Thursday, July 31, 2014

Remembering friendships-Thursday Flashback

I moved away from my hometown of Danville, VA in 1981.  I have never regretted leaving; my career took my DH and me to Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and now I am back in VA for almost 11 years.

A lot of my close friends also moved from Danville.  Yet many stayed.  Danville was a textile mill town and perhaps some of you have even purchased fabric over the years, particularly cotton, with the markings of Dan River Mills in the selvage or on the bolt end from which you purchased.  The mill was shut down like most textile mills throughout the country in the '90's (remember Ross Poiret and the sucking sound he talked about regarding NAFTA) and particularly through the southern states.  So even more people have left Danville after that.

I visited a good friend from long ago yesterday; over the years we have stayed in touch seeing each other every few years.  She has three children with two of them having families of their own so their home is always lively with children.  My DH and I don't have children so it is interesting to see their kids now grown with children of their own.

As I mentioned, Carolyn's husband had some health issues and had some invasive surgery from which he is recovering well.  It was apparent that my friend needed some R&R- rest and relaxation; reminiscing and remembering with lots of laughter.

We went to lunch having NC style barbecue sandwiches and french fries with a soda (diet of course).  We then decided to ride around town.  In the late 60's cruising Riverside Drive and going to the Coke plant for Saturday night dances was the thing you did.  So we cruised and remember what use to be where and noting what was gone.  Our group of friends dated what we called the Dry Fork boys, Dry Fork being an area outside the Danville city limits.  So we cruised country back roads and drove all over Dry Fork and we actually saw one of the "Dry Fork Boys" who is a well established farmer.  My friend had dated him and by the time we turned around to say hello he was gone.

Another big thing we did every summer was to go to Pine Lake which was a swimming pool located near a lake known as Pine Lake
Pine Lake pool is behind the weeds in front of that shed.

All gated up now!!
 My DH and I went to the same high school but did not really associate together at that time.  I vaguely remembered him from school.  We met in 1972 at another pool called Shangrila when he got out of service, again this was yet another pool we could go to as kids and teenagers as well as young adults.  So my friend and I went to that location only to find that there is nothing there at all.  I jokingly had Carolyn take a photo of my pointing this way to Shangrila!
All in all it was a good day for rekindling friendship.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Staycation Sewing

I finished the Simplicity skirt.

I ended up taking deeper darts in the front, raising 1/4 inch on the right side and took a deeper side seam at the hip area to get the fit I wanted.

I still had this McCall's skirt that had not been hemmed so I blind hemmed with my sewing machine so I will now have two skirts to wear for August into September.
Tomorrow I am visiting a friend that I have not seen in a couple of years.  She has been going through some tough times with her DH having had a serious operation and is recovering now at home.  I thought it would be nice to take her to lunch and give her a few hours of R&R.

I did get some new fabric yesterday from EOS.  I will post here later.  I took some photos of fabric still in their package on Instragram.

This afternoon I went through pattern stash trying to decide on some feature projects.  I have in mind to make this blouse/top pattern to go with the new skirt--I have a navy blue shantung fabric I purchased when I purchased the skirt fabric; the skirt has navy in it so thinking of making a solid blue top or either using skirt fabric with the navy blue.

Hope your week is going well.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sewing progress

Yesterday evening I began working on the Simplicity skirt and continued the process this AM.  I made my usual alterations to the skirt pattern-swayback, back pillow fluff before cutting out the fabric.

Lately I find my skirts not hanging just right in the front.  I pulled out my trusty "Fit for Real People" and Sandra Betzina's "Fast Fit" to see if my front hanging issues are addressed and of course they were.  As one ages, body changes are inevitable.  I realized that my body has morphed again.  Some due to exercise-treadmill and elliptical machine at the Y.  Most due to age so I have a narrow upper back above waist, swayback and flat derriere (where did my bum go?). I have a larger front area at waist than at the back with a tummy.

I realized after searching through the two books how I need to adjust the front area and that with my right hip lower than my left is another simple fix.  Actually that is not surprising as my right shoulder is lower than left and yes I always carry way too much on the right side, so not balancing that out over the years has played a significant part in my morphed body.

Though many find fitting patterns time consuming and yes sometimes frustrating, in the end when you sew your garments you know the fit may prove to be the best than from RTW.

My mini-break from sewing is over so back to the sewing machine and my skirt.  More later.

Friday, July 25, 2014

So it begins

I am on Staycation starting today!
First thing on the list for this morning was a pedicure.  I decided to try a new to me place.  Experience was good, pedi was good-just not the experience I wanted.

Here is my summer pedicure-
I love green!

I just had lunch and back home for a few hours so now going to cut out my skirt and sew some.

I always have big sewing plans for when I am off, I normally never complete everything.  I will share what I complete as the week goes along!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Up next

I decided I wanted to make this skirt by Simplicity.  The fabric is from my last staycation and visit to Schoolhouse Fabrics.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Burda top and what am I sewing next.

Well I finished the Burda top and not really pleased with the results.  The fit is good but the striped/floral knit fabric did gather as well as I thought it would.  I probably could take deeper seams to get the effect that the pattern calls for.  The other thing is that it is way too long and probably can be shortened.  It is just not what I wanted for the top.  I have put it aside for now and may decide to do some more with it later.

So I am on to my next project which is going to be a skirt unless I change my mind between now and tomorrow AM.  I have lots of ideas and shortage of time.

I hope your sewing weekend is going well.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vogue Fall Patterns

I got the email about new Vogue Fall Patterns.  Of course I had to go look and see.  There are a few I like.  I am just not ready for fall sewing yet--am I ever????

Here are a few that I like, all photos from Vogue Patterns website:





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