Monday, June 25, 2012

Sweet Pattern Memories

I grew up in a transitional time when, up until my junior high held a lunchtime walkout /protest, girls couldn’t wear pants to school. I was a painfully shy student, really, painfully shy. But, I was not afraid to let my clothes speak for me. It was during this time that I made and wore an outfit that got me sent home from school for the first and only time in my life. That’s right, the outfit I made with this pattern (view 2 with the mini-length overskirt made out of a pastel pink small polka-dot knit) caused 1) other students to buzz, 2) my first trip to the principal’s office, and 3) a free walk home in the middle of the day to change clothes.

I loved that outfit. I loved it because I could tell the world that I was unique without having to say a word (plus it was pink!). I really love the fact that I can run across patterns like this online and have a sweet pattern memory.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Hello, sewing world. I miss you! Life has been filled with kids, work, and well, guess that's all work and kids. No wait, also home repair. I'm trying to get all these (more than 20) minor repairs done on my house just in case some smaller, less expensive version of my home, on the right street appears on the market.

It's been so bad that today (80+ degrees) I still have turtlenecks, and wool garments in my closet. I haven't even switched my wardrobe to shorts and t-shirts yet. That's bad.

The school year finally ended and brought just a few more things to break up my daily/yearly routine, i.e., I'll be leaving my current high school position as they are eliminating music from their curriculum, I'll be assigned to a different building within the district, our union just rejected (by 97% - that's how ridiculous it is) the current contract offer, and I'm enrolled in two classes this summer to renew my teaching certificate (ironic, no?).

So far, it looks like the summer is going be filled with purging the old and anticipating the new. That reminds of the reasons my sewing has slowed is because my very old, very basic Simplicity serger upper blade finally bit the dust. I've been scouting craigslist for a decent used 4-thread (mine is only 3) but just haven't found the right machine at the right time (financially). Just when I thought a new machine had become my only option, I found out that the Babylock parts fit my machine. Yay!

Enough with the excuses! I love reading about what you're doing. I know I'm missing out on so many new bloggers. I hope that I'll have something significant to add soon. :)

I really, really, really wanted to make my daughter's 5th grade promotion dress and I was absolutely heartbroken that I had to go RTW. But, she looked so cute...
(First day of kindergarten - with a dress I did make - and last day of 5th grade.)