Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentines Day Sewcation


Yesterday was a very lovely Valentines Day for someone that doesn’t observe it. As a citizen of Allah’s 5% Nation of Gods and Earths, we don’t honor the devil’s days….. On the record. Off the record, stuff happens. You know what I mean. Initially I tried to be very inflexible with our ideology, but it really doesn’t matter. You know? I take paid holidays on Christmas and Thanksgiving. So why can I not, unofficially observe Valentines Day? I’m just saying.

A man can into the office yesterday and gifted me with $20 for lunch. I am so happy I give the appearance of being “High Maintenance.” He could have easily given me $5. Anywho….. I went all the way out to the fabric store with my bounty (I brought my lunch) with the intention to purchase some needles for use with knit. I had a bad experience trying to use regular needle on knit a few years back. I stopped sewing knit for a minute. I recognize that it is important to get the right needle for the project. I won some knit in a giveaway so I need to press through my fears. When I got to the fabric store….. Simplicity and Butterick patterns were on sale! Approximately $1 a piece! Well! You know what I did… I bought all the patterns on my list! There was a lady at the book table getting up as I was coming in who offered me her seat. I said, “No Thank you! I know what I want!” I was there all of 5 minutes and most of that was conversing with the ladies at the table.

So I am in possession of B5187 and S2698! I now want Kwik Sew 3852 but I will wait on that. I don’t think Kwik Sew ever goes on sale, but Hancock has % off sales so I will get it that way. I don’t like to pay full price if I don’t have to. All I need now is V8701 (wardrobe). I decided against V1214 (vest); because I don’t need to draw attention to my behind. Also, I’m planning a full skirt for the beige suit so I need a tighter top. I will use the jacket of V8701 and leave off the sleeves. I would have preferred a vest that covers the boobies. And I suppose I could play with it so that it does. We’ll see. I will get V8701 on Thursday. It will be $4 then!

Now That I have most of my patterns, I need to get the fabric. I see lots of bloggers ordering fabric from the internet. I’m just not comfortable with that. I need to see and touch the fabric, ask the staff questions. I just don’t feel comfortable with buying sight unseen. Also, those online places aren’t inexpensive even more so with shipping and handling. It’s just not for me. So the goal of March is to score all the fabric. I’m going to be working my program hard since my favorite store closed and my standby changed their focus to upholstery. The hunt is on! And I heard that some Wal-Mart’s still sell fabric. I predict road trips.

I won’t start sewing until April. I’m on a diet and exercise regimen. I don’t want to start sewing now and have to make a bunch of alterations later. I’ll be finished with the exercise program in May 2. It’s my determined idea to lose 20 lbs by June. By June actually I plan to be in the maintenance phase. Last year I lost a significant amount of inches with mostly diet alone.

So what is my plan for this week? Hmmm….. I have 2.5 days off this week. I’m planning a mini sew-cation. My plan is to make a cream mourning dress. Unfortunately, I fear I will need this soon; and I have a killer all weather brown hat to go with it. I would be able to wear it until it gets cold again for said reason. I have some really light material that I can use to make a romper or a nightgown. I haven’t made anything in a long time free style so that’s how I’m going to do the romper. I don’t have enough to make both so decisions will have to be made. I will organize all the patterns out for my new spring/summer wardrobe. I will decrease the amount of clothes in my closet, make some special orders for crowns and do some mending. We have a celebration at the end of the week. So that’s what’s on my current plate.