Monthly Archives: April 2006

Arika’s sarong, part 2

Yesterday I fit Arika’s sarong, but completely forgot to take pictures. I’ll continue the visual after her next fitting, in 3 weeks. Here is the result of our fitting session:

Things to be decided at the fitting:

1) how much fullness is really wanted at the neckline

The amount of gathering at the neck actually worked out extremely well. I will leave it as is.

2) line of bodice edge (going from neck, under arm, to back)

It actually followed the same line that is did on my dress form, very simple.


3)how short to make the bottom of the bodice (i.e. midriff showing, or not)

We decided it “bunched” up a bit too much and I will cut off about 3 inches



4)whether or not to finish the sides and bottom of the bodice together

I’m going to finish these separately, let the top sit on the dress form for a day or two and see if the chiffon layer stretches any differently than the under layer, but I’m fairly certain that we can leave them separate. They will both be pulled back to the “fake knot” closing in the back, so I don’t think any drooping will occur.


5)width and length of sarong skirt and solve problem of bulky knot

The chiffon layer was definately too wide and I will be cutting about 10 inches off the width before finishing it. I think this will go a long way to solving the bulky knot problem. The turquoise layer was also about 6 inches too long. I cut both of these layers intentionally too big before the fitting so that we could determine exact measurements on the body. I find this to be a much better way of finding the end measurement. Often the client will make a different decision when seeing the actual fabric on herself than she would have with just discussing options.


6)edge finish technique, samples to be shown

Arika liked the roll hem my serger does and I will use that for almost all edges, matching colors of thread to fabric.

At the next fitting, most of the dress will be completed. The sarong will be cut to the size we determined in our first fitting and the edges will be finished. Arika will be able to see if it fits just as she wants.

The armhole edges and bottom edge of the top will be finished and we will be determining the placement of the gathers at back to put in the “S” hook swim suit fastener and placing the fake knot over that.

The casing size for the neck edge should be determined by e-mail once Arika has selected her beads for the necklace that will hold up the top. This will be completed if I have that information and we will see the effect with the necklace.

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Oops!

I was doing an alteration for the girls dance studio (Don’t get any ideas! I don’t do alterations, this was just a quick favor in exchange for Zoe’s new tap shoes). The front desk staff put the costume in a bag and just handed it to me with the instructions “make the crotch 5 inches bigger”. When I opened the bag there was a little scrap of fabric that matched the costume and was just perfect for what I needed. After I turned it back in, the mom called me and asked if I had seen a “hair scrunchie” in the bag. I said I hadn’t, then she described it as a long strip of fabric matching the costume! Oops!

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The baptism of the Bible…OR… "How I discovered the Holy Writ of YHWH is all wet"


Last night I spent over an hour blow-drying the Bible. Kevin had to do the Zone at Tim’s house because his office isn’t inhabitable yet. After supper the girls went up to their room and played quietly together for nearly an hour. During this time Quentin was also playing quietly….in the bathroom. Somehow he managed to get nearly a 1/4 inch of water to stand on the bathroom counter. I don’t understand the physics of it, but it happened. Also on the bathroom counter for God only knows what reason was Zoe’s baby dedication bible with toilet paper tucked randomly in the pages for bookmarks. The toilet paper soaked up the water and drenched the bible from the inside out.

Oh, and in the background of this picture is yet another member of our “pinkie” (flamingo) collection. This one is the candy jar in the kitchen.

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Arika’s sarong

These are the pictures of Arika’s sarong. Arika is having a beach wedding.

They aren’t in any particularorder. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to layout several pictures on a spread in blogspot. You’ll have to just scroll up and down and follow along.

The first and last pictures are of the beggining of the draping process. There will be turqoise fabric under the bodice as well as the skirt, but I stopped taking pictures before I got the turquoise bodice cut and draped. Arika may want a little less gathers at the neck, but I always like to have too much fabric and be able to cut away excess, than to have less than the client wants.

As I went around the bodice with the draping, I figured out that, layed out on the bias, I would be able to go all the way around to the back with one piece, instead of having to insert a side seam. I’m very pleased with this. (you can see this in the next to last picture). When I did the cut-away and tied the knot in back, I discovered that the knot is very bulky. Arika & I discussed this in our original consultation and she’s open to using a swimsuit bra hook (the “S” shaped kind) and using a fake knot to reduce the bulky look in the back. This will also allow us to pre-determine where the gathers at the back will lay, rather than Arika and her attendants trying to fuss with it right before the ceremony. While the material is chiffon, the bulk comes from the embroidery and sequins.

There are 2 pictures that show the skirt as well. The same problem occurs with the bulky knot of the white layer. I have cut both the turquoise and the white layer extra big in order to really decide what we like, so we may be able to reduce the bulky look of this knot simply by making the sarong less wide.

Things to be decided at the fitting:
1) how much fullness is really wanted at the neckline
2) line of bodice edge (going from neck, under arm, to back)
3)how short to make the bottom of the bodice (i.e. midriff showing, or not)
4)whether or not to finish the sides and bottom of the bodice together
5)width and length of sarong skirt and solve problem of bulky knot
6)edge finish technique, samples to be shown

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"On bended (right) knee I come"

These are the right knees of my jeans. Only the right, never the left. You figure it out, I’ve got too many fish to fry to contemplate the deeper meaning of one-sided holey britches. (Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of “one-sided holy” anything to last a lifetime.) I have 2 more pair in the same condition that would have made this picture, I’m sure, more compelling, but they went AWOL for the photo shoot. Swallowed up in the belly of the house monster (you know you have one, too) there to live until it sees something so vile and disgusting it will regurgitate them in a most inexplicable place. I expect that to be by the end of the week based on the condition of my kitchen counter as we speak.

I apparently spend quite of bit of time on my hands and knees. Make no assumptions about my piety, as I certainly make no assumptions about yours (and, I might add, love you just the same). It’s more likely from washing the kitchen floor with 409 and a rag as yet another incident of “oops, sorry mommy, I may or may not have just placed an entire gallon of orange juice somewhere other than my 8 ounce Dora cup” is going to make my socks stick to the floor and I’ll be stuck in the kitchen forever (which is my second worst nightmare) if I don’t get this cleaned up. I would buy more jeans, but the size on the tag needed to adequately cover my back porch frightens me almost as much as the house monster.

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TITLE: A trip to Wal-mart gone very, very wrong

CHARACTERS: Me, Zoe, Quentin, and the manager of the local walmart.

INTRODUCTION:
Unfortunately, the following story happens more than I care to admit.

PART I:
We had playgroup this morning at the park. Quentin spent the entire hour lying on the merry-go-round screaming any time any of the children came within 10 feet of him. What was he screaming? “mawmee, nobody will pway wif me, day all are a-ga-wee at me!!!” (angry, incase you’ve lost the knack of interpreting 4 yr old-ease somewhere along the way). Really, Quentin, I can’t imagine why a bunch of little kids wouldn’t want to play with a screaming banshee who frightens the crap out them. As the hour went on, Quentin had more and more snot and dirt mixing on his face. By the time we were done, he looked like someone whose mother should know better than to leave the house. (She does, she just ignores what she knows and goes anyway)

PART II:
We had no milk at home and needed to go to walmart to get some after playgroup. I was going to have gone last night after the kids went to bed, but I decided that if I was about to take off to Arkansas in the event that my father would have had a bypass, I might buy different groceries than just a regular trip (oh, by the way, Daddy is fine, no need for stints or bypass or anything, sorry to have left you in suspense). So I put it off until today. Both Zoe and Quentin we tired and hungry, but I gave Quentin his blankie (which makes him suck his thumb) and gave them both granola bars and chex mix and reassured them I just had about 20 things to rush in a get “real quick”. When I read back over that, I do realize it sounds like a disaster in the making, but I chanced it anyway.

CLIMAX:
Things went fine until the check out when Zoe decided for some unknown reason to mule kick Quentin in the head. I think her reasoning was that she thought Quentin was looking at her. Who knows. I removed her from the little bench cart where they were sitting together and placed her back in the basket while I tried to hold her down with one hand. She was jumping up and down and clawing at me to get out and SCREAMING loud enough to wake the very long dead. With the other hand I was trying to put the groceries up on the belt and put the checked out ones back in the cart strategically positioned so that the human jumping bean wouldn’t crush or puncture anything.

CONCLUSION:
THEN the manager of the store comes over to ask me “Is everything all right?” When I assured him that it was, he said “Is there anyone I can call for you?”. I SO wanted to think of a quick smart aleck come back, but none came to mind! Any suggestions? There will be a “next time”.

EPILOUGE:
Unfortunately, this is the THIRD store manager whose attention we have attracted in the past year. Sheesh. I swear this can not be normal.

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Leppu, Leppu, Leppu

I just found leppu, leppu, leppu with Dolly Kirtstin’s underpants on his head. When questioned about this, Quentin said “he need to take a sow-er” (shower)

Quentin loves to make up his own songs. One is about this animal, his most beloved. It’s name is lepard (leppu) and Quentin sings “leppu, leppu, leppu, can’t stop singin’ ’bout it, leppu, leppu, leppu, can’t stop singin’ ’bout it”.

Keep your eyes open, you never know what’s around the next corner.

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