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Sunday, November 19, 2017

I am on a roll

While waiting patiently for measurements for Christmas gifts… I have found plenty to do with myself this past week!

Besides my day job – which tried to kill me this week!
Death by papercut!

And my side-shuffle.

I pulled out my winter clothes (actually it was a week and a half ago) just to discover that I must have stored them wrong as they ALL seem to have shrunk! (I could not possibly have gained weight!)  And many are in desperate need of repairs. And my boots seem to need repairs too!!!  I AM A MESS!!!

So I did what any normal American does – I wandered off to the stores.  I guess I haven’t been shopping for any clothing in a long time – because DAMN – those prices!!! I could NOT justify spending money on myself. Nope. Nope. Nope.

SO I came home and started/continued designing these Christmas gift ideas that are in my head – putting them on paper – measuring – making an example – working out the bugs…. Spending a little time in my fabric closet pulling fabric for these projects (the closet where my unfinished projects go to die – where I keep my extra trims, lace, and frillies – where I keep the fabric I haven’t gotten around to cutting up and sewing).

Pinstriped Pants
I came across some black pinstripe material – I can’t even remember what I bought it for – It’s been in there for at least 10 years.  There was a lot of it and it’s really nice so I never used it for any crafts. So I made a pair of pants. Harem style pants are back in, right?? Who cares – its clothes, which fit!

Brown Plaid Pants and Brown Knit Top
I also found some brown plaid that had been in there as long as the pinstripe – So a second pair of pants it is!   And the brown knit I got during last spring’s $1/yrd sale (when the price is too good to pass up – I fill this fabric closet even if I don’t know what I am going to make) – I made it into a shirt!

So – now I am sewing.

Back to these winter clothes - My favorite black tunic which is long enough to wear as a dress and perfect over leggings – it is too tight and ripped in a few places along seams.  SO I repaired the rips and cut the back – added a strip of lace and BAM! Look at that! I just had to go back to the fabric store and buy a black ribbon to sew along the collar and tie in a pretty bow at the top!
Lace insert in back of blouse


Until – I went to the fabric store (and forgot the ribbon).

BUT I did have a coupon and found this AMAZING flannel and the price was (again) too good to pass up - So I bought the rest of it.  It would be perfect for my work secret Santa gift.  Buy a great leather & wood closure and I am just within our price range. WOO-HOO!!! (I wish they had more and I could make more with it!)

Flannel poncho - Christmas Gift
But I want to keep it!!!!
Also found some feathers and stuff to finish my Stevie Nicks costume for an 80’s themed Christmas party I am going to in a couple of weeks. (They all will have BIG hair-Don’t care and Stevie and I will have BIG hat – how ‘bout dat!)
I may have also bought a couple more yards of lace that was $1.50 per yard. Lace is VERY pricey so when I find it on sale – I have to grab it! Don't judge me - I only spend $3.00 on it!

So I have some clothes that fit me - I have started Gifts and I have another project cut out and ready to go - that I have to get to work on…. See ya later!

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