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First up, though - please add my friend Cynthia to your prayer list. She was admitted to the hospital Monday with a blood clot and fluid in the lungs. She was released today....but I'm still worried. I have told her that she is NOT allowed to get terminal right now; if she does, I will drag her back and it won't be pretty. :weak grin: I can NOT deal with that right now......:sigh:

Anyway. I have been busy this year, already. Before you scroll down....I know what you're going to think. You're going to think I am crazy and should maybe be visited by the lovely men in white coats. And...you wouldn't be totally wrong....:lol:

It all started with my KitchenAid mixer. I've mentioned this before - we live in a very dusty area. We have 6 dogs. And a pet door. (Because I'm lazy conscious of my dogs' comfort. I don't want them to have to wait to go outside and bark at leaves at 2 AM. :rofl:) This leads to a LOT of dust and dirt in the house...and I finally got tired of washing out the mixer bowl every single time I wanted to bake something. The last trip to the fabric outlets netted me a lovely yard of a vintage-y print - just enough, I thought, to cover the small appliances in the kitchen. I was almost right.....a quick trip to the local Wally-world took care of the coffee maker, and I re-did the toaster to match it (so it would look planned. :lol:)

Here's the espresso maker and coffee maker:

2016 appliance covers

The KitchenAid is in the same fabric as the espresso maker (LOVE the print!); the toaster matches the coffee maker. (That print makes me happy - it looks like my Fiestaware.) Each cover is lined with the pre-quilted fabric, to give it body and to hide the seams.

Only...then I started looking around. We have 3 printers.....all of which are constantly covered in a thin layer of dust. So.......out came the Star Wars fabric. :lol:

The laser jet is a black-and-white printer, so I thought the black-and-white Force Awakens fabric fit. (Why yes, my brain IS an interesting place!):

2016 LJ printer cover

The all-in-one printer and photo printer got bright, original trilogy fabric:

2016 color printer covers

I didn't get a photo, but my MacBook has a cover in both these prints; the color print is the outside and the B&W is the lining. Why Star Wars? Because our desk has become a Star Wars Fan Art center. And a Dr. Who center, but there's not a lot of cute DW fabric locally. :rofl: (Shoot, I forgot to get photos of my new pinnies/aprons! 1 is Dr. Who and the other is SW - Empire blueprints. Later!)(Also, the red kitchen island is now my sewing center. The serger lives there, along with my pressing tools, thread, and buttons. I try to use things outside the box...and this was perfect for this application. And it was free! :lol:)

Next up: covers for the iMacs. Herself wants Pokemon fabric (the local JoAnn's had some, but were out yesterday.); SG wants Star Wars fabric, but with Boba Fett. I found 1 print online - he's going to have to order a yard so I can get started. Himself has said absolutely NOT, No Way will he allow me to cover his gaming rig.....we'll see how long that lasts. :rofl: I have enough of the quilted fabric to do all 3, and still have some left over (I love JoAnn's coupons. I had a 50% off one yesterday, so I scored 4 yards of fabric. AND they were already almost 1/2 the price the local Wally-world wanted for the same stuff! :weird: So, I got 4 yards for about $1.50 MORE than I would have spent on *1* yard at Wally-world. Not bad!)

In other project news, I have started on pants. But..not the way I had originally planned. There's a couple of companies out on the 'net that sell custom-drafted patterns for pennies. 1 is Lekala (Russian, with an American site), the other is Bootstrap Fashion. I had signed up with Bootstrap a few months ago, input my measurements and downloaded a free dress - but haven't sewn it yet, because it's a knit and...I don't have any fabric suitable for a knit dress. :shrug: I had honestly forgotten about them, until Saturday evening. They had sent me an email touting their latest sale (patterns for $1.19. $1.19!!!! They're normally $2.49, which is still darn cheap!)...and the first pattern in the email was for a coat that has the EXACT silhouette I've been looking for. (Sort of a 1940's swing coat/redingote vibe) For $1.19.

Well. I didn't really want to have a Paypal charge of $1.19, so I started browsing. They have a section called "Basic Blocks".....hmmmmm. I went, I saw.......and I now have a custom-drafted pair of pants. They are a basic sloper/block pattern, which is great - I can use this to customize ANY pants pattern (once I nail the fit on the block, of course.)

Pattern Review has good things to say about Lekala/Bootstrap, so I have high hopes. Herself and I taped the pages together this afternoon, and I'm going to start working a pair up in muslin tomorrow. If it goes well, I'll be tracing off my overall pattern and starting on them soon!

I'm off - I need to get supper sorted. Have a great one!

Date: 2016-01-07 02:34 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I can't wait to see how your garment sews up - I took a look and got drool all over my keyboard. They have men's shirts. !!! I can score the most delightful shirting... but fitting DH is pesky.

Maybe I'm getting crotchety, but it gets old to have to fit (and fit and fit) every bit of clothing that you sew. I was thinking that today - cut a skirt and my new measurements are standard for a change and that was *so nice*, going straight to the real fabric.

Thank you! H

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