Monday, August 29, 2011
If Burda gives you lemons
I wanted to deal with the remains of my BWOF 9/11 #132 dress before it became a crumpled silk UFO taunting me from the floor of my sewing room - or worse, a crumpled silk sleeping mat for Lily, no longer taunting me because it's full of cat hair.
What can make you feel almost as good as a successful sewing project? Taking scissors to an unsuccessful one.
I cut off that unfortunate upper portion and threw it out. That left the lower section, and once cut along the side seams, I had a very large piece of fabric for the front, and a reasonbly-sized piece for the back.
I guess there's a point to being a slob.
When I made this pattern a week or so ago, I thought it was a quick, easy, cute top, and now I can add one more positive to this list:
It's a quick, easy, cute top that saves me from having to look at this failure of a dress crumpled on the sewing room floor.
Take that, Burda. It may not be the dress - or even a dress - but it's a wearable, finished garment and I can now put the Burda dress behind me.
Philly got about 6" of rain, which is less than we got two weeks ago. The winds were rough but nothing the house couldn't handle, and for the first time in many, many years, we took on no water. It's comforting, knowing that the house is finally just about watertight.
For anyone who's curious, the chickens made it through the storm just fine - it was, after all, less water than they've had several times since moving into the back yard. In what turned out to be an excess of caution, we took a fashionable blue tarp, some bungee cords and a few bricks, and made sure that the girls were as close to protected as we could manage. All that did was keep them relatively dark all day yesterday, and so they laid no eggs, but at least they were dry.
Tomorrow is a vacation day for me, though I'm not sure now what we're going to do with it. Originally it was supposed to be a shore day but I think the shore's still closed, and even if it's not, most of the roads between here and there probably are. So maybe it'll just be a vacation at home day, sleeping late, cleaning up some debris outside, . . . getting a little bit of sewing done?
Hope you all made it through the storm unscathed, and got more sewing done than I did.