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I was able to get some photos yesterday of Finn and Poe - here ya go! :lol:

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Finn is, of course, the gray one and Poe is the brown one. :lol: The other does STILL have not popped yet....I think they're just fat. :sigh:

Oh! As a bonus, have some pics of the newest sewing project - another SOI's Vintage Shirt Dress. This is in a nice cotton lawn; the collar is a sand washed silk.

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I learned a few things, here - cotton lawn is lucious feeling - very light, airy, and cool. Silk..is of the devil. Slippery, slick, and sticky. My machine grumbles, but will sew it IF I go slow and sandwich it between something else.

The lawn came from England (eBay - LOVE it!). I'll be ordering more - at a little over $4/yard, you really can't go wrong! The pattern is...interesting, but not Ugly, so it's good. :lol:
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but LJ is being slow as molasses this morning. It took *30* minutes to upload 2.....and I have 6 or 7 more. :sigh: I guess you get to see the new dress only, instead of the house. Which is NOT finished, but is much, much closer!

Anyway.

Dress! This is the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress:

2017 SOI Shirtdress front

2017 SOI Shirtdress side

It was very windy yesterday, so the photos aren't the best, but you can at least get an idea of the dress. I did NOT wear the jacket - it was threatening rain, and I will not risk that! :lol:

So, house. Monday the last of the new floors went in. Yesterday the plumbers came in and did the Master Bath, and repaired the pipe SG put a hole in, and re-installed the water filter (they removed it to repair the garage leak) - when SG hit the pipe, he flooded the (NEW!) bathroom. I told them to cut the water, they did - at the house, which re-routed the water into the (missing) water filter. Which flooded the garage. :sigh: It's all sorted, now. Still not DONE, of course - my NSDH has problems prioritizing things. Which is why the pasture got mowed, but the baseboards didn't get painted until 10 minutes before the plumbers showed up. They had to wait on HIM.....never mind. Suffice to say things still aren't done, but the pasture looks good.

Oh! One of the other pictures was of 8 new chicks - we have 2 broody hens. 1 is a nasty banty hen, so Herself pulled all the chicks. The other is sweet, but batty stole her hatchlings....so they're in the Garage Studio, as well.

I will try to upload again later - I'm not sure if it's on my end (storms right now) or LJ's. I'm pleased with the way things are looking; the armoires fit and look really, really good.

Gotta go get school sorted - later!
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which is nothing new, right? :lol: Let's see:

1. Sewing: Have the Sew Over It's Vintage Shirt Dress almost done! After staring at the muslin for a bit, I decided I *did*, in fact, like it, so I pulled out the $1/yard cotton I had slated for a shirtwaist dress and went to town. I'm near the end; it needs buttons, button-holes, bias binding at the arms, and a hem. Pics when it's done.

1a. H. sent me a BEAUTIFUL hand sewn - I should say, hand TAILORED - coat. In red. That goes with the new shirt dress perfectly. It's just GORGEOUS!!! It made me slow down on the the dress, so it would be worthy of being worn with it. I am humbled - and happy!

1b. Himself wants an Imperial Officer Uniform, to wear in December. I have scored the pattern for the pants and the coat (and the hat!), just need to score the fabric. Does anyone have ANY idea where I can look for a gray-green, suiting-weight? Wool is OK - and probably film-accurate. Budget-priced preferred - Herself has said she'd kinda like a uniform, too. :bangs head: (The TIE pilot flight suit is still on the table, but he wants the Uniform FIRST. :sigh:) I'm thinking 2 yards for the pants, and 3 yards for the coat (because I am paranoid of mistakes) per Uniform....so 10+ yards. I...can't afford $20/yard fabric in that amount. Black is a possibility, but he REALLY wants the gray-green - something to do with which branch he is. (Krennic's uniform has also been broached; black pants with white coat. Or Thrawn's - all white. :sigh: White and Black are relatively easy to find - the Gray-green is eluding me.)

I can't get into the Imperial Officer Forum (part of the 501st) without signing up - and I don't want to do that. He doesn't want to join; *I* want these to be film accurate in case he changes his mind later. :sigh:

2. School: Started lesson planning for next year - my last. Himself will be a Senior next year. This is hard - not because it's his last, but because he's galloped ahead, and I'm trying to figure out WHAT to do. I mean, he's already done more Science and History than Texas requires (or that he'd have gotten in Public School), he's doing Calculus (slowly. Thankfully! And Thank GOD for Khan Academy!!!!).

One of the things we're implementing is a linguistics "course" based on Asimov's book "Words on the Map". See, back when we started Homeschooling, I bought a Great Courses DVD set called "The History of the English Language"....linguistics. *I* LOVE linguistics; I love following the rabbit trail of where words came from. Turns out, so does Himself! So, when I was on an Asimov kick last year, I bought a bunch of books - mostly Science (we've been using them to finish out this year; some of the info is dated, but we talk about the new discoveries. Most of it's basic, so still valid.) One of the books I ran across was "Words on the Map"...which is basically a book of city names, and the history behind them. (I also bought "Words from the Myths", which I'm going to try to squeeze in, too.) We're excited - we're starting "Maps" next week!

3. Blather: My bruises are just about gone. Back still hurts, as does my cheek bone, but they are healing. The critters are doing well - the chicks are just about ready to go outside; good thing, since we're slated to get some day-old guineas next Thursday. :sigh: The goats are due to freshen in the next few weeks - I have a feeling the first kids will arrive the day the floors are going in. What a way to christen the new floors, huh? :lol:

Ugh...

Apr. 10th, 2017 05:57 am
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Let's see:

1. Healing. The bruises are fading, and the cuts and scrapes are, too. I am still sore, but it's livable now. Mostly.

2. House. I don't want to talk about it. The bathroom STILL isn't ready to tile. I have junk piled EVERYWHERE (and except for the boxes, it isn't mine.)

3. Sewing. Finished the new cushions for the breakfast area (they were yellow with cherries and olive ruffles; they are now blue with white lattice pattern and burgundy ruffles.) - they fit the room much better. I'm eyeing the windows now - I have 8 yards of the blue fabric; not sure it's enough. I'm thinking - I want new curtains, but am thinking I might need more fabric.

I cut and sewed a muslin of the bodice of Sew Over It's "Vintage Shirtdress". I cut a straight 16 out of some green and yellow fabric (I really shouldn't wear that fabric - it's NOT flattering!). I am on the fence. It....seems to fit, but I'm not sure if I like it. Might be that fabric....right now, it's sitting on Kat. I have a Cashmerette "Harrison" shirtdress kit that I might switch to....we'll see. The Harrison has no collar, while the Vintage does.....decisions, decisions.

4. House, part 2. I have some old iron skillets that I never use (glass cooktops + cast iron =/= good idea). I've been wanting to display them for years; when I put the bookcase over in the breakfast area I thought I could use the wall above it (that bookcase is all cookbooks. It makes sense!) Yesterday, Himself had an idea of how to do it - run a decorative board down the wall, and hang the (heavy) skillets from that. So. I now have a board on the wall, held by 1 screw. :bangs head: This WILL be finished this week - Himself has offered to take over.

5. Pesach begins tonight! I have de-leavened the house, and cleaned what I can. It'll have to do.

Think that's it for now. Hag Samech Pesach!
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1. Looks like LiveJournal might be near the end. :sigh: Went on last night, and had to agree to a new EUA; only it was in Russian (the Russians bought LJ...oh, years ago.) and the English translation "is not binding". Um. OK. I'm staying, at least, the way I am doing things now - posting on Dreamwidth (same user name) and cross-posting to LJ. I refuse to panic; if someone takes offense at my blathering, well.....:shrug:

2. LOTS of people in my "circles" are posting about living a "vintage" lifestyle: i.e.: roles defined in 1940/1950s thoughts. I....have to admit, I have leaned that way for YEARS - I think, honestly, that the Women's Lib movement damaged society. Women are, mostly, hard-wired to take care of children, keep house......you know, the things that Women's Lib said were limiting. Granted, I'm not going total vintage - I don't dress in vintage/retro clothes only (yes, I lean that way in my sewing, because I LOVE the look. I *wear* the look, but not every day. I am NOT a dresses-only gal, I like my capris/jeans, thank you very much. ) - but I am trying to "up my game" in the wardrobe department. Sweats are just.....sloppy, and I need to change my outlook.

I'm not sure exactly WHAT I'm trying to say here, except society is screwed up, and I think forcing Women to move outside the family-oriented sphere she occupied for...well, ever was a bad move. Do I think Women should NOT work outside the home? No - I think, IF it's in the best interest of the family, then Yes, she should be encouraged to work - BUT. If she wants to stay home, then she should not only be allowed to, she should be encouraged and supported. Looking down on someone who is "only a housewife/stay at home Mom"....that's......that's kind of stupid. I mean, without Mothers, there would be NO MORE people, you know?

3. House. Oh my goodness, my HOUSE. Pesach/Passover is NEXT MONDAY NIGHT - and my house is still a total disaster. Granted, there is very little crumb-hunting needed; we haven't had the kitchen back long enough to have a bunch of crumbs scattered around. (That's a plus, I guess! :lol:) But......I am SO TIRED of boxes!

Yesterday I painted the bathroom, and got most of our 2 new dressers painted. Normally, I hate painted wood - I love the natural woodgrain! - but in this case......We purchased 2 Ikea Tarva 5-drawer dressers with part of our kitchen refund. They are unfinished pine; I had planned on oil finishing them, like the countertops. Only......the drawer fronts on my dresser were UGLY. The grain is all over the place, there were 3 knotholes on 1 drawer front........it was bad. The 2nd dresser looked like it was made of totally different wood - it was almost pretty. I.....couldn't stand it. So, we decided to paint the dressers in the bathroom color (a pretty wine). I still have 9 drawer fronts to paint, but I think this was definitely the right idea - the dressers are PRETTY. And look great against the green bedroom walls. (I am SO TIRED of painting! This is IT for now - almost the entire house has been repainted since January. I am SICK OF PAINTING.)

4. Sewing. I have new chair cushions for the breakfast area cut out, the ruffles pinned, and ready to sew up. I'm hoping to do that this week. I've also decided to start a swatch book - not only of fabrics I've purchased, but of stuff I'd LIKE to purchase. See, I either order online, or get my fabric from Walmart or the outlet stores (money. I have to budget.) I....am not familiar with stuff not "basic" - some patterns call for ponte, and I have no idea, for example.

So. I bought some Educational Fabric Swatch packs from Fabric Mart (if you want some, get them now - they are discontinuing them), and joined their monthly swatch club. I figure, I'll get the swatches, set up a notebook, and have my own learning tool - all for less than the "official" swatch books are going for on eBay. Then, when I go shopping, I'll have a better idea of what a quality fabric feels like. In theory, anyway. :lol:

I am going to keep swatches from my projects, along with notes on how it sewed up, how it wore, how long it lasted...that way, I know, for example, that quilting cotton is OK, but won't last more than x years in use as clothing. And that XX store's denim is nice, but too heavy for "every day" clothes; it should be used for outdoor/work clothing. Etc.

Sorry for the rambles - I think the paint fumes got to me. :lol:
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I was able to get my hands on the Betty add-on pack (my bank automatically rejects any overseas purchases; I called them and got them to lift the ban for today. :huzzah!:), so I printed it out and ran it down to the Studio. I traced off the scoop-neck bodice, doing a 16 for the neck and shoulders, and blending to an 18 at the bust, then back to a 16 for the waist. I had some already washed cotton (in a shamrock print!) ready to go, so I cut out the bodice......somehow, 4 yards wasn't enough for the bodice and skirt pieces. I have the front skirt pattern pinned to the fabric, but had to wash another *1.5* yards to fit the back pieces on. :scratches head: Ah, well - it's another $1/yard fabric, so no biggie. It won't take long to sew up the bodice to check the fit - but I probably won't get to that today or tomorrow....or next week, even. :lol:

The plumbers have the water lines moved, but need to rough-in the tub and set it in place. Tomorrow, SG is supposed to go pick up the Hardie board so he can put it up, then we get to tile. However......one of my favorite fabric outlets is having a 25% off sale today/tomorrow/Saturday, so I think Herself, Mom and I may head over there tomorrow and see what they have. I'd like some linen/rayon/cotton lawn for the upcoming Hot season. :lol: (It does actually get cold here - below freezing, even! It's just....Summer is a little slice of Hell, usually - and this year? Looks to be BAD - we didn't have a Winter to speak of. I was in SHORTS just the other day, and sweating already. :shakes head: Dresses really are cooler in the heat, so I need to get my act together. :sigh:

Anyway. The plumbers just brought the tub in, and it's starting to smell like pipe cement. I think I need to head back down to the Studio to get away from it...:lol:
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We went to visit FIL yesterday; not only did he love my Betty, I got complimented by a total stranger, too! I had Herself take some photos while we were at FIL's, so I guess I'll do a proper review:

The pattern is Sew Over It's "Betty" Dress, based on a 1950's design. I sewed a straight 18, even though my measurements put me in a 16 (more on that in a minute). Because they are a UK company, I had to get the pdf version and print it at home (then use 2 full tape dispensers to assemble it.)

I had a few issues with the print out. The first few rows went together perfectly; the last few.....not so much. Since I trace off my size, it was no big deal - I simply moved the tracing paper to ensure everything was lined up. The sizes are well marked, and easy to trace/cut.

The instructions were clear. No photos, but good line drawings of the steps. I had a few problems - I can't do under stitching very well - need practice), and turning the facing and bodice right side out and sewing up the seams....was difficult. I ended up ripping and hand-sewing the small openings left for turning right-side out. MY problems - not the pattern's!

Anyway. I first traced off the 16, then pin-fit it to Kate. It didn't fit - the front was about 0.5" off center, and the back seam was about 1" off...making it approx. 3" too narrow. :scratches head: So, I went back, traced off the 18, and whipped up a muslin.

The muslin - which I sewed up in a thin muslin - still appeared to be a bit tight, but I just couldn't see going up 1 more size, so I soldiered on. You saw the almost finished dress on Kate, but now - I give you the finished dress:

Betty Dress front

Betty Dress Side

Betty dress back

It's a little too loose - the pattern description says it's supposed to be close-fitting, and nip in the waist. Mine.....is loose. I can pinch a good 2" out of the waist (should have trusted the measurements!), and about 1" - 2" out of the bust. The shoulders are a bit broad - I pinned them to my bra straps to both hide the straps AND help hold them up.

All that being said, I LOVE this dress! It's comfy, it's cool, and it's perfect for the upcoming summer heat. And the skirt is all twirly-whirly! :lol:

I have a few more planned. I'm trying to get my hands on the add-on pack (sleeves and different necklines) so I can change it up, but the original is hard to beat. I *think* I'm going to retrace the bodice; do the 16 for the neck and shoulders, blending to an 18 under the arm, then blending back to the 16 from the bust dart to the waist. I'll sew up the fashion fabric, to see how it fits - that way I'm only out maybe 1 yard if it doesn't fit right. :lol:

The plumber AND the concrete guys showed up today. The hole is GONE! And the Master Bath has been demolished. Tomorrow AM the new tub will be set in place, and the water pipes moved...then I get to paint and tile. Fun times!!
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I've promised photos for.....well, quite some time now. So, it's high time I actually DELIVERED, right? Right. :lol: There's a lot, so I'll put them behind a cut.

Click here for photos! )
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1. Leak is fixed! We have a big hole in the slab, now - they are supposed to - SUPPOSED TO - come out tomorrow to fix it. The plumber isn't for sure - he has to get ahold of his concrete guys, and we have to work on their schedule - but he's hoping. So am I - Herself is in knots over this. HER studio has a hole in it! :sigh:

2. Betty dress is a go - it looks like I am a slightly small size 18. Please note: It's just a number - I am a 40 in Decades of Style patterns, a 16 in Closet Case Patterns, and....I really don't know in the Big 4. It's taken me a bit to get "OK" with the size number....but, honestly - it's JUST an arbitrary number. And - in most cases, I have to do a bunch of tweaks to get ANY pattern to fit - this one? Just happens to fit almost perfect outside the box. I guess I am closer to the British ideal than I am to the American. :lol: (We'll see if that holds true with the shirtwaist pattern I'll be sewing up next. If so....well, Sew Over It may be getting a LOT of my money in the future. Why? Because a pattern that FITS with very little tweaks is worth it's weight in gold!) Anyway - the bodice muslin looked good (well, as good as it can look in sheer muslin), so I washed my fashion fabric this AM and will be getting to work on it shortly.

3. Chicks! I currently have 12 chicks in my Studio. They're cute, but....annoying. I was working on SG's overalls on Friday, and I put some music on. They.....HATED "Singing in the Rain", tolerated "Fiddler on the Roof", and DETESTED "Tarzan". I am slightly amused.....today I have more musical soundtracks ready to go; wonder how much they'll complain? :rofl:

4. Overalls - yup, they are FINISHED. I.....really didn't like the pattern. It's not really "overall" overalls - it's more overall Coveralls. The bib, as drafted, is split up the middle and requires snaps. The straps have elastic on the back, and use the plastic safety buckles...and the legs zip up from the hem to the knee. I ditched the zips and snaps (sewed the bib right up the middle), closed the slits in the side (so you could reach in and access your pants pockets), and added a zip on the right side. Oh - and used actual overall buckles, and ditched the elastic. They fit! I'll have to re-do the buttons - somehow, SG has lost my dies for my grommet setter, so I had to improvise. The tack backs are bent....but *I* do not care. The overalls are DONE.

Think that's it for the moment......I need to do a photo post soonish.
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and found the leak. Good news: It's on the hot water line, so we at least have running water!

Slightly good news: It's a slow leak, so we can turn the hot water on for laundry/showers, and it doesn't flood too badly.

Bad news: It IS in the slab. Close to the front wall, in the ledge that stops your car from going thru the wall. :sigh:

Insurance is covering this....but....it's claim #3. I am a bit concerned, but honestly? This might be a good thing - we've had Farm Bureau since 2003/4, and we might be able to get a cheaper rate from someone else. (I am TRYING to look on the bright side here.)

IT's also Chick Season! Herself bought 12 chicks today: 6 Silver-laced Wyandottes, 4 Buff Orgs, and 2 Americunas (aka Easter-eggers). Normally, they'd be in the garage Studio, but due to the fans and work tomorrow, they are currently in my Studio chillin'. Fun times!

SG's overalls are SOCLOSE to being finished! I need to get the straps turned right-side out, then they need to be attached and the hardware installed, then I need to hem the legs and they are DONE. I've already started tracing off my next project - Sew Over It's "Betty" dress. I.....well. I'm not sure how this is going to work out. I have the bodice almost all traced off - I'll tissue fit it to Kate to see if it'll work or not. They say it fits closely - we'll see. I *really* want it to work out - it has a floofy, full-circle skirt that is so, so twirly! :giggle: I have fabric for 2 versions ready to go......

I need to clean up dinner. Tomorrow is going to be a noisy, busy day.
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why? Because we have ANOTHER water leak. This one flooded the garage Studio.....good news is that Herself's stuff is all up, so none of her things got ruined. Bad news........this is claim #3 in 3 years. :sigh: Also bad news: water is bubbling up through the slab.......BUT. If I remember correctly (and the photos I took during home construction seem to bear out my memory) there are NO water lines in the garage slab. I *think* the pipe is leaking outside, where the main line was cut to add in the water softener; I think the soil has absorbed all the water it could, and it started looking for a place to go....and found some small cracks in the cement.

MOST of the damage is on the "new" wall - where the overhead door used to be. We've always had a bit of a problem there - when it rains the water backs up on the porch - and it looks like this time the water took the path of least resistance and came in under the wood studs. :sigh:

There are only 2 fans and 1 dehumidifier out there. They ripped up all the drywall under the windows (where the garage door used to be) up to 2'. Right now, it's bone dry in there - we had the water off all night (THAT was fun....NOT.). Right now, I have the water back ON - I am doing laundry and dishes - and so far, no water in the Studio. :sigh:

Insurance has contacted a leak detector, but they can't come out until MONDAY. Our usual plumber has one that can come out tomorrow.....and, so far, NO ONE can come out before MONDAY to start the bathroom demo. FUN times, let me tell you!

Anyway. I am physically better - still some coughing, but it's toned down a LOT. Herself is better; Himself's throat is better, but he's trying to cough up his lungs. And now SG has started coughing :sigh: I have managed to get SG's overalls to the point of almost completion - they need straps, the edges finished, and hems. The goal is to finish them TODAY, so I can start on a new dress for me - Sew Over It's "Betty". Then it's on to shirts for Himself, a dress or 2 for Herself (only I want HER to sew it up - we'll see how that goes!) and a few more cotton dresses for me. Oh - and a few more fabric bins for yarn containment. :lol:

I'm off - it's almost time to start school. Laters!
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in fact, it's *worse* today. The ears are good - thanks for the tips! - we hit the Vitamin Shoppe Saturday and I picked up some garlic oil capsules. Worked a treat! The nose, however, is worse. :sigh:

Yesterday was tidy the Studio day, and start SG's overalls. The sewing side of the Studio is almost neat; the weaving side, not so much. :shrug: I got the front of the overalls pretty much done; the pattern is a Kwik Sew one that leaves a lot to be desired.

SG got 1 side of the bar finished. Finally. Still hasn't finished the kitchen, or the baseboards.....but at least progress has been made. No bets on how long it'll take to do the other part of that wall......:big sigh:

Going to attempt school today. Then will attempt to get back to the Studio to work on the overalls some more - but that might not happen. We'll see - I didn't sleep last night because a) I couldn't breathe and b) Bree has discovered that she can easily get on the bed at any time. And so, at midnight, she decided SHE deserved to sleep on the bed. On top of me. Which caused Loki all sorts of angst - HE is supposed to sleep on me, NOT any other dog! At least I was warm.
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Let's see.....ALL the fiber has been moved into the Studio. The Pie Safe was emptied, moved, scrubbed, repainted, scrubbed again, then set into place and filled. All the spinning kates have been scrubbed and waxed.....:whew:

Yesterday we went hunting for the last 3 bead board panels. Home Depot had some, but we also hit the Salvage place. They had bead board.....and we had a great idea for the top of my cutting table.

The original plan had been a table 6' x 4'. SG talked me into changing it to 5' x 6'...until yesterday. I had been going to buy 2 30" doors for the top; metal plates to screw them together, sand and paint the top. The Salvage place was too expensive, door-wise; the salesman suggested a countertop. However...a countertop the size I wanted (even mis-matched)...was going to be MORE than the cabinets were. Hmmm....SG asked about laminate, they had some.....for $15/sheet. $15 for a sheet of MDF.....and I'm back to a 6' x 4' top.

Only.....we went to Home Depot today to pick up the bead board (they were $1/sheet cheaper)....and they had a 3/4" MDF board with laminate on BOTH sides...for $35. No paint, so seams....just a lovely, slick 1 piece top. :lol: Yes, we bought it....and SG is building the shelves right now. :rofl:

I also knocked out a futon cover - 2 Queen-sized sheets and 30 minutes of sewing, and voila! A pretty, easy to remove, cover.

It was busy, but a good weekend. I'm hoping to get the loom uncovered and moved this week....the electrician is supposed to be out on Wednesday...we'll see. :lol:
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Sorry for the radio silence - we've been on the run almost constantly. :sigh: Guess it's our new normal? Hope not..... Anyway.

1. The Lord REALLY wanted me to fast - He had Wednesday's Doc appt rescheduled for Thursday. So, I fasted. And stayed home all day. :lol:

2. FIL is better - both docs say so. Hopefully he'll take that to heart.......we (SIL and me) are trying to gently convince him he needs a dog for companionship. I told him I'd cover any vet costs - because, after all, we'd be the ones with the dog if anything happens to him. We're going over again tomorrow, and are planning on bringing the Riley for him to interact with.....we'll see how that goes.

3. The electrician came out Monday evening (after telling me he'd be out Tuesday, since Monday was a holiday), installed 1.5 lights, and left. He's supposed to come out tomorrow.......we'll see. I have moved almost all the sewing books out there - my books are stacked on top of each other in the current shelves and are falling/getting damaged.......so, he can move around my stuff. The serger desk is in there, too - and in a little bit, Herself's sewing desk will be in there. SG needed to get to some of his tools to do finish work in the Studio, so.....:shrug: We're still missing 3 ceiling panels....so I can't move the loom out there yet.......but SG says as soon as we get those in and installed, he will work AROUND the loom to finish the ceiling/walls. :taps fingers impatiently:

4. I had an awesome idea for 1 more quilted wall-hanging.......and I have a confession to make. Know how I keep saying I HATE quilting? Well......I had an idea last week for a "fiber critter" hanging; I already had templates for sheep and goats, and found a pattern for Llamas and Alpacas. I went into the garage Studio (soon to be Herself's) and started digging for the goats pattern........

If I hate quilting so much, please explain to me how come I have *14* quilted wall hanging patterns in my stash? Some of which already have fabric matched up to them???? :lol:

I have to admit, I like quilted wall hangings - they're cute, they're different, they're handmade....but I honestly do not like *making* them so much. Back when we bought this house (in 2013), I had *plans* - I was going to be like MIL, and decorate for each season and holiday.....which explains the multitude of patterns. I made 1 with stacked jack-o-lanterns (fun!), then made 1 with 4 turkeys....that one made me dislike quilting. Each turkey has 9 tail feathers that you sew together, then appliqué on the square, then you appliqué the body and details on top of them.......:shudder: I put them aside for a while.

Then we started homeschooling, so I made one for that......we put it up each Monday AM (to start our week), then pulled it down every Friday and replaced it with one I made for Shabbat. That routine got old, though...so I made 1 with goats (matching the fabric for each goat with 1 of our goats :lol:)......:sigh: and :lol:

But. :sigh: MIL told me (shortly after she went to the Rehab) that she had a box of feed sack fabric that had my name on it, and I was to go GET it. I didn't.......until Thursday (because I want to use some of that for my critter quilt). While I was digging for that box, I found a basket with a TON of quilt squares in it. FIL didn't recognize it, so I said :gulp!: that I would assemble them and see what we had....and I would do my best to FINISH the quilt.

Now, most of what MIL had been doing was small lap-quilts, or twin-sized quilts.....and that's what I figured I had. Um......nope. SIL sent me a photo of MIL's friend's finished (matching)quilt (they were working on them together - MIL put hers aside to start on Herself's quilt)...this thing is KING-sized, it's a BEDSPREAD...it's HUGE. And she's missing 3 appliquéd squares. :gulp: It'll be gorgeous....and I'm going to try to work on it next year. I need to up my game, first.......I want to do it justice. Guess I need to work on appliqué work now......I figure my hand-sewing will be a LOT better by the time that thing is quilted! :lol:

Need to get moving.......
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We went to the hospital today to see FIL. He's in the observation unit; he has a UTI and as of this AM fluid in the lungs. :bangs head: He's very very very wheezy, and tired. We saw the Doc; he said that he *might* be discharged tomorrow.

So. We're back on the treadmill. :fun times: Hopefully we can take him home tomorrow.....we'll have to see if the kids stay, or not. :sigh:

In other news, we have 2 chicks now. One of the silkies decided she wanted to go broody, and 2 survived. They are too, too cute. :lol: The other silkie hen is broody now...we'll see if she gets lucky, too.

And....I am halfway thru a wall quilt. Have I mentioned I hate quilting? Because....I do. But this is cute...and I have 1 more in the queue. :lol: They're for the Studio, of course....and they are sheep-themed. Of course. :snicker: Since I currently can't do any apparel sewing (because I don't have the room to cut out things right now), this has to do.

Work on the Studio is stalled...because we're at the hard part, yo. It's just too ~hard~ to put the ceiling panels up! :/whine: :bangs head: *I* can't move anything out there until the electric is done, and the electrician can't proceed until the ceiling is finished. VERY frustrating. (And no, the kids and I can't do it - they don't know what to do, and I can't physically hold the panels up for nailing. And Himself isn't too sure about the jigsaw.....so we're at a standstill.) :grrrrrrrr:

Ah well. It'll get done when it gets done. Yesterday we found a CraigsList ad......and scored a desk (for MIL's machine....MUCH better than the cabinet!) with chair, AND a small sleeper sofa. It's smaller than a modern loveseat....and it looks untouched. Seriously - except for dust, it looks brand-spankin' new! Brown/cream/black/rust plaid...slightly ugly, but FREE. :lol: I am researching slipcovers......because the colors don't really fit my color scheme. :rofl: I'm not really sure how to Tetris it in.....but I'll make it work. I need someplace to curl up and read, after all.

The wall quilt is calling........what have I gotten myself into? :snicker:
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Let's see...life is almost, sorta back to normal. Whatever "normal" is. :grin: The kids are still at FIL's, and will probably remain there until the end of this week. I *hope* to have them home this weekend, so we can get Himself back into the groove of school and such....but if FIL still needs them, he's got them.

My Studio is built. The outside is almost finished - it came primed. The last week of MIL's life I noticed a Sherwin-Williams store near the nursing home...and they had the magical words "All Paint 30% off!" in the window. :lol: So...the outside is just about finished - I don't do too well on ladders, and the kids aren't home, so the highest points of the gables and trim still aren't painted. (I fell off the ladder trying to paint them, so I quit. No harm done; SG said he'll get to it *soon*.)

The interior, however......we went with an electrician that is a friend of a family member. He....well, I'm sure he's good....he just doesn't show up until 5 PM, and leaves at 6. My "2-day job" is now on day 5 (because he doesn't work weekends, naturally!). :sigh: He really wasn't that much cheaper than the other guys that quoted us (and assured us my building was a couple of hours job, and would be done within 2 days of setting it up. :bangs head:) - the difference is that this guy threw in the light fixtures (used, of course....."on a model home, so not really Used."), and the other guys didn't. We're talking maybe $200 in lights.......oh, well. Live and Learn. This guy has "worked" himself out of doing SG's shop. :sigh:

Anyway. The meter was hooked up today. Saturday SG put in the insulation, tying it up out of the electrician's way. Soon as the wiring is roughed in, we'll be slapping up panelling; once the fixtures are in and the carpet installed (should be next week - the carpet guy told me up front it wouldn't be this week; I am OK with that!) I can move my stuff *in*. Then we can repaint the garage (Herself picked out the paint at Sherwin-Williams......the word "Sale" is a magical thing, indeed! :lol:) and she can get her stuff moved in there.

Pictures when it's finished. :lol:

Saturday I purchased the cabinets for my cutting table. Yes, I have the fold-down one from MIL...but. I am tight on space in the Studio (because it's not just for sewing, but also weaving/spinning/knitting/fiber prep), so things have to be multi-purpose. The cutting table I have....it's good for when you need something temporary, but you really can't set up storage under it. So. I was toying with using base cabinets and plywood. We priced them at Lowe's......$500 for the cabinets ONLY. :gulp!: CraigsList has been worthless for cabinets...so Saturday morning I woke up with the idea that we needed to go to the local Salvage Yard.

Lo and behold, they had a 6' long sink cabinet..for $170. My "dream" table is 6' x 4'. OK......for $10 more they are putting in 2 drawers where the sink is supposed to go. For another $70 I got 2 12" drawer cabinets for the opposite corners......add 2 plywood shelves and a top and I have a nice, sturdy cutting table with TONS of storage! I should be picking the cabinets up this weekend.....a quick coat of paint and a bit of work, and voila! Fabric storage, tool storage, AND a cutting table! :bounce:

As a bonus, they had a gorgeous stained glass door panel just sitting there.......I asked, the guy hem-hawed, then made me an offer. SG cut into my door yesterday and installed it. :lol: What? FIL has said he wants to get back into stained glass; this just saved him some work. :rofl: No, it wasn't necessary, but it's oh-so-lovely, and it lets in a bit of light so I don't feel so claustrophobic. AND it'll save SG some money - he is going to buy me a storm door. We were looking at stained-glass ones....now he can buy a plain glass one. :happy dance:

I've been busy at the sewing table; Herself now has a machine cover and chair cushion, and the serger now has a cover and matching chair cushion, and the curtains are done. I need to cover some cork boards, then I think I'm done with the sewing portion of the Studio. For the moment, anyway. I need to eventually make a cover for MIL's machine, and a matching cushion (once I get a chair for *that* cabinet), but that can wait a bit.

I think that brings me up to date. So...how are things with y'all?
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Honestly. 102*, BEFORE the heat index. At least it's already August....

1. MIL is...well, she is. Some days she's better than others. The dialysis doctor told her that she's on dialysis for the rest of her life.....which we had NOT told her. :sigh: Still, it's now out in the open and we can start working on her attitude towards it. (Uphill battle, but what do you do?) Thursday was a Bad day; Saturday she was almost normal. The nurses say she's doing OK.....

2. FIL is home; the kids are "babysitting" him. He needs it. Himself is the official receptionist; FIL refuses to answer the phone if he doesn't recognize the number. There are a LOT of people calling now to set up PT appointments, home health visits, etc......none of which he would have any way of recognizing. :sigh: He also can't remember what they do to him/for him when they're there, so both kids have been instructed to be nosy. I can't help if I don't know what's going on, and I simply can't be there every day, all day.

2a. The kids are NOT allowed to ride with FIL if they have a choice. He's easily distracted.....and I really don't want them hurt. :big sigh:

3. For mental health, I've started another 1950's Diamond Dress. What? The JoAnn's near the IL's had some "Starry Night" fabric, and it was 30% off. I've spent most of the day carefully laying out my pattern 1 piece at a time; I need to do my best to pattern match it at the center front and center back. :fingers crossed:

I'm trying to decide if I want to swim tonight or not. Sounds funny, huh? But it's so bloody hot....I'm not sure I want to go OUT in it, even if it is to swim. :sigh: Guess I'll do some more cutting....I need a new dress. They're all I want to wear in this heat, and even though SG bought me 4 little knit dresses at Wally-world, I prefer woven cotton to sleazy knits. However, in this heat? I'm not picky. :lol:
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Today was a wash - we had to run to Granny's. :sad: She fell Sunday evening, and finally called 911 at 2 AM Monday. Spent the rest of the night at the ER; got home and called us at 3-ish Monday afternoon. We had to do some shopping for her, and Himself did some honey-do's. :sigh: She's started a quilt for Herself - I told Herself that if Granny couldn't finish it, I would. I took photos of the layout, so I can make sure it's how Granny would have done it....I really hope I don't have to step in.

Anyway. Been busy Sunday and yesterday making new covers for our dress forms. I went to Bootstrap and bought the basic block woven dress for both Herself and I, in our measurements. I debated a bit, then cut the "real" fabric - this is a cover, I'm not going to do draping (I have no interest in it, honestly), so if I had to add seams/whatever, it'd be OK.

The dresses fit almost like a 2nd skin, which is what I wanted. I needed to repaid my form, and pad her's, so....I needed these to be like, well, US. :lol: I did have to add a couple of seams under the busts, because...these were supposed to be dress blocks, not dress form covers. :rofl: Here, have some photos:

First up, Me (Kat):

dressform front

dressform side

dressform back

And Herself's (Dolly):

dressform C front

dressform C side

dressform C back

The fabric is from the great $1/yard caper. :lol: I ran zippers up the backs, to make it easy to open up and repad if necessary. They're coat zippers - it's all Wallyworld had. (SG was confused - "Why...um....the zipper's BROWN. And..isn't this a bit...short? And...tight?" :sigh: I had TOLD him what I was working on. :lol:) The bottom has elastic run thru a casing - I need to pull both a little tighter, but they work for now. The armholes are just covered by fabric circles - I can't decide if I want to sew them to the cover, or not. And I haven't decided if I need to cover the neck, or not......

And - they MATCH us. Eerily so! I dialed both forms down to the smallest they'd go, then padded them up with polyfill quilt batting. They are both now pinnable - a plus! (The wrinkles at the bottom are from the elastic pulling. I've pulled them taught-er, so there are fewer wrinkles now.)

I used Herself's Bernina to sew her cover up. It's NICE. I still prefer my Singer, but.....she's actually wanting to sew, now, because it's so QUIET. (The Singer is nice, but it has a bit of a growl to it. The Bernina? Hums. She prefers it.) I need to print out a manual for it - the needle seems to be on the right, and it threw me off. I can't figure out if it's moveable or not. Herself doesn't care, but...I do. :lol:

Tomorrow is a make-up day for school. Herself wants to make some halter tops, so I need to help her trace off her size and work up a muslin. :heehee: I need shorts, but she needs to get comfortable with her machine.

Gotta get ready for bed - laters!
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well, except for the pillowcases. Y'all will just have to imagine those - I gave them to Himself before snapping photos (what? They're just rectangles!) and...well....I am NOT asking for them back. :lol:

Anyway...first up, my finished fishie blouse:

2016 fish blouse

Finished it this morning; I had been putting off doing the buttonholes. I forgot how fast and easy the attachment makes it. :shrug: The buttons are from the '40's, according to the seller. I thought they looked like bubbles and HAD to have them for this top. :lol: (The bubbles don't show up very well here - they are OPALIZED, y'all! They look like stones under water, the way they sparkle!)

Next up, my 1940's Homefront overalls as a playsuit (why, Hello Google! :lol:) This is a review of the pattern as well as a brag post, because....well, the pattern has *issues*.

This is a Retro-vivo pattern from Wearing History. She takes an original pattern and grades it up/down, but does nothing else to it. The instructions are photocopies/scans of the original pattern....and therein lies the problem. (Well, ONE of the problems.) I'm not sure this pattern was written for a sewing machine - the assembly directions want you to make the bodice, then make the bottoms (sewing up ALL seams, except for the short bit on the left side where the facing/button band will go), THEN attach both to the belt, THEN attach the facing/button band and do the button holes.

I'm sure a more experienced sewer could do this....*I* canNOT. The first pair of overalls I did, I followed the instructions. There was NO WAY I could neatly apply the facing and button band, and the buttonholes are...well, creative. The 2nd pair, I left everything FLAT; did the facing/button band/buttonholes and THEN sewed up both side seams. Anyway, on to THIS project.

I decided to line the bodice again - it's a much nicer finish then the way the pattern calls for (bias tape on the raw edges). My choice: Watermelon fabric!

2016 overalls fail inside

I have to say, I did a bang-up job on these! The sewing up was as close to perfect as I can get it. I carefully sewed the seam, then overlocked it to tidy up the inside. All was going well, until I sewed the bottoms to the top.....

2016 overalls fail

Don't know if you can see what I did there.....:sigh: Basically, you attach the RIGHT side of the bodice front to the back, and the RIGHT side of the bottom front to the back. Um.....I did, only I sewed the side that was on the right of the front as it was FACING ME to the back, then neatly overlocked the edge, then overlocked it AGAIN because it wasn't quite neat enough. I then proceeded to sew it to the belt, overlock it, press it, and TOPSTITCH it. THEN I noticed my mistake. :bangs head:

I spent a bit of time looking at it, but decided to junk it and start over. (Don't worry - I figured out a way this AM to USE both parts - I'll cut the bottom off of the belt, add a new belt, and have a pair of shorts. I'll take the top and add a skirt to the narrower belt, and voila! A dress!) I didn't have enough of the lining to do another watermelon set...so I got cupcakes, instead:

2016 overalls inside

THIS time, I obsessively marked the side seam I was to actually SEW. :lol: I was just as careful, so this set is also pretty "perfect":

2016 overalls front


2016 overalls side

I figured out a few things: instead of using 2 layers of denim for the front facing, I used the lining fabric. On the long overalls, I couldn't figure out exactly WHAT the instructions wanted me to do (still can't, to be honest!), so I folded the facing in half and used it that way. It was MURDER to try and do the buttonholes thru 3 layers of denim; this time it was a *breeze*. I cut 2 of the facing pieces, sewed them, flipped them, and topstitched them before attaching them to the bodice. The buttonholes hold it in place.

The button band is the same - the outside is denim, the inside is lining. It's neat, it's pretty, and it was not as difficult to install the hammer-in jeans tacks that I used.

Of course, that could be because I discovered that my grommet press will also work on the jeans tacks. (Helpful hint: IF you're going to be sewing a lot of jeans, run - don't walk! - to eBay and snag one of these lovely, lovely tools. I looked last night and there are a few listed for as low as $35! I paid $65 for mine, and it's worth every penny!)

They don't fit Kat perfectly, but you can at least SEE them on a "body". Sorry, but I don't do morning pictures - bed braid and hay isn't a good look for me. :lol: Not that the husband complained.....he seems to have a thing for women in overalls. :wink:

The only thing I don't like about these is that the denim I bought for me is a stretch denim. I thought I had grabbed a bolt of non-stretch; it didn't stretch any when I tested it (I also bought a bolt of stretch for Herself; it's still stretch. :lol:) This was a bit.....fun...to sew up; I think the lining will help the bodice not stretch out during wear. The bottoms...well, I guess they'll get a little baggy. :shrug: NEXT time I'll be more vigilant in my testing of denim! (I STILL need to get me some lighter-weight NON-stretch denim. :Sigh:)

All-in-all, though, I'm happy with these. They are perfect for summer barn work. And the lining does make me happy. :lol:

Oh! For the 2nd pair of overalls I made earlier, I added 2" to each leg piece (because the hips on the original pattern are SNUG. To the point that you can NOT work in them. You can pose, you can walk, you can look very cute, but you can NOT actually do any work. Since I wanted them to USE.....) I carefully added another dart to the back and tuck to the front, taking up the amount I had added to the side. I remembered - now! - that I had a problem with the pants being too wide; this time I widened the added dart/tuck by another half-inch EACH.

The pants were STILL 1" too wide. :bangs head: I re-drew the dart AGAIN; the pants on the cupcake set was only 1/4" too wide. I simply made a small tuck on either side of the right side seam and called it good. Thing is, I can't see HOW it's too wide! I carefully used 5/8" seams, like it calls for, I took out via the dart/tuck the same amount I had added.....:shrug: The belt fit the bodice (which is traced from the same size as the pants, and is a wee bit loose on me)...so I dunno what's up with that.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!
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and it's only Wednesday! Oy vey!

Let's see...Monday we went to the Grandparent's. Um....Grannie isn't doing very well. We got there around 9:30; the door was open so we walked in. She was sitting on the floor - she had (please excuse me) fallen and couldn't get up. And we couldn't get her up. Her neighbor got home at 11 and got her up into a chair; while we waited the kids and I did a lot of little things for her around the house. :sigh:

Yesterday was SG's day of working from home. I had to go with him to the Toyota dealership (40 miles away) to drop off the Camry for recall work. I then spent the day (after school, of course) sewing some tank tops - here:

2016 tank tops

I have 5 (well, 6 if you count the wearable muslin - watermelon fabric. It seems SG has a "thing" for fruit prints - he LOVES the top. He couldn't comment on the *fit*, but the print? LOVE.) The lozenge and the fish are finished; the other 3 are waiting on bias tape for the neck and armholes. Here - look at it on Kat:

2016 fish tank top

It's unstructured; loose and comfy. PERFECT for outdoor chores.

I also have another Gertie top almost finished:

2016 fish Gertie top

(I can just eke out 2 shirts from 3 yards of fabric, IF I use bias tape for the binding, instead of self-bias. Not too bad! It's why I have the same print in 2 different shirts.)


I'm waiting on a button placement gauge - I love this print so much, and I want this blouse to be as perfect as I can get it. (The other tops are a little wonky in the button area - no big deal, but I'm trying to up my game here.)

We're pretty booked the rest of the week, so there will probably be no more sewing. Next week I need to tackle shorts. And PJ's.

Sam seems to be doing well. :fingers crossed: We're slowly tapering the steroids down, so....hopefully he'll continue doing well. I want to tackle a Thundershirt knock-off for him out of some of the knit fabric I picked up last week....people clothes first, though.

If I don't get back here before Friday, have a great week/weekend!

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