A very BIG thank you to all the lovely comments, emails, and support that I received on my last post. I was very touched. It has been a 5 1/2 year long journey to arrive where I am today, and I am really happy to be here.
My sewing room had a much needed clean out recently, as it doubles at times as a guest room. We entertained a a wonderful guest, 'Kayla' our Chinese exchange student. It was a wonderful visit, only too short. Kayla's command of the English language was remarkable, and she felt that Lauren's Chinese was excellent as well. The girls had a great time together, and both learned so much about each others' language and culture. My husband and I were enlightened as well. Kayla brought me a gift from China, a beautifully boxed set of silk scarves. The pictures below can't convey how soft and warm and luscious they are! I am utterly in love with these scarves!
|The red & black scarf has a reverse weave on each side.|
|Navy & soft white.|
Sewing wise, I am going to start sewing for myself again now, rather than just modifying old items of clothes, since I am happy at this weight, and don't want to lose more. I had to pick up a few more pairs of RTW pants to add to the rotation, as the last batch of RTW clothes I bought are now too big. I think that was partly a case of not buying the right size to begin with - it's that whole getting used to the new size thing. This time I took my daughter with me for a size/fashion consult.
What is your favorite or most worn garment/garment type that you made yourself? I was surprised to learn that for me, out of all the clothes that I gave away/shrunk out of, the long, drapey cardis were what I missed the most! Butterick 5666 that I made in 2011 is way too big now, but I kept it and still wear it often around the house, over my clothes. It's been a chilly winter. ;-) I'll be digging through my patterns to find one I can make in a suitable size so that it looks good for actually wearing in public.
Have you made McCall's 6844, voted the 'Best Pattern of 2013' on Pattern Review? I haven't yet, but 49 ladies have made gorgeous versions and posted their reviews on PR - go check it out! Love the way the collar lays on this one, compared to B5666 above. It is on my short list.
Also on my short list is the Archer Button Up Shirt. Have you made it? It was a 'Best of 2013' on PR also. There have been many lovely versions in blogland, but Lori over at Girls in the Garden has sold me on the pattern with her FOUR pretty versions. It is an unfitted shirt, so at first I wasn't really sure I wanted to make it, but gee whiz now I just want to join the party! If you have downloaded/printed the Archer using a Mac, please let me know how it's worked out for you. Sometimes I have issues with pattern printing.
In other sewing plans, pants are definitely on the list - just not sure which ones. Tell me please!! What are your favorite pants patterns? With my weight loss I have also lost my a**, so I need to acquaint myself with the 'flat seat adjustment' whilst I feverishly do squats trying to recover some semblance of a seat. Also I want to sew some work out wear, and Lauren has some plans cooking for me to sew for her. And then there are those darn bedroom drapes that need to get done.....
February is also my birthday month, and this year I celebrated a milestone birthday. My sweet husband sent me 50 roses, one for every year! Kayla joined our family for a really fun birthday dinner out, as well as the large family and friends gathering my husband had on the weekend. She said her family is much more quiet than ours! Kayla got a little taste of how we celebrate special occasions in our family - always with family, good friends, good food, and plenty of laughter.
He said "Look how the pattern isn't matched - you wouldn't do that." Pitter patter went my heart! Love that he knows and notices that about my sewing! (Ok, so true confession time, I'm a tad OCD about most things... but still, he noticed!)
Ok, I am going to quit yakking now and go get my sewing equipment back in my studio. But I will leave you with a few pictures of what the room looks like all cleaned up for guests - uncluttered by projects. I love my sewing room, it is so bright and sunny during the day.
|Love this locking Ikea cabinet.|
|Worktable with storage underneath. I need a bigger pin board!|
|Sewing machine sits on desk, serger on roll away table.|