Monthly Archives: May 2006

Better pictures of Rachel’s dress





I got these from Rachel a few weeks ago. The only problem I see with the dress is that there is something going on with the tension on my machine. You can see that the seams going down the gussets on the skirt look a little “pickled”. They should be perfectly flat. I can not seem to get this through to my repair guy, and I can’t figure out how to fix it either. I’ve tried everything I can think of. I’ve probably just abused the maching too much. I’m dying to upgrade to the Bernina Aurora!

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ASG competition outfit



Well, I’ve officially entered the American Sewing Guild Creativity Contest. I entered the “most interesting wardrobe” category. My concept was to create 2 outfits around one top for easy change from daywear to a night out. I’m extremely casual so the “evening wear” outfit is about as dressed up as I ever get.

I sat on the fence about doing it for the longest time, but then the prize of a new serger made me decide to go ahead and do it. My serger is 20 years old if it’s a day and I’m pretty sure is also bipolar.

These pictures came out really well. Kelley took them at the park behind her house. There was a rather large flock of geese the children were chasing (I’ve cropped them out of the background, thought it might be more professional looking!) and yelling things to me like “mama, is this duck poop?” The story of my life….I’m going around trying to appear like I’ve got it all together as a professional and in the background there is always someone yelling about poop!

I don’t know why I had in my head that the ASG was not a very professional group. Maybe I had the Home Sewers Association mixed up with them, but I was thinking they were non-professional, “homey”, quilters and crafters. When I started looking at what they offer, I was really impressed. In fact, I’ve joined the Denver chapter b/c it was the closest and am somewhat bummed that I can’t make very many meetings. It is a very well put together and thought out high class group of ladies. I’ve read through the conference booklet and would love to be able to go to that. The classes had me drooling. My hope for the competition is just to be able to make a finalist position. I’m not entirely pleased with the results of my entry and will give myself a little more time next year to think through the design process.

The main problem is the jacket. I had a really cute idea, and somehow it just did not turn out the way I wanted it to. I think one of the biggest problems was that I decided to add gathers at the bust and it just really threw everything off from the turned back facing to the button hole placement.

The skirt came out pretty darn cute, but I don’t like how I look in it. That is perchance due to the fact that I’m about 40 lbs overweight and think nothing looks good on me right now.

The pants need help in the crotch curve. I HAVE to find someone who can help me fit a pants pattern on myself. When fitting pants, you really need to look forward in order to not affect the drape. This is not helpful when trying to fit yourself to not be able to look down!

Anyway, it’s all done and I hope to hear from them in a couple of weeks one way or the other.

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Apparently I am now the ODOR POLICE

I had a message on my answering machine yesterday from The Men’s Wharehouse. They said there was a strange odor coming from their back room and could I come and fix it?

(I swear to you, I am not making this up)

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A conversation with my list

I say: “You do not own me. I am not defined by your size. I will not be drawn into your little tantrums about who comes first or how much attention you need. I can be more than you make me into. Go away.”

My list says: “You will do what I say, little missy, and do it now. If you do not adress my concerns, I will go in the closet and multiply like drunken bunnies on spring break in Aruba. Deal with me, or I will bring back those ugly black spots on the upstairs toilets, knowing full well that the toilet brush is downstairs. You will be what I want you to be…until I change my mind tomorrow and become something else, which you will also bow down to. You will:
1)dump the dishwasher
2) put dirty dishes into diswasher
3) pick up blankets and toys from living room
4 ) vacuum
5) deal with laundry, 5a) put a load in washer, 5b) take clean clothes out of dryer, fold, put away, 5c) put away clothes currently on my dresser, 5d) figure out what’s clean and what’s not on the girls floor
6) go through playroom and get rid of toys the kids seem incapable of putting away
7) finish sewing 2 garments for American Sewing Guild competition, deadline is Friday
8) sweep and mop floor in kitchen and backroom
9) finish picture wall: staple little hanger doo-hickies on back of frames, hang frames, put pictures in frames
10) put away all the stuff on the fireplace in back room that’s been sitting there for a month
11) pay bills
12) make bed
13) make grocery list, 13a) buy groceries
14) make list of what to discuss with Zoe’s teacher tomorrow
15) finish sewing Arika’s wedding dress for fitting on saturday
16) make appointment to get Quentin’s mop cut off for summer
17) call to double check date of my dr.’s appointment, 17a) call Kelley to confirm child-care needed for dr.’s appointment
18) make sure to take $1.00 into office at Olivia’s school to cover lunch yesterday
19) iron out of control pile of Kevin’s shirts that have been waiting around for weeks
20) figure out something edible for dinner
21) pick up Zoe’s perscription

I say: “Just what I needed. An arch-nemisis with an attitude. You win. But don’t get any ideas, I don’t like you. I will not be coersed into loving you. I will not embrace you. You are not welcome here, go away.”

My list says: “you are the only one capable of making me go away. No one else will even acknowledge my existance. I am yours to do with as you wish. I love you even if you do not love me. How can you know? Because I am always in your back pocket.”

I say: “22) go to the mall & find pants with no pockets.”

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I feel like crap

My head is congested
My eyes itch to the point I feel like I can’t keep them open
My thoat hurts
My nose won’t stop running even after sudafed
I’m exhausted

I thought it was hay fever, but now I’m thinking it’s got to be a cold. Great, now I’ll get bronchitis. I’ve got way too much to do this week to be sick.

To top that all off, I just had to leave playgroup b/c Zoe and Quentin were screaming and punching each other. They SCREAMED the entire way home “why did we have to leave, we’re not fussing!!!”

I need a vacation.

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A pont ment (excuse us as we have marital communication)

Kevin,
I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow (Monday May 22, 2006) at 6:15 pm.

Just so you know.

DD a.k.a TB

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What I will do for money

I’ve had some interested sewing jobs pop up lately. One was a lady in Houston that has a children’s wear line. She was interested in me doing production work for her and sent me a sketch and fabric with the instructions to just “interpret” the sketch. No measurements or anything. I did EXACTLY what she asked for in the sketch and sent it back to her. She was extremely put out that I did one inch ruffles instead of 1 1/2 inch, that the skirt was 14 inches instead of 12, etc., etc. and informed me that she won’t be able to pay me for the sample work I did for her because of my lack of professionalism. I laughed.

Then today I had an inquiry from a company in Peublo that wants to know if I am interested in making cloth sanitary napkins for them. Weird. (and yet, I’m going to call them)

I stop at making those dumb clothes for ceramic geese. I mean, I’ve got to have standards.

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