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Whiskey Tango Hotel

So I’m taking a day or so to get caught up on projects that were left by the wayside due to a sliced finger and then a lovely summer cold, complete with allergies (blech!!). Now I’m back at it … but I would have preferred to get back at it around 9:00 a.m., not at 6:00 a.m.

To update: Simplicity 3799 is cut VERY small. I typically wear anywhere between a size 2 and a size 6, so opted to go with the XXS tunic and shorts. The XXS is allegedly a size 4.

That was a mistake.

I can’t pull the tunic down over my shoulders and I can’t pull the shorts up over my hips.

(Apparently my hips DO lie.)

I’m glad I didn’t cut the blue crepe with the embroidered anchors otherwise I’d be superp!ssed. I just need to get a new pattern, and go with size small next time. So someone’s little girl will be the lucky beneficiary of custom-made duds. Black, red, and white paisley tunic, and black shorts. Hit me up if you’re interested; some minor hemming needs to be done but for the most part they’re good to go.

The bear is almost done; the arms, legs, and back seams need to be slip-stitched shut, and I have to finish that wretched vest.

I also made a small bowl (Simplicity 1126), a plaid skirt (Simplicity 2184), and plan to make a pair of shorts (in the correct size, mind you—McCall’s 6930). Finally, I bought a new mat and frame for “When I Am an Old Cat” and hope to re-hang it later today.

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Here Goes Nuthin’, Part Two

As I posted earlier, I cut the crap out of my finger with my kung-fu veggie chopping skills—I’m sure my chef friends out there would shake their heads at my so-called kung fu veggie chopping skills, maybe throw in a “bless her heart” or two—so I had to take a hiatus from sewing and other craft work. I would prefer not to bleed all over everything.

I have the following which I must complete sooner rather than later:

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon (cross stitched on plastic canvas with beaded outline, for a good friend who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer)

and this bear needs to be sutured up and clothed:

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Please note, if you are in my neck of the woods, I would like to offer my humble apologies in advance for the cursing and ranting and raving you may hear as I try to finish the [expletives deleted] bear’s vest. I am currently on the third incarnation of it (the first one turned out incorrectly, the second was too small). I hope the third time will be the charm in this instance!

Finally, on Tuesday night there is a figure drawing class at the Goggleworks. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (they ask that participants show up 15 minutes early to help set up) and costs $5 (cash payable at the information desk). Bring your own materials. I think I’m going to give it a shot! Let’s see if I can improve upon this (don’t laugh, please):

OCMD sketch

FTR, I hate using oil pastels

As always, WATCH THIS SPACE!

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An Exciting Past Few Days

[Edited 6/10/2017]

I have been one of the gainfully unemployed for over two years, and while sometimes not working was fun, on the whole it was soul-crushing boredom. I took up sewing again, got back into designing my own cross stitch patterns (I have yet to execute any of them as of this moment, but hey! it’s only 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning! the day is still young, right?), and took up meditation to (try to) get my mind serene.

On Thursday, my local paper had an advertisement announcing a need for obituary writers (part-time). The hours are great (afternoons, with some weekends), the office is conveniently located downtown (park-and-ride! mass transit! this would be awesome!) I lined up my references, drafted a cover letter, and sent in my résumé.

Another downtown employer is seeking a Visitor Experience Supervisor; résumé will be cued up and sent out shortly.

So hopefully within the next few weeks (days? a girl can hope, can’t she?), I will have a new gig lined up.

Last week, I sent a letter to the spousal-unit’s incredibly cool, generous, and talented aunt; she is an artist living in South Dakota and we correspond frequently. In the letter, I included photos of Maggie and Sarge.

In return, she sent me a piece of her work titled Notions and I have to say it will look amazing in my craft room! I can’t wait to hang it. Not sure what I will send her in return but it’s going to have to kick ass. (But now that I think of it, I have an idea … watch this space!)

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Sew Crazy!

I have been a woman possessed by the spirit of a mad crazy seamstress lately. Even since the spousal-unit bought me a new sewing machine (Singer Brilliance), I’ve been a total heaux fo’ sho’ sewing.

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To date, I have made upwards of 250 snappy bags in a plethora of fabrics, a dozen pairs of pajama bottoms (See & Sew B5517 for Mom and Sally, Simplicity 1520 pants for the spousal-unit, Ashley, Rain, and myself in either Philadelphia Flyers or tubby penguin flannel, and sleep shorts),

a floppy beach hat (McCall M6664, one in purple paisley, one in a black, red, and white pattern, both of which will go with my swimsuits);

and three skirts (Simplicity 2184) in the material shown below.

Not to mention, I FINALLY finished my Christmas in Paris apron (See & Sew B5125)

And made a Steelers catnip toy for Sarge’s cousin George.

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In the pipeline we have 2 tunics and 2 pairs of shorts (Simplicity 3799; khaki and black shorts, and tunics in this material);

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And as I blogged yesterday, a teddy bear, sundress, panties, and hat for OBIL’s stepdaughter’s first baby.

However, let us go back to Simplicity 3799. Two things:

  • What the hell is a size XXS? Is it like a size 00? And
  • Who came up with this pinning/cutting schematic for the tunic? I am sewing tops, not building a damn battleship.
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Procrastination

I am almost halfway done sewing the Roman shade, so naturally had to stop working on that and start working on other projects.

Younger Brother-in-Law (YBIL) is a horse racing enthusiast, and with the Kentucky Derby coming up this weekend, I decided to make him some swag for the day after finding some sweet Derby-themed cloth at JoAnn Fabrics (it was 60% off!).

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So from this he is getting:

(The patterns for the last three items were on sale at JoAnn Fabrics, 3 for $5.)

Then I received a nice note from my friend’s daughter who is in her sophomore year at university—late last year I made her a pair of pajama bottoms in this cute tubby penguin flannel which she really really liked.

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I found some adorable pink patterned cotton fabric at Walmart for 50¢/yard (!!!)

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So I made her another pair of pajama bottoms and a headband to match.

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Next is a bear, sundress, panties and hat for my Older Brother-in-Law’s stepdaughter’s baby girl who is due any day now.

Once all of the above is done, it’s back to home dec and then summer wardrobe. I hope to get my summer wardrobe done before Memorial Day however, at the rate at which I’m going that might not be happening.

Watch this space!

(PS the phrase-that-pays: “Is there such a thing as double-sided fusible web?” as I get out my Heat-N-Bond, which is double-sided fusible web.)

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