Saturday, September 29, 2007

Cidell tagged me for 8 things you didn't ask to know about me. First time being tagged, so I'm excited to play. Here goes...

1. Apart from sewing and crafting, the other things I enjoy doing are watching football and drinking beer. I actually like drinking beer so much that when I moved to Toronto, I immediately started a beer group to go drink beer with me. The inherent contradictions in my choice of hobbies (girlie vs. beer slob on couch watching football) amuse me.

2. I have many good qualities, I'm nice, good-humored and generous, but I'm also incredibly messy, and the world's worst procrastinator. Case in point - I sewed up four skirts in July, and all I had left to complete and wear them over summer was attaching a hook and eye to them. Yeah, still not done. Hence, didn't wear any of the skirts over the summer. I'm idiotic like that.

3. I never mention my blog to casual friends. In fact, the only people that know about my blog are my family, and three of my friends.

4. My parents used to live in Africa. I bought so much fabric when I visited, that I have a whole suitcase of gorgeous fabric sitting somewhere (in storage, since I'm between apartments.)

5. I stay friends with ex-boyfriends. My entire family thinks this is pretty strange. I tend not to worry about it.

6. Reethi is my real first name. Its Indian, I grew up in India.

7. I'm addicted to email. I check email every 10 secs. But I procrastinate on replying...

8. I'm writing a children's novel. My deadline is November end. I WILL finish this by then. (Ok, I've now stated this publicly, so more pressure.)

That's my 8. I'm tagging no-one, or everyone. If you read this, and want to play, please do!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pondering jumpers...

The jumper trend seems huge, and I've the September BWOF, with a jumper pattern which I think I can manage to sew without too much heartache. (See Cidell's really cool version here.)


The deal is, I'm short and plump, and I've a bit of a tummy. I'm pretty sure the jumper will make me look shorter, plumper, and completely shapeless.

So, the smart thing to do would be to go to the mall and try one on.

I've been a bit sewing-uninspired. I had almost finished installing my invisible zipper, and then the zipper pull came out, and I couldn't fit it back. So I had to rip out the entire thing, and now I need to go shopping for an invisible zipper. Bleah!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

On patterns: Finally finding a pattern sale in Canada (Fabricland, all Simplicity patterns for $1.99), I added the following patterns to my pattern collection.

Simplicity 3692 - inspired by this dress, by Jenny which its not identical to, but I'm not upto drafting patterns...
Simplicity 3838 and Simplicity 4020 - inspired by this idea on Nibbles and Bytes
Simplicity 3631 - ever since Sew Stylish did an entire magazine with this pattern...
Simplicity 4074 - I'm going to be brave and try a knit dress one of these days... this is for that day.

On muslins: I don't make muslins. I might have mentioned this before? And I think its because I really don't buy expensive fabric - I'm super-cheap like that. I don't think I've ever paid more than $7 a yard. And $7 - that's really expensive for me. Usually, I pay $2. Or $3. Which makes everything I make a muslin, I guess. If I ever bought expensive fabric, I'm sure I'd make sure the pattern worked for me.

On photos: My camera is still hiding. I'll hunt it up, since I made a dress I want to take a picture of. I found the fabric in Bouclair's $1 remnant bin, and using some trim my mom was going to throw away, and $5 in lining (the most expensive part of the project) I made a dress I'm hoping will be quite wearable. I'm proud of my ~$6 dress.