Enough grumbles. On the plus side this week, I got the dreaded BAS out of the way ( a quarterly impost from the Tax Office, AND, I actually got a slab of my first assignment done. I find it very tedious - the subject matter was as boring as. So I fidgeted and fidgeted but still I persevered, and now I can see it will happen.
So, I didn't do much sewing. I did run up a calico, then decided I didn't like it:
It's a Katherine Tilton Jacket, Butterick 5891. Here is the line drawing.
I thought the long sleeve jacket looked quite interesting, but the calico makes me think twice. I hated it when I first tried it on, but the more I look at it, the more I wonder if it does have some sort of potential. I'll keep looking... The short sleeve blouse is certainly not me though.
After chunks of essay, I allowed myself a walk - well, wouldn't you know, Spotlight has a pattern sale at the moment, all $5.00. Who could resist dreaming of what could be after a few days of reading and writing about how to choose good evidence from treatment trials and what levels of evidence are the best levels of evidence.
And some of my fidgets were quite useful - I pre-shrunk pieces of fabric:
Only to find that the striped pieces didn't take kindly to the treatment. Although the colour seemed fast in the water, as not much colour came out, the fabric today told a different story. The colours have run. I'm very disappointed. The spots performed beautifully though. You win some and you lose some.
Today seemed to be the lose some. I decided to cut out a simple top out of material already washed in hot water. After I cut the top out, I had one of those strange flashes - what if this will shrink. Strange thought, seeing I had already treated it. So I cut a square out, measured it, dunked it in very hot water for ten minutes, and measure again. It had shrunk considerably. Another disappointment. You win some and you lose some.
Still looking on the bright side, if I had made it and it shrunk, I would have been even more disappointed.
I decided to quit while I was ahead, and console myself with cataloging uncatalogued stash:
During the week as one of my occupational health and safety computer breaks (a.k.a. as the fidgets, mentioned above) I also started assessing my wardrobe and it is time for some RTW to go:
Trousers that never did fit me huge on the hips, tight in the middle and cut right through the crotch. I'd rather be comfortable in my still not quite perfectly fitted me mades. They look better and fit better. Also a shirt worthy of the office junior in horrid cheap fabric, and a black shirt bought in haste in my usual size from Rivers that didn't fit. Time to go. There will be more...
I also found a few garments that I don't wear because they need alterations. They are now out on my sewing rack, and they won't go back into the wardrobe until they are fixed:
All simple things, like shirts I like but instead of long sleeves they need short sleeves, a good wool skirt that is too short but would be worn if it was a tiny bit longer. For those formal occasions.
On the plus side, I have managed to do some knitting. The back of my cotton/acrylic cardigan is now complete.
Do you have off sewing weeks too?
Bye for now,