Nothing Tastes as Good...


I'm no Kate Moss. Granted. But there is something to her infamous quote.

A few months ago I joined Weight Watchers. Prior to joining I spent a couple of months taking a dance class that gave me a weekly look at my body in the mirror.

The first thing that I noticed? I am SHORT. Seriously! There is a reason why I use a step ladder in my kitchen every single day. I don't feel any shorter than anyone else (except remarkably tall people) but I am. I measure just about up to 5' 4" with my best posture. Of course the next thing I thought of was how this relates to my sewing - perhaps I need to study petite alterations.

The next thing I realized? I carry weight the same way my mother did. Only she was 6" taller than I am.

I saw myself heading down a path and I decided that it was time to really turn it around. No guilt. I have seen friends try Weight Watchers and it worked for them (at least for a time) and the idea of going to meetings for support and comraderie really appealed to me. My beloved husband is the same size as he was in high school (nearly 30 years ago) and he has amazing will power, so he really isn't much help when it comes to me changing my eating habits.

I spent the first two weeks being hungry and resentful. Then I got on a roll. I found a rhythm. About a month ago I noticed that when I eat as much as I used to (dinner for two, for me alone) I don't feel very well afterward. I still struggle when I am stressed. I don't want to eat, but I haven't figured out a workable alternative.

I feel good about myself. Not so much because I have lost a chunk of weight, but because I was determined to change and I did. Body image is important - anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Steph from 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World agrees. Sometimes the way we feel about our bodies is a clue that we should do something about it. When you are healthy you have a better body image. It's as simple as that. Shannon at Hungry Zombie Couture has heard her call to make a U turn on her path, too.

Keep it up folks! Here's to 11 pounds less of me and new focus on building muscle. (And seriously, most days, no serving of ice cream would ever come close to tasting as good as my changing healthy body feels.)

Vacation Pattern Acquisition Part 3 - Serendipity Studio

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Hello Everyone! I am back from a brief radio silence due to a virus of some sort. Thankfully there is a good computer shop nearby.

What you almost see in that reflective photo are the three patterns that I WON from Serendipity Studio! Kay Whitt, the designer for Serendipity Studio, has a blog called Sew Serendipity (and a book by the same title, I might add) and hosted a giveaway. Hooray!

From left to right the patterns are: The Claire Cami Dress SDG-110, The Rachel Cross Body Bag SDG-111, and The Monique Dress SDG-109. Each pattern retails for $11. Aren't I a lucky duck?

What's better? I have already made a muslin, noted changes, and cut out the fashion fabric for the Monique! I am making mine out of a dark wash chambray. Instead of facings I am going to line the dress so that it might get more use in the fall and spring when layering is a must. I picked up some tomato red bemberg today and it is now washed, dried, ironed, and ready to cut.

I am also thinking about piping the waistband, neck, and armhole edges. I picked up some rattail today, too. I think I want to make the piping out of the same chambray. This way the piping adds texture and definition, but not contrast. What do you think?

I also have a metal zipper which could either be exposed or lapped. I am leaning toward lapped, right now, and I included extra seam allowance on the center back to accommodate this change. The instructions call for an invisible zipper, but I have had trouble in the past with invisible zippers and piping.

I am really hoping that I have found a tried and true dress!

Vacation Pattern Acquisition Part 2 - Vintage Patterns

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Hey everyone! One day while we were visiting my husband's family, his mom asked me if I would want to look through her collection of patterns to see if any were usable to me. Ermmm, YES!

There were several beautiful patterns that I left, but that I would gladly take if they are in danger of being tossed. They were sort of sentimental patterns. Not things I'd be likely to make, but beautiful garments that were some of the first that my mother-in-law ever sewed after she was given a sewing machine when she was thirteen. Hello, flirty '50s dresses! I left them in case my sister-in-law or her daughter might find them more sentimental than I do.

So instead I picked out a few others that I thought would look good on me and would translate well today.

For me:

For the girls:

And this terribly cute mother/daughter set:

One day I will whip some of these out. It will be interesting to compare the instructions to modern day patterns. Oh, and they are all Simplicity - except for the on McCall's (and I only brought that home to check out the instructions for the fly front).

Vacation Pattern Acquisition Part 1

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Well, if you can't actually sew, you might as well buy patterns, right?

A couple of weeks before we left for our vacation Simplicity had a pattern sale that was only advertised through sewing blogs. I decided that this was the moment that I was waiting for. Here are the patterns that I ordered for myself:

I like square necklines and I have been looking for a sundress/pinafore/jumper with a square-ish neckline to make out of dark chambray. Then there's the now out-of-print knit dress 3775. The only reason I can think of that it is out of print is that everyone who sews already has a copy and the good folks at Simplicity were simply waiting for me to buy my copy. The last one, well, I don't actually remember. It has a square neckline, so that may have been my motivation.

And then there are the patterns that I purchased for the children.

I think the girls will love the first pattern. And it makes me laugh. I remember back when Daisy Kingdom was wildly popular in the '80s. And the fabric suggestions make me laugh also. Are you ready? "Daisy Kingdom fabrics" No joke. Mighty helpful with their descriptions, those Simplicity people. The other was purchased entirely out of guilt. And Peter's recent fascination with baseball.

Next time I'll have vintage patterns to share!

A Long Month...


I'm back from my gallivanting around the American south... Settling in to temporary accommodations as we still have no drywall or flooring in our home... Uploading photos so that I can blog more interestingly... Finally caught up on all the sewing blogs in my reader!


It's good to be home (more or less).