3.02.2014

we also ran out of coffee


my brain refuses to carry out the orders i nonetheless continue to give it this weekend: brain! make alida's super chic super easy clutch!  NO. YOU MAY HAVE UPSIDE DOWN POCKETS INSTEAD. brain!  attach a collar to that sweater!  NO.  YOU MAY HAVE A COMPLETELY MISDRAFTED MESS INSTEAD.  brain! cut out this silk crepe de chine for a maxi dress!  NO.  YOU MAY QUAKE IN TERROR, SCISSORS DANGLING USELESSLY IN MOTIONLESS HAND, THREE YARDS OF AWESOMENESS LEFT UNTOUCHED BECAUSE  YOU KNOW NOT WHAT I MAY DO

what happened to the weeks of multiple spools of thread on my project sewn shelf, switching from microtex to metallic needles at the speed of light, ellie hollering, ricky purring, fur and lurex and pleather flying?  ah, me.  i can only assume this is brain's payback for the last four weeks of non stop sewing.  how's your weekend going? success?  do tell... perhaps Brain will get jealous and be forced into action.  Brain is easily influenced by jealousy.

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  1. So many wonderful colors <3
    I didn't get any sewing done over the weekend, must get a crack on tonight, need a dress for the weekend!

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    1. ooooo might i suggest another georgia??? GOD I LOVE THAT GEORGIA. if you have enough BHls in your closet.... ralph pink is stunning tooo.....

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  2. My weekend has mainly consisted of Lego movie with the kids and crawling around on the floor grappling with an animal print crepe of some description- trying to transfer pattern markings and resorting to tailors tacks because nothing else will stick! Argh. Only cut two of the pieces for the blouse I'm making before putting aside to fight again another day. Not very inspiring I'm afraid.

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    1. ah, but it's good to put it aside when it fights you, isn't it? i finally decided to stop destroying fabric and take a breather.

      if i had to sit through a matinee (i'm assuming matinee?) of the legos movies with (i'm assuming?) an under 10 audience, i'd go to bed the rest of the weekend.

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  3. I haven't gotten any sewing done yet, Shoveling snow, yes; sewing, no. Hopefully, this afternoon I'll finish up a quick tee and make a decision on a pattern for some sort of robe-like contraption because I'm freezing in my own house!! That probably isn't the kind of kick in the pants your brain needs though...sorry.

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    1. actually, now i want to make a jedi robe. possibly piggybacking offa ginger's comment as well. the gimlet is also helping.

      snow's coming our way too...

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  4. My brain has actually left my body! This week I set a sleeve in upside down - as in I sewed the cuff end to the armhole! And I did it twice! Only noticed when I went to hem the cuffs... But I blame pregnancy hormones, rather than sewing overdose. Hope yours comes back soon. Mine probably won't reappear for about 6 months!

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    1. HA helen! i have heard tell of these hormones. honestly, i think there's a time of the month where creativity is directly related to the percentage of chance for becoming preggers (it's very scientific), so i can't imagine what the real thing does to the sewjo.

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  5. BRO. You probably need a break! With my wild & crazy week at work, I did almost no sewing last week (I attached two pockets to shirt fronts... THAT'S IT) and now that we're supposed to get more snow, I'm kind of feeling paralyzed about what to sew! I just don't want to make anymore cold weather clothing, but photographing a warm-weather garment today made me really not want to sew any spring/summer garments, either. Help me, Oona-Wan Kenobi!!

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    1. like, i totally do, but i want to sew so badly it makes no sense!!! ruggy wondered if the impending snowdoom was causing a drop in barometric pressure causing all sorts of brain mayhem. i have to say, i concur.

      I WOULD ROCK A JEDI ROBE.

      okay. go make this: http://ralphpink-patterns.com/product/rp062/
      or this: http://ralphpink-patterns.com/product/rp049/
      or mayhaps this: http://patternrunway.com/shop/coffee-date-dress-sewing-pattern/

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  6. HA. I am jealous of YOUR weekend. I marked all weekend. I mean ALL. WEEKEND. No sewing for me :( Not for a llooooongggg time.

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    1. as in, graded? do you use stickers to help ease the pain???

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  7. I finished a tank, the toile of which seemed ace, but now I'm not a fan of the finished thing, which is a bummer as it was a roll end of some fabric I quite liked. Oh well, I was due a fail. Now I'm catchstitching a skirt waistband and trying to ignore the sounds of my husband's food poisoning emanating from upstairs. NICE ONE. Other than that, my weekend was ace - Georgia got her first outing on a dancefloor and was much admired! I'm sure the sewing you've been doing will be much admired when it's done, but maybe your brain's all sewed out? I know a bit about brains, but not enough about sewing to help with that one. Hope the recovery period is speedy.

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    1. TANK TOILE. i'm liking the rhymishness of that.

      this entire paragraph is both unsettling and uplifting at the same time. EXCELLENT WORK.

      i like the whole "due for a fail" thing. very karmic. and i'd love to see a post over at your joint about the workings of brains (for real).

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    2. Yeah, I probably overshared (karma! It'll get me!), but I think I just needed someone to share my pain. (I'm such a sympathetic wife. I'm totally ace like that.)

      I'll have a think about how to incorporate my thinking about brains into my sewing posts! To be honest, so far I've been sewing to *avoid* thinking, but the two are bound to overlap and soonish. ;)

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  8. I think you need to eat a cake.
    And a martini.
    And then another martini.

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    1. I KNEW I LIKED YOU.
      i knew i liked you the minute i saw you.
      and then you went and posted a stripey maxi this afternoon and Brain went poof.

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  9. I'm with Jenny, martinis fix eeeeeevverything. :D

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  10. I got my sewing mojo back this weekend! My glorious hubby made sure that I had scads of uninterrupted sewing time. I finished my 1930's style dress, a summer Laurel, and am in the midst of sewing a winter plaid Laurel. Happiness!

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    1. ho. ly. COW. your husband wins EVERYTHING.

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  11. For me, it's seems like Pinky's been in charge more than Brain. Wait, what was the question?

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  12. Umm...Just worked on some minor finishes of projects that have been lying around for aaaages.I finished the hem of a dress that was hanging in my closet for almost a year now. Pathetic, I know. At least I had some time to trace a pattern for a breton shirt dress. But since I was drinking red wine I didn't dare cutting out the fabric. White fabric, red wine and a drunken brain...:)

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    1. oooo you gotta take a chance on that sometimes. who knows, you could end up with a hand painted frock!

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  13. Umm... how about I finished my book. Yeh, totally did it!

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  14. i spent all week making clothes for my (oldest) mini me... and as it turns out, i made a bunch of 9 yr old girl clothes that i kinda wish were me-sized! ah! time to get back to filling out my closet... another dixie ballet dress, an archer, some pants... the list goes on. refill that coffee (throw in something a bit stronger, while you're at it) and perhaps brain will become more compliant!

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    1. that is SO sad. what if you just make clothes you-sized and wait till she grows into them?

      i would be a terrible mother.

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  15. The last time my brain said no, but my heart said yes, I made a cowl neck top from some inexpensive sweater knit. It sewed up in no time, I barely had to think during the process, and I may or may not have worn it for 3 days last week. I realize that you are fancy schmancy pantsy, but don't you ever just sew up a knit top? Or what about some crazy print leggings?

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    1. oh, i try, mary. i try. the leggings do usually succeed, and i tried at one point to think up a quick easy make but i couldn't even come up with that!

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  16. I am coming out of a sewing deprivation semi-coma and I cut into expensive lace and sewed like the wind!

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  17. I got some fabric out, put it on my cutting board, and...it's just sitting there.
    Also, did you see Charlize Theron's Oscars dress? She totally stole the bust cups from your last Project Sewn dress. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/02/charlize-theron-oscars-dress-2014-photos_n_4886238.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

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    1. AAAAAAH!!!! i love that!!!! oh my god i think i totally want to add organza to mine now!!!

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  18. This weekend I couldn't get my sewing machine to return to straight stitch after doing a bit of zigzagging. I spent about an hour turning all dials to try and rectify things in what began as a logical process of elimination and turned into something quite crazed.

    Came back the next day and realised that I'd put it on the buttonhole setting, not the straight stitch one. Words fail me.

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA don't you hate it when it's user error?!

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  19. Me? This weekend I got started on a baby quilt for my upcoming baby... and typical of my brain lately, I realized when I looked again at the instructions, that I had cut double the amount of fabric needed. Guess it's gonna be a bit bigger than baby sized! :D

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    1. ah! then the child shall grow intO it, yes? or you know. it could be for an adult instead. QUE SELFISH!!!

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  20. I am unsuprised. If I was your brain I WOULD BE ON STRIKE. It would be kind of weird if I was your brain, not sure I'd fit in your head, even WITH the hair.

    I did not overly fail at crafting this weekend... I put a TINY TOP which I made on an EQUALLY TINY PERSON, and fortunately they were the SAME SHADE OF TINY. Which means w00p. My niece has a new party outfit. BOOM

    I also started transforming a pair of jeans with a hole in to a skirt WITHOUT a hole in. Except it does sort of have a hole in, because otherwise I wouldn't be able to put it on. Infact a skirt is like ONE BIG HOLE. Weird. I never thought of that before.

    Also I received ALL THE FABRIC IN THE WORLD from my mother in law. Ace.

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    1. i read this first thing this morning and could NOT STOP GIGGLING.

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    2. It's morning? o.0 I'm just about to leave work for the day.... Have a good Monday, I can tell you that March 3rd is a pretty good day ;-) (extremely good for you - I can tell this because I am from the future!)

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    3. This comment is absolutely brilliant. Best take on time zone differences ever.

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    4. It makes perfect sense that England is in the future for America - we wear funny clothes, we speak weirdly, plus y'know, days happen first for us. Also we all drive around in hovercars and have ray-guns.

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  21. I started inserting additional bust gussets into my Regency stays in order to make them fit (cup size grown over the years and possibly also some miscalculations years ago when I was making the pattern). I used two from the original muslin that I unearthed, for the inside (using old duvet covers allows me to make the muslin and the final garment in the same fabric) and would like to continue with nice new matching ones for the outside, only I can't find the pattern. I only found the hip gusset bit that got resized in the final garment anyway.
    It has not been finished for years and it's not finished for the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 yet, either.
    I suppose it's a minor obstacle compared to what you describe, but it's rather frustrating. Thought shared misery could be somewhat lessened by the sharing - that's the theory, right?

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  22. Clearly, PinkyOona needs to take charge of sewing as BrainOona doesn't wanna ;-) My brain is much too - I just finished a costume for my 17 yer old stepson to wear to a scifi convention based upon a game I've never heard of. It was VERY ELABORATE and required Thinking, Rethinking and Thinking. Enugh of the thinking lready. I am off to make men's shirts. These do not require thinking any more!

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  23. I literally laughed out loud when I read the phrase "you know not what I may do". I can tell you I've received that message from my brain too (at least your brain gives you a warning - mine usually thinks it's funnier to stay silent and watch me stumble into its traps unawares), and it's put me in a state of scissors-dangling fear as well. Best to leave the dear charmeuse for a safer brain day!! LOL ^_^

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!