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How can I have sewn for so many years and made so many successful projects and still be such a bad seamstress?

I cut the Style Arc Elle pants in  ponte de roma knit in the dark taupe and the silver. Both were 2 yard pieces of 60″ knit, but the silver ended up having enough fabric left to cut a tank top as well. It felt odd to cut much smaller sizes than the last time I made them, and I did a lot of extra measuring.

This is a very nice fabric, soft but not too thin and clingy.

First, I sewed the legs together like a mermaid’s tail and had to take the seams out — a difficult thing with this fabric. Then I had to restitch the waistband several times to catch missed edges. However, I did manage to follow the waistband directions correctly this time, and to complete both pairs by 10:00 a.m. The poor quality photos show that these are very simple pants, and that my sewing room is rather messy.

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The waistband on the pale gray pair turned out wider, but both pairs are comfortable and I will never tuck a top into these, so the vagaries of the waistband are my little secret.

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I cut a simple tank top from the remaining gray fabric and now have my inner color column from the gray Core 4 complete.

The I began on the Sunshine Tops. Unfortunately, the front pattern piece is missing. I jerry-rigged it, cut it in the lighter taupe, and sewed all the pieces together. It actually came out okay. As I was getting ready to cut the other tops, #2 daughter and her beau arrived and sewing ceased. I have two complete items and two that need their handwork done.

We went to some local shops and then had dinner: hamburgers from the grill, salad, and the Southern Living Cream Cheese pound cake with berries and whipped cream.

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Then we played games. Here’s Risk: Europe. One of the local shops we went to was a game store, filled with guys playing games. The keeper of the store was a very helpful guy. We already had several games from Vine to review, and he weighed in with seasoned opinions. I bought Chez Cthulu for #1 son’s Christmas in spite of the large collection of Christmas gift games currently lurking in my gifts cupboard, just to show appreciation and encourage him.

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