Finished!

Daughter #1 and I finished her dress. She did a fantastic job. The dress is a Jiffy pattern from Simplicity. Meaning is should go together in a jiffy. Not exactly. A quick breakdown. The dress has 4 main pattern pieces: 2 in the front and 2 in the back. The front and back have a total of 4 darts, two of which are french darts. Most darts are like planned wrinkles.

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You pull the extra fabric together and sew it flat, allowing the the dress to “fit” the body and not sag. French darts are actually cut into the fabric and forms a V of empty space. The excess fabric is cut away before you sew. It’s not hard, just tedious.

Of course none these show up well in the picture. In the end we had to take the sides up almost 2 inches because she is so tiny. I tried to get her to strike a pose, but she wouldn’t. I’m lucky she allowed me to take the picture!

Row80

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

Green highlights new goals added.

  • Promotion.
    I haven’t sent anything new out.
  • Read 4 books a month.
    Done! I finished My New Orleans: Ballads to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters, and Lovers by Rosemary James- fabulous read.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80. I have one so far.
  • Stay on top of Critique group.  Completed for now.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
    Not yet.
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
    Not yet. I think after Monday I should have time for this. I will make time for this.
  • Edit/revise “Monster” Need to submit this week.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the WaterNot yet
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
    Daughter 2 said she doesn’t want to make a dress so this goal is finished.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
    Making progress.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help. Nothing new here.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff. Still working on this. We have lunch boxes but still need a blazer.
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint. I had my husband draw it out. I’m spatially challenged. Looks like most of the cabinets will fit in the existing footprint other than the new wall we’re putting up.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices. We won’t be using them, but a consult sounds like a good idea.
  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Make a wishlist for the kitchen. Working on it. I have a stack of magazine’s I’m going over trying to decide what we need versus what just looks cool.

I’m so distracted by the end of swimming and the kitchen, that I feel like I’m falling behind. I have 3 writing deadlines that I have to work on. Today will be one of them. No matter what!

How’s your week so far?

-CK

 

Just Keep Sewing

Oops! I missed check-in on Sunday. I forgot all about it until Monday night. Then I decided I’d just wait until today.

Dress Making 101

Daughter #1 is making a 60s style sheath dress. I spent all afternoon guiding her through the pattern. Pinning, ironing, marking, and sewing.

The thing about teaching a kid to sew is like teaching them anything. It’s easier (and quicker) to do it yourself. But then the wee ones don’t learning anything. So I teach. I show her how to do the step, then I’d step back and let her do it. Some times I cover my eyes or walk away because I can’t watch. This dress has something called French Darts. I’ve never seen one much less attempted one. Today was a first for both of us. I don’t think I would have attempted it without first watching a Youtube video.

Thankfully, Daughter #1 is meticulous and careful. She doesn’t rush ahead in wild abandon. I hope to have it finished tomorrow. I’ll share pictures when she finishes. Then I have Halloween costumes to start and today I was thinking I need new curtains. Yikes! I must be crazy.

Row80

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

  • Promotion.
    I haven’t sent anything new out.
  • Read 4 books a month.
    Done! I finished Sharpe Edge by Lisa B. Thomas, Mardi Gras in Mobile by L.Craig Roberts, and Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80. Not this week.
  • Stay on top of Critique group. Yes! I have two critiqued with 3 to go.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
    Not yet.
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
    Not yet. I think after next Monday I should have time for this.
  • Edit/revise “Monster” Waiting on critiques.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water. Not yet
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
    Almost finished.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
    We had a wild time sorting clothes and washing “dress” clothes. That was fun. I think the cat enjoyed it more than anyone.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help. Working on it. They each have made one meal. Just not by themselves. They are still learning. #1 made wonderful biscuits. #2 made great cornbread.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff. I am close to marking this one off. This is what I’ve done all week. I have most supplies, textbooks, and ordered uniforms.

I’m tired just reading my list. In two weeks #2 daughter will swim in City Meet. A county wide swim meet. It’s huge and lasts for two long days. She loves it. I tolerate it. I enjoy watching her swim, but it’s a bit long.

How did you do this week?

-CK

Split personality…

At times I feel like I have a split personality.  Maybe that’s not the right word, but I am divided.  Last year, I gave up my sewing space and dropped out of the quilt guild because I had no time.  I was concentrating on writing and the kids needed the space for homework.   I knew I couldn’t have two demanding interests/desires/obsessions.

Now, I have an itch that won’t go away. I find myself in my “old” sewing space fondling a piece of velvet or sorting through my grandmother’s buttons. By some strange course of events I found myself in line at the local fabric store with an arm full of fabrics and trims.  I told myself, “It’s for Z-girl’s birthday.  It’s not for me.” Let’s be real, it’s for me.  I pulled my beloved machine out of exile and grinned.

“It’s been a long time, baby.”

I spent my day off making a costume for Z-girl.  It wasn’t fair her sister had a costume for Free Comic Book Day and she did not. Any thing to get the kids to read…right.

I thought if I made the costume, the itch would go away.  It didn’t.  I found myself back at the fabric store with a handful of fabrics and patterns.  Now I have a snazzy pink, ruffled apron to wear at work.  Like I really need an apron for work.

The itch is still there and now it’s spreading.

What does that mean? It means I have too much I want to do and not enough time and energy to do it all. I have to find a balance between the two. So while I work on that, here’s a picture of my little Super Heroes.

Heroes in waiting.

Heroes in waiting.

I made the Hawkgirl costume and the mace.

CK