Monday, April 26, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Oh, Facebook, I do love thee! After a long while of mercilessly teasing those "my age" that had joined, I relented about 18 months ago while laid up for a few days after having my appendix removed. I've had a wonderful time re-connecting with old friends, getting to know new ones and keeping in touch with those that are far away.

Last week, a friend (who lives several hundred miles away) posted a link to the A Frock By Friday challenge and asked if anyone wanted to participate with her. Not having sewn anything in MONTHS, I thought, "Why not?"

Well, the free Burda pattern that she's using doesn't go up to my size - yet - so rather than making myself nuts re-grading the pattern, I chose another I already had in my pattern stash. It's a few years old, but I've never gotten around to making it.

With the help of my dear Brew Guy, I got my sewing room back into shape last night and this morning I was ready to go! As soon as Xena cashed out for her afternoon nap, I got cutting... and immediately remembered why I don't sew much for myself. Cutting out a size 20 circle skirt required me on all fours - smoothing, pinning and cutting on my sewing room floor. Awesome. Because my knees don't hate me enough these days. Thankfully, the "floor work" is done and tomorrow I get to do my favorite part, the sewing! Fitting is almost as bad as, and often worse than, the cutting.  I've vowed never to sew another stitch MANY times whilst trying to get something to fit me properly. Oh well. I'll burn that bridge when I come to it. Maybe, with the help of my snifty new, and SMALLER (thank you), dress form it won't be so bad this time around.

Hope springs eternal.


jennifer said...

That dress is SWEET! I can't wait to see it on your new svelte self.

Textile tArts said...

OMG, that's a beautiful pattern! I wish I could sew this week - last week of school before finals, though, so soon, for sure!

Idyeyarn said...

I love that pattern. I think Ive seen it before. Id love to have a copy of it some day! Its so pretty! Can't wait to see the finished product!