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Archive for September, 2015

House to Myself

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

My husband is in Rhode Island and #1 son is in New Orleans, so I have the house to myself. I feel super selfish to be enjoying this fact, but they are having fun and they won’t have less fun just because I’m not missing them yet. I can exercise, eat what I want, watch […]

Fall SWAP Update

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

I’m halfway through my Fall SWAP and fall has scarcely started. Fall SWAP 2015 sage and marsala 2-piece sage and marsala print dress sage trousers (from Spring 2015 SWAP) marsala jacket marsala trousers tweed jacket black pants marsala top (from Spring 2015 SWAP) Long-sleeved marsala top orchid top blue top rose sweater Green= completed, Orange= […]

Fixing a Sweater

Monday, September 28th, 2015

#1 son’s Christmas sweater had a puffy sleeve cap. He didn’t like that. He also wanted a closer fit. I frogged the tops of the sleeve caps and seamed them in with a bit of a seam allowance on the body. Then I seamed the sides in several inches, tapering from the bottom to the […]

So, How Frugal Is Sewing?

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Exhibit A: A pair of Elle pants, completely comfortable and respectable enough for work. Cost: Fabric, 2 yds of ponte de Roma for $28.00 — 1/2 yard left over Elastic: $3.99 Pattern, to be used again multiple times but full price included here, $12.95 Thread, ditto, $3.00 Total: $47.94 In other words, less than RTW. […]

Saturday Sewing

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Another top from S1467, this one in a bright blue cotton lawn. A fair amount of handwork to be done tomorrow, and it’ll be ready to wear for the work week. And relaxing here with a Sunshine Top, the first pair of Elle pants, in a black ponte de roma. 2 hours 17 minutes from […]

Sleep, Eat, Move

Friday, September 25th, 2015

I reached a weight loss goal a month ago and since then have been up a pound and down a pound with no lasting change. This is because I am not eating right, moving right, or sleeping right. Recently, my sleep hours are 4.5, 6.5, 5.4 — not the 7 to 8 hours I need. […]

Style Arc Elle Pants — First Meeting

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I have not yet finished with Simplicity 1467, nor have I begun with Butterick 5669. However, I have a bit of a pants situation. I have a pair of jeans and a couple of pairs of drawstring pants, which I enjoy wearing but can’t sport at meetings or classes. The ones #1 daughter bought me […]

Brattiness in Choir

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

I am planning to skip church on Sunday for one simple reason: the piece we’re singing, Monteverdi’s “God of Mercy, We Implore Thee,” is out of my range. 60% of the notes in my part are right in the passagio, and another 20% are basically out of my range. I sound squeaky and shrill. So […]

Goods and Services

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

I have not been sleeping well lately, and I got up at 4:06 and got to work. At 8:30 #1 son and I went to meet the Tall Man. We stopped at the bank to set up my PIN so that I can become the last person in America to own a debit card, and […]

Pattern of Ages

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

“She was wearing animal print!” This is #1 daughter, scandalized by the woman who helped us at the bank. “I think animal print is a neutral for older women,” I protested. I read that in a book once. “Animal print is for cougars,” she replied, logically enough. “After 50, you have to go to flowers.” […]

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