– in fact, several years ago when some of my friends had a Zoolander-themed party, in which we were supposed to dress like supermodels, this was the shirt I wore. (We had a photoshoot as part of the party, so that’s where the pic is from..)

See? (Wow, I look really tall in this pic!)

Of course, you can also see what I did NOT love about the shirt in this picture–the length of the sleeves. I think they were meant to be long, but they hit in this weird spot of my arms where they were about an inch or two too short to be long, but waaaaaay too long to be 3/4. So I decided that, in order for me to continue to feel comfortable wearing this in public, something had to be done. I know I have long arms, but this is kind of ridiculous.

My original thought was to remove this extra-long cuff and sew it back on, a couple of inches shorter.

That, and there were several places where the hem had obviously come out and needed to be repaired anyway.

What actually ended up happening was I took the cuffs off, stitched the first one back on, tried it on and discovered that the sleeves still hit in a really oddball spot on me. So I ended up chopping about 5 inches more off of the cuff-less sleeves to bring it closer to my elbow. And then had to leave those cuffs off altogether because the circumference wasn’t quite enough to accommodate a wider part of the sleeve.

So here’s what it looks like now:

I think that’s definitely going to be an improvement on me. Now hopefully the weather will get warmer again, at least long enough for me to wear it at least once this season!

**Song lyric from “Black and White” by Sarah McLachlan.

One last Self-Stitched September post

And then I promise it’ll be back to crafting instead of wardrobe analysis! For awhile, anyway.

I wanted to take a little time to really look at the outfits I put together for this and see what worked and what didn’t work. So I’m going to pick my favorite and least favorite looks for work/church and casual outfits.

Favorite Outfits: Work/Church: Days 1, 8, 13, 19, 26

Common threads: Each day had something with a print on it. (3 tops, 1 skirt.) And mixed with something solid. There’s color involved. (It’s harder to see on the last day, but the print top has both red and light blue against the black, so it really pops.) There’s layering involved–if nothing else, a camisole under the shirts–and a mix of textures. There’s also bold, funky jewelry involved. Days 1, 8 and 26 made me feel rather put-together and ready to take on the challenges of the day. Days 13 and 19 were a little girlier, I think, but in a somewhat artistic sort of way.

 Least favorite work/church outfits: Days 15, 16, 29

For these outfits, going a little more into specifics. Day 15 looked and felt pretty good to me when I was wearing it, actually–I just feel like on the camera, it comes off as a bit dull. Like I really needed something with color to step it up a bit. For day 16, it’s kind of a combination of not liking the way that length of capris looks on me at all (thinking I may chop them into knee-length shorts after that), and feeling like the shirt looks a bit sloppy. I don’t really like the way the gathering falls around my chest, and I’ve been meaning to go back to this one almost since I made it and add some snaps or something to help the crossover bits actually stay where I want them to. (This shirt may become a future WRW project.) For day 29, I have to admit that it’s the blouse– not really liking the way that looks on me at all. Or the way the photo makes where my camisole is rather obvious. (It probably would have been better had I used my cream-colored one instead of white, but alas, that one was in the laundry.) I’m thinking next time I may lace it less tightly. Or go back to my norm of wearing it with my Eva jacket. (It was just too warm to do so.)

Favorite Casual Outfits: Days 4, 9, 12, 24, 30

Common threads: They were comfortable to wear. There was always a knit shirt involved (even on the plaid button-up day, I was wearing a t-shirt beneath.) They were comfortable. But I still felt like I looked a little nicer than just straight-up grunginess. Again, prints were common, though not as much. Same with layering.

Least Favorite Casual Outfit:

Really, day 6 is the only one I out-and-out dislike. For most of the rest of them, I look at them and feel like maybe I should have tried a bit harder to dress up some of those t-shirts with accessories, but I don’t hate the outfits. I just feel like they need a little more effort. As far as this one goes, I think it was just a combination of factors–it’s not that I dislike my shirt, I just don’t like it with those capris. And the lack of jewelry. And my grungy cleaning hair.

Conclusion: Nicer knit tops (like the ones I wore on days 2, 23 and 30) are definitely something I should be adding more to my wardrobe, since I liked the way those ended up looking in my outfits. Prints are not leaving my wardrobe anytime soon, although incorporating more solids to mix with them wouldn’t hurt. Button-down shirts can work well for a casual outfit for me, as long as I incorporate some layering in there. Funky jewelry is a style signature for me, and one I should just run with since I make it anyway.

So thanks for bearing with me this month, and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these clothes I’ve been showing you somewhat in action, even though the majority of the bloggers I “met” through this challenge put me to shame on their photos!

A couple of other random thoughts, in moving forward:

  1.  So, do you remember how I wanted to do that reconstruction challenge they were having at BurdaStyle, and decided not to because I didn’t have enough fabric to execute my vision and it was more of a time crunch than I can handle at this point? Well, BurdaStyle got its revenge…they sent out an email to their members on Monday with a code to get a rather nice discount at Mood for 3 days. Yes, that Mood. My original plan was to get me some silk jersey– I’m having thoughts of that little black dress that supposedly every woman should own, and I don’t yet. (Justification: I can wear it for performances. And my next cousin’s wedding, if I can break the family wedding fashion jinx.) More on that later, because as it turns out, the silk jersey had the excluded fabric code on it. Boo. (As did the silk organza, which I wanted to get a bit of for couture technique practice. Double boo.) But I did fall in love with a couple of cotton jersey prints, so I placed an order anyway. Bad BurdaStyle, enabling me to add to my stash!
  2. I was out of town this weekend visiting friends, but since I have a tradition with these particular friends of crafting while watching sci-fi, I did get some more jewelry done. Which means I have quite a bit of photography to do.
  3. I’m in this weird mental place right now where I think about sewing for several hours a day (while I’m stuck at work, since the garden center has been rather dead all week due to cold, nasty, rainy weather)….and then haven’t had the energy or motivation to do any at the end of the day. I mean, on Sunday I didn’t get home until about 10:30, last night I went rock climbing, and tonight I didn’t get done teaching till 8 and then had to deal with necessary stuff like actually wash the clothes I already have. Hoping I get the mojo back soon, since I have the muslin for my next project all cut out and ready to go! Maybe tomorrow being Wardrobe Refashion Wednesday will help…
  4. Speaking of Wardrobe Refashion Wednesday, I just wanted to make an official statement that I didn’t exactly skip it last week… I was just using it to finish that most recent top (which I still need to officially blog.) By a stretch of the imagination, it counts, since I was refashioning a dress into a top. So what if it was a dress I’d never actually finished making in the first place?
  5. On a much more random note, I downloaded the desktop version of Picasa (where my photos for this blog get stored anyway) on a whim today. I think I’m sold….it’ll make it so much easier to organize my mountain of photos! Plus now I can make much more effortless collages for this blog than Photoshop lets me make. (I’ll probably still keep using Photoshop for edits, though.)