Friday, May 11, 2012


Or maybe "reboot".  Rejuvenate?  Whatever -- you get the picture, right?

Last week was stressful.  We had the stuff I talked about here and here, plus the stomach virus I hadn't mentioned (because you really probably didn't want to hear details), the pet that had a really horrifying injury (again, you don't want that mental image in your head) and subsequent euthanasia (which was just plain none of your business).

So this week has been filled with things the usual activities of preparing meals (same as every week), washing dishes (ditto), mowing the lawn ... the stuff most middle class people in the U.S. do all the time regardless of what's going on in their lives.  And some catch-up stuff insofar as grading papers, doing mountains of laundry, cleaning the floors, finally planting the flowers that had been sitting there all week.

And then, of course, the GOOD stuff -- hanging out in places like the library, reading novels, browsing the fabric store, making online fabric purchases, and sewing.

I picked up some extremely lightweight stretch denim at JoAnn Fabrics, and made a cropped version of the Style Arc Linda pant for summer.  Which isn't very inspirational to see on a hanger, given that they're just a black pair of pants.  But if you know Style Arc patterns you know that they fit right out of the envelope, and are comfortable and wearable -- rare traits in the world of pants sewing.  And being able to easily bang out a wearable garment is a great feeling right now.

Also, I found this fabric downstairs, which was part of a set of 3 coordinated fabrics purchased years ago.  I decided it should be a skirt, which I'll be making today.

Although now that I've hung it up and looked at it in the morning light I'm wondering if this is such a clever idea.  Hmmm.  Well, as I said last night, if it looks awful as a skirt we can just cut it up and make it into something else.

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