7.19.2016

Ovulation Motivation


Can I just say, once again, baby makin time is EXCELLENT clothes makin time? You might remember my "flow chart" from a few years back, in which I quite scientifically explain the link between ovulation and uber sewjo levels of creation. No? It's over here. SO FACT-Y. (I'd put the graphic up again, but there's a misplaced apostrophe that bugs the shizz outta me.)

Appropriately, this month, I used that glorious fertile window for makin unmentionables. I was like an idiot savant, churning out free cut tanklets and bralets. When I danced around the living room after realizing my ample bosom didn't require darts, Ruggy gave his resounding approval: F#@! A DART. This quickly became the mantra for the weekend. And god help me...I went so far as to put together a bag of supplies for the making of THONGS. In my opinion, you've really hit ninja levels of sewing addiction when you're making thongs. (Especially when you swore up and down you'd never make underwear. Or jeans.)

I used the rest of my creation juice to make a free cut maxi dress, "spring" clean the storage area, and organize my very generous half of the closet. After all, I can't put my new pretties in the undies drawer alongside unused, underwired torture chambers. (Y'all, I hate underwires. And no, you can't make me wear them.)

(Apparently every paragraph of this post ends in a parenthetical.)

What's the thing (or thong) you thought you'd never sew?

28 comments:

  1. YES! I can't believe I'm reading this...this is so exactly me. Not for sewing so much as at work. I've always been leery of hormonal birth control because it messes with my flow in more ways than one. Thanks for putting that out there!

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    1. :)) you can count on me to post the super-sewing-related stuff. yeah, pills weren't for me either, i turned into a crazy person!

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  2. OMG I still have an amazing cupcake bralette to make! Don't think I forgot! That Solid Gold inspired number up there is SO CUTE!

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  3. Preemie-sized baby clothes. I gave up all hope of ever getting pregnant. Then, surprise! My full-term infant weighed less than six pounds, and was gracile and petite. Had to put her me-made wardrobe in a drawer for a month and send Grandma out for some preemie items. By age three months, she'd grown so much that she topped the percentile charts. I know that those teeny teeny tiny teeny baby clothes came in handy for some other family, all those decades ago.

    It's still hard to believe that she is real. I had been infertile for so long that I was not sure I was not dreaming, those whole nine months.

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    1. what a beautiful story, not to mention bang-on-topic!

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  4. Hi Oona. I've been hiding out from the sewing world for a couple of months but had to butt in here because Oh my GOODNESS but I dig that maxi dress. I have no idea what free cut actually means, but in my head it means "I don't have to follow no stinking pattern because I totally know what a dress is shaped like" immediately prior to going to town on fantastic fabric that needs to be worn right away. As far as what thing I thought I'd never sew... for me, it's more about thinking I'm never going to finish sewing whatever it is I've started on. Like this boho top I started on over the weekend, for instance. It is kind of fun to think up other things I'll simply never make, though. A full body Donald Trump costume comes to mind (though free cutting could come in handy for that one), along with sequined ballroom dancing gowns and hamster clothes. Thongs are probably somewhere on that list, actually. Hard to fit on my dress dummy. [PS - your fabric is still in it's envelope on the part of my kitchen island where I stack all the shameful stuff on my to-do list. It really will make it to the post office soon.]

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    1. your definition of free cut is SPOT ON. which doesn't necessarily mean i accomplish the full definition when i choose that path ;).

      welcome back!! and don't you worry for a minute about the fabric! you're talking to a member of the Allergic To The Post Office club ;)

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    2. Oops. I think I owe you stuff I said I would send by 2013...

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    3. ha! i think it's me, actually-- i still have that wrap skirt pattern!!!!!

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  5. Just imagine how productive you will be when menopause hits. No ups and downs, no bloat, maybe bloat, dayum bloating, thank god bloating is moving on...just fun sewing ALL THE TIME! Getting older rocks! *LOL*

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  6. So when are we going bra shopping? Just to try on the correct size...

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    1. madame, i refer you to paragraph 3, parenthetical! i'll just be over here, burning some bras...

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  7. I still think I probably won't make thongs. Even as I'm happily making my other underwear.

    Wait, does that mean you're actually TRYING baby making? Because Oona/Ruggy babies would be the best thing in the world (well, after the originals) so if so I will have my fingers uselessly crossed for you---and if not, well, you sure have a rocking awesome life so why mess with perfection? ;)

    Having spent the last thirteen years successfully avoiding ovulation (or at least conception, which is the important part) I honestly have no idea if it would affect my creativity... Not going to test it! ;)

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    1. really?? i could see you whipping up a maelstrom of sexy thongs!

      and no, not at the moment...i realized it might read like that after publishing, ha! but, we once did one of those photobooths that mash you together, to produce a virtual kid, and let's just say the software did not share your positive opinion 😂

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  8. Maybe you need to wear your wax African print overalls during the ovulation time. Who knows how creative you two can be?

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    1. THE VORTEX INTO FERTILE CREATIVITY...

      which reminds me, those overalls are now pants, with a little more pleating, and a little less reproductive print placement ;)

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  9. Underwear. Done that now. Well... bras mostly. But I am determined to sew matching wearable comfy hipsters to go with every girly lace Watson I've sewn. Thongs... no. Not my thing to wear. :)

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    1. that's the problem, once you make the cute bras, you have to make the cute panties. good problems, i suppose.

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    2. Wearing underwear that matches is so grownup tho....#scaryshit

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    3. I've never given thought to it, but goodness, yes. I'm 28 and I still don't wear matching underwear. In fact, I think my mom still doesn't. :D

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  10. I have made one attempt at making underwear but it didn't turn out well. I am so envious when I see cute underwear that other people have sewn but it was really desperation to find some that are comfortable that drove me to try.

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    1. down there, comfort is king, queen, and hand of the sovereign ruler, man. super bonus points if it's pretty ;).

      my first attempts at undies were pretty hideous, stitching wise-- i think playing with all that elastic and trim has a learning curve, even if you've been sewing awhile. i have wasted SO. MUCH. TRIM.

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  11. I like underwires (well-fitting ones), but I'm in a rather different situation with DD cups. My trouble was finding underwired bras that would be nice to wear in summer. I think I've succeeded with one from Marks & Spencer, but I still mainatain ideas of sewing them myself... and, admitedly, also of figuring out a way to apply Regency corsetry principles on modern underwear. :D Or figuring out if the Lengberg bra could be made and worn in a modern context...

    The one thing I never thought I'd sew? Stockings! But then The Dreamstress put up a pattern, and since I love over-the-knee stockings, I could not resist the temptation. Sadly, the one suitable fabric I had at home turned out to be not very wash-resistant, and my prolongation of the basic pattern turned out to be not enough for my big big toes, so my first attempt isn't very representative. But I'll get back to it, because it's fun, to be able to sew stockings.

    In completely different news, my father's been on a business trip to New York state, been to NYC and discovered the High Line. So I saw photos yesterday. I had no idea such a thing existed, and it made me like NYC just that little bit more. I wish I could have taken a walk there when I visited. But it apparently wasn't open to public yet then. :P
    (He's a railway enthusiast who works in the field, and said NYC was never on the list of places he'd desperately wished to see, and that the best part was the metro and the High Line. And that it would have been fun to buy Levi's on Broadway, but that he did not find a pair to his liking. He's empirically biased against lycra.)

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    1. oh!!!! i wish i could have seen your dad discover the highline, he must have loved it! they've done such imaginative things with that space. we walked it when it was just 10 blocks of railway gardens, now it stretches all the way to 34th street. now, if only he had been here when they roll the old subway cars out for a day!

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    2. He'd have loved that.
      This way, he loved the tracks left in the pavement, and the plants growing in between the sleepers, and the pretty railings, and that one place where you can look down and see the whole construction of it, and the fact you can walk among trees above the streets and avoid all the cars and look down at the trains at whatever-the-place-is-called-exactly. I've no idea where exactly he got on the High Line, but he got down at Penn Station, and whatever-the-place-is-called is the area where the trains are waiting/shoved aside? He said the High Line makes a curve there, circling around, so he got a good look. :D

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    3. This here place:
      https://www.google.cz/maps/@40.7538665,-74.0029025,16.75z

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