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Altering everything

Sorting through some papers, I found a pattern that I had downloaded for free but never got around to taping the 30 some pages together. It wasn’t long before I realized that there had been some sort of glitch when I printed it out. The pattern pieces were all offset, some by as much as an inch. It took me awhile but I finally got all my pieces matched up and I added the missing lines as best as I could. It’s a pretty simple pattern, which is good, because I either didn’t print out the pattern instructions or I downloaded them onto my previous computer. Since the web is my friend, a search was in order. I found some mixed reviews of the pattern. Not that it really matters since I have to alter patterns so much that I usually don’t bother with store bought patterns. The last time that I was NOB, I bought a book called Fitting Solutions: ...

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Soldiering on

image courtesy  Joanna van der Gracht Rosado Adelita is the nickname that was given to the  women who fought in the Mexican revolution. I dressed up as one for the Grito party, Joanna gave in September. The Adelita is a powerful symbol, a strong woman, combination soldier, camp follower, nurse, often carrying a baby on her back alongside her rifle. Darstellung zweier Soldaderas image courtesy Wikipedia Deutsch Carrying on my La Calavera Catrina theme, this week’s painting combined an iconic image of an two Adelitas that I found on Wikipedia’s German Language Edition, with a calavera catrina. Spanish spellings seem to be variable because I have seen the word written as canterina, catrina and catarina, today, I am using catrina. Tomorrow? Who nows? For now I have separated the two companions. I am planning on painting the remaining Adelita next week and perhaps the two together after that.  

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Weight loss surgery made easy.

Assuming you’ve been reading along since I started this blog, do you remember back in October of 2007 when I made a body double? She’s been hanging out in the studio wearing various things that I don’t want to throw away but seldom use. If you ever want to really see what you look like to other people, I recommend creating a clone of your body. It’s amazing, making that mannequin was one of the reasons that I decided that I really needed to lose weight. Looking at her today, I realized that I no longer look like that. To confirm my suspicions, I measured her. I have lost seven inches off my bust and hips, eight off my tummy! My waist has shrunk by nine inches. I must have been in denial about how much I weighed or what size I wore. This morning, I took a knife to her and performed weight loss surgery.It was incredibly cathartic. The ...

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stash busting

Trying to keep my fabric addiction under control, I made a pact with myself to not buy any new fabric unless I first use up some in my stash. If only the economy could grow with the speed of a fabricaholic’s dedicated seamstress’ fabric hoard collection. I’ve gotten better, at least I no longer have bolts and bolts of yardage. It’s just three bins. So far I’ve made Thread’s magazine’s 30-minute Jacket and Craftstylish’s Circle Vest out of some black gauzy chiffon fabric. I used some lace to embellish the vest, but I am think I am going to make another one out of different fabric. I was trying for a 1930’s art deco cocoon coat, but I didn’t like the drape over the rear. Finally, I bought One Hour Dress , it’s a reprint of a 1924  pamphlet by Mary Brooks Picken. My 1 hour dress took longer than an hour, but that was my fault. First I cut the ...

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Lotsa sewing, not so much blogging

Remember when I went fabric shopping? I didn’t tell you about my project, because I thought you might find it odd. I have been making diapers and diaper covers. Diapering has changed since my kids were babies. When La Primera was born, the hospital gave me an enormous case of pampers and lots of coupons because disposables were just becoming available. You know, the first one is free after that you need to pay, and pay, and pay. By the time Mihijo was born, ten years later, disposables we common. In fact day care centers wouldn’t take babies in cloth diapers. I was a rebel, I liked cloth diapers better. Life being cyclic,things have come around, it’s cheaper to use cloth, it’s more green and it’s better for baby. All those things I used to say, except the green part, I’d of said that too, but it wasn’t part of my vocabulary back then. What is nifty is that there ...

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The flip side of shopping here

Normally, expat complain about what they can’t find here in their new home. The things that made life comfortable. Steve Cotton is back in Oregon and just posted about buying cherries in Oregon, jealousy is such an ugly emotion, I miss heirloom tomatoes and cherries and berries and….. This post isn’t about that, it’s about the odd stuff that you can find here. You’ve probably noticed that I like to make stuff. I sew, crochet and occasionally decorate with paint. With the exception of some specialty items its really easy to find supplies here. I love that. I decided that I wanted to make something really special for NFN, so I looked online. After looking at a lot of stuff I found something that I think will be practical and also help reduce my fabric stash. The only thing is that it requires flannel and/or birdseye fabric. I found both selling for much less than the same fabrics retail for ...

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Oh, you know, because I am so bored, and have nothing else to do…

Mexico’s Bicentennial is this year, September 15th. One of my friends is having a big celebration and it’s a costume party! Another one of my friends designated me her costume designer for the event. I of course, said yes. Breaking one of my cardinal rules, I do not sew for people unless I gave birth to them, or in the case of NFN (gave birth to her mom).It will be fun, I have several months to think about it. I may want to go as the Empress Carlota, that would be fun. I love this dress and it’s my favorite time period. But, that is a little bizarre since the revolution was against them…there are other options. I did threaten to make her a rumbera or bata Cubana. Mostly because I really love all the ruffles and I think she could pull it off. Maybe for Carnival? Wouldn’t that be fun? I like the China Poblana a lot and it ...

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How many days are there in June?

Don’t say that I didn’t warn you, but I will be posting every day this month. I read that it takes 21 days to make a habit, but when I had horses I was told it took 30 days to train a horse to do something and once to un-train it. With that in mind, I am going to blog every day this month. It isn’t going to be junk either, if I give myself the out of just posting something, regardless of the quality, this blog will devolve into mindless drivel. There is enough mindless drivel floating around the blogo-sphere as it is. La Primera received her package already and is very happy. Her husband wanted to know who in Ohio was sending her stuff. She told him it was from me but one of my friends mailed it because people who live in Mexico take their vacations in Ohio and other exotic places like that!She loves the tights ...

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Getting sucked into the whirlpool…

Getting sucked into the whirlpool…that is the internet. Husband commented the other day that there really isn’t as much of interest to him online anymore. We don’t facebook or twitter or whatever is the newest electronic rage. Even though that is true it’s still easy to get sucked in.When you are retired it’s easy to let time pass by unmarked. I don’t like that idea at all.Then again, I have always needed a project. Completing those projects is another thing entirely. My tea party project has been put on hold, DD (darling daughter) says that there is no room for more stuff for the faux granddaughters. They have the fairy skirts and crowns that I made (but couldn’t photograph due to camera issues) and she says that is enough for now. I am thinking maybe I will make them a basic costume dress with accessories, but I don’t know if they would know how to use them. I am totally ...

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Nothing like a challange!

While I was avoiding cleaning my office catching up on my internet browsing I wandered over to the Burda Styles website and found this contest Coats and Clark Red and Pink Sewing Contest, you upload a photo of something you have made that is predominately red and pink and people vote. The prizes are pretty good, thread and some other stuff including an opportunity to have your outfit modeled by you or someone else at the big sewing show in Washington. Of course, travel is not included but first I have to create something.On the down side, the deadline is January 31st, not a really long time. I have to check my stash, this may put a damper on the princess dresses but I did send fairy skirts with Chica Feliz. No photos of the skirts, maybe my son will send me some of the girls wearing them, but the skirts are pretty cool. I used left over butterfly sequins ...

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