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macro Monday

Am I the only one waiting for Wednesday, praying for peace and quiet everywhere?  Hm. Thought not.

Meanwhile . . . . . wish I could say I’ve been sewing or crocheting, but haven’t had time. 🤨  Well, I made time to go through Vogue Fabric‘s latest drop — their Early Spring catalog.

There’s a lovely terra cotta ponte I could use for pants, shorts, or culottes. But since I’ve still got a mountain of fleece to sew up am restraining meself.  It’s just these autumnal colours are so rarely “in” I hate to pass them by. Know wha’a mean? 😫

Lots of familial communication lately.  Love ’em all to bits and appreciate hearing from them. A good zoom meeting instead of half a zillion emails would do the trick, but not for them.  C’est la vie. 😉

So this is short but sweet today – love you & leave you. May everyone’s week be quiet and calm and full of inspired creativity!

🧶     🎨     🪡     ✂️

2021, continued — or, Can I stop career dressing?

Diaries by paperblanks – my latest now in use.

I knew during the 2019-2020 winter that I needed to sew up some winter clothes a basic winter wardrobe, but I had an intuition to put it on hold. (It was a short, warm winter 😉.)

After decades of dressing professionally — whatever that means — my fabric and pattern collections mirrored that style. Meanwhile, I was working from home, trying to ramp up on-line diction & coaching sessions, and living a more relaxed life style.

Last March the rest of the world reluctantly joined me.  My resistance to more casual styles started to crumble. So did everyone else’s.

By November the wonderful world of indie pattern designers were churning out more appropriate patterns, and smart U.S. fabric stores were bypassing the post office for UPS or FedEx. BUT: Would I go the PDF route?

For me, everything started to coalesce when Love to Sew aired an October podcast, Sewing Loungewear. Then Vogue Fabrics had a quick fleece sale, PDFPlotting announced a big PDF pattern printing sale, and several indie pattern companies also announced sales.

Resistance fled.

3 of 4, washed (brown’s drying). The top navy (& brown) are for pants, gold & green (below gold) are for tops.

Thus, I find myself with 4 pieces of nice, soft and cuddly fleece for pyjama-style tops & bottoms, and a couple other pieces for spring makes. Heaven knows I’ve already got enough rayon for hot weather wear.

Now I’ve gotta run . . . there’s an LB Pullover pattern needing glue stick attention, and a Talvikki, and I need to consult my jacket pdf pattern pile . . . oh, and get those muffins done for Friday’s Virtual Tea Party. You’re all invited!

See you then . . . . . I hope! 😘

 

 

2021

Diaries by paperblanks – my latest now in use.

Well, it’s here and frankly, I don’t feel much difference, do you?

I mean, apart from the daily dreadful health news and (here across the pond) increasingly bizarre political news.

Is it any wonder my (and many others) have seen their sewjo gone walkabout, and in my case taken blogging with it?

But I keep thinking about blogging, and making notes of interesting-to-me things to share so at least I can collect a few of them into a post or two. Got your cuppa handy? Okay, here goes ~

Always a shot in the positive energy department is Marcy Harriell of Oonaballoona. She’s started a YouTube channel along with her husband, Rob, and I like it.

Here’s a recent interview I found particularly interesting because she explains why she and Rob are living in his hometown (Arkansas) instead of their home base in NYC’s theatre world.

While we’re on YT … I must thank whoever it was that mentioned Kate of The Last Homely House. She’s a crafting retiree living in Northumberland, and a real treasure. I’ve “passed her on” to friends & relatives, who agree.

My long-absent sewjo snuck in just long enough for me to take advantage of a few pre-holiday sales for fleece, patterns, and a couple other additions to The Collection (aka, my stash).

One major reason nothing has been touched involves my printer.

Think PDF pattern printing. A 3D face mask pattern, to be precise. I’d decided to gift myself a couple more and found a seasonal scrap. Couldn’t find the pattern I’d used, so printed off another – only a page! Fussy cut two masks plus linings and had one sewn up, the other 3/4’s sewn. Then I tried it on.

It was toooo small. 🙀 🙈 😫 Comparing it to one that fit I saw it was ¾ of what it should have been. Wrong size, I thought. But after checking I discovered it was the right size.   🤨

Sitting in front of the computer, wondering what had gone wrong and about to hit the Print key I looked at the screen. Normally I see options for printing, but (algorithm?) gremlins had changed it to a generic Print-without-options screen. I changed it back.

Then I could see the scale had been auto-set for 96% instead of 100%.  The light dawned.  A quick look at that what shoulda been a  2″square on the pattern and that was the problem. Mystery solved and 2 non-seasonal masks  made.

That reminds me of another “discovery,” but I’ll save that for another day. . . he-hee!

💕 Thanks for wading through reading! 💕

☃️ 🥂 To be continued 🥂 ☃️

silly Saturday

Remember this Thursday’s Virtual Tea! That half-eaten plain scone is from Mrs. Beeton’s book. Recipe to follow ~

It’s that time of year and I, for one, am a bit busy. How about your good selves?

Join me for Virtual Tea this week and we can talk!

Over here, our postal peeps are done in… A few small bits of fabric were sent from Georgia at the end of November and are still “in transit.” Good thing they aren’t anything for the holiday.

Earlier in December several pattern companies had sales, so I got   busy ordering PDFs, then downloading the files to send off to PDFPlotting for printing.

Because of the C problem, my apartment complex’ office can’t receive oversize packages. (Patterns come rolled in a long box, not folded flat.)

Remembering that, I called PDFPlotting and asked about a better way to ship. Got an answer right back with an alternative (UPS) for  only $2 more. Well worth it — no hassle getting them right to my door in 2 days. Phew!

Then Vogue Fabrics sent word they were having a short-but-sweet fleece sale. I realised my winter wardrobe was getting is threadbare, assessed the new patterns, and ordered fleece. After the dust sorta settled I ordered again.

The day I realised the Atlanta cotton wouldn’t arrive this week  BOTH Vogue orders arrived. Talk about a Happy Dance!  The last night of the sale I decided to order a bit more . . . . . .

What can I say… it’s been a tough year.  😀

 

🎄 A Holiday Tea Party Invitation–17 December! 🎄

Hello, all!

Hope everyone is well and comfortable – cool if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, or warm if you’re not.

As you can see from my digestives biscuit tin, it’s that time of year again. While this hasn’t been the happiest of years, I hope there’ve been pleasant surprises. Let’s celebrate those.

With countries and their citizens just a few clicks away, I hope you’ll join me and Su of Zimmerbirch on the 17th to raise a glass. Er, cuppa!

Catching up on other news… What have I been reading? Seems like not a thing. (Trying to get used to this latest editor is enough, as far as I’m concerned. 🤪)

However, there has been some sewing going on, even if for the home rather than m’self. After all, this has been a year of trying to be comfortable while being at home some/most/all of the time.

sofa + 3 20″ x 20″ pillows

This summer I realised I never sat on my sofa. I started considering why and decided to sit on it, after I cleared off the piles of fabric and the patterns that were usually sitting/reclining/totally covering it.

I made myself sit on it for at least an hour every afternoon for a week. And I began to realize why I was uncomfortable.

It felt like I was trying to sit down and lean on beach balls instead of soft squidgy pillows. Oh! We sewers know how to fix that!

And there was no place for a reading light.   Or a cuppa. 😱  No wonder I wasn’t comfortable!

It just so happened… coincidentally… I’d just collected a couple pieces of fabric I hadn’t quite known what to do with, but thought “You can always make pillows.”

SO, whilst me and my comfy sofa would love to welcome you all personally to my home, it’s not the year for it.

However, I hope you’ll find time to click and drop by for a quick cuppa on the 17th.

❤️  ❤️  Meanwhile, please take special care!  ❤️  ❤️

 

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day in the United States.

I can remember vaguely when it was called Armistice Day, and poppies were sold on street corners in New York. Then memory lapses.

Wikipedia explains why: “At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day…”

Add over a decade of growing up and school years, and the change got lost in the shuffle.

(This is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which falls at the end of May and honors all those who died while serving in the military.)

Veterans Day honours all veterans. And in that spirit, here’s a bit of the first speech in 1919, when it was called Armistice Day and celebrated the end of World War 1.

“ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN

“The White House, November 11, 1919.

“A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the regressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half…”

President Woodrow Wilson