Archive for December, 2007

I have been working on my knitting projects and no matter how much knitting I’ve been doing I’m still looking at UFO’s.  I started out in October with a list of projects some to knit, others to sew, and others to quilt.  Needless to say, there are some threads dangling, needles hanging and pattern pieces pinned to fabric.  The end of the quarter is fastly approaching and I was behind in my Phlebotomy lab with trying to procure my venipunctures to complete the course and be prepared to take the Certification Exam in January, that my projects have been put on the back burner. 

Not to mention all the going to labs and hospitals with my daughters.  It seems that when one thing goes crazy everything else gets hectic.  I’m very happy to say that my daughter’s ultrasound came back negative with no cyst and no endometriosis so thank God for that, but my oldest daughter has JRA (juvenile rhuematoid arthritis) and now on top of that they added a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.  Now that I know more about diagnosis she’s had various symptoms for years but we never put them all together.

Enough about that, back to my projects.  I’m still working on my Mother’s Calorimetry and Scarf set.  I found the button finally and now I’m finishing the scarf which I hope to finish  this weekend.  Here’s a look at my progress so far.

Calorimetry 2 & Scarf    This is Lion Brands Wool-Ease in Hunter Grey to match a coat that she has and wanted a head wrap to match.  The scarf was added to use up the yarn.    I’ve also been working on my quilts…….yes, I have two in the works. One that’s been a bit challenging and the other just trying to get the blocks to add up right.  I ended up having to cut the blocks down so now I have to rethink my design of the layout. The other quilt has been pieced, ripped apart, pieced again and ripped apart and pieced again.  I’m hand quilting it because it won’t fit in my machine for machine quilting which is what I’m use to so needless to say I’m gaining another skill.  I’ll post pics of both of these in a few days. 

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Here’s my latest post on my SWAP~Sewing With a Purpose post on my fabric exclusive blog. I’m working on creating a wardrobe for myself to save money and to hon my sewing skills. Please click the link and take a look. I’ve added some more fabric to my stash and I’ve finally found my brown and pink fabric to match these shoes and this fabric

This is how good they look when put together and I’m thinking this should be a dress.

I can’t wait to put my outfit together. You know 2 years of waiting makes for an exciting thrill. I just hope that I can put it together in a flattering way. The whole thing of designing a wardrobe is new for me.

I’m forging ahead to get my goal of creating my own wardrobe.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading to gain a better understanding of pattern adjustments.  This has always been my problem and why clothing for me hasn’t turned out to good.  I took the time to do a very thorough measurement of myself and I think that I’m ready to start working with my newly purchased patterns.  I went to WalMart to get my oil changed yesturday and while waiting I went over to the fabric department to look at the pattern books at the Khaliah Ali Collection from Simplicity to see what Plus size Petite patterns I could find.  Not only did I find 2 patterns I like I also found this Simplicity Guide book. 

  

Pattern

This skirt pattern is nice for it’s many variations of designs.  I can see making several of the views to enhance my wardrobe. This is Simplicity Pattern 4706  for Petites.  I’m hoping not many adjustments will have to be made with this pattern.

 Pattern

I love this jacket pattern because it’s good for women with a smaller torso and larger bottom at least I love the way several of the jackets I have drape on my frame.  I look forward to having many options for design/embellishing with this pattern.

I want to say “Thank YOU” to Erica, for showing that a casual can be chic Carolyn @ for being so candid regarding pattern adjustments for the fuller figure and staying Divalicious in the process, Toya,for sharing your infectious laughter and grace in shedding light on specs in the crafting world; Cidell, I look to you for trendy, fun and exciting garments and fabric choices and Adrienne for adding fuel to the fire of my desire to create garments for myself.  I worked in a factory for 8 years and totally got away from dressing up except for church and didn’t have an everyday ladylike wardrobe anymore so CHEERS to the Divas of Fashion Sewing.   I hope that in the coming weeks I will be able to evolve my wardrobe into something I can be proud of. 

Tootles




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