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Monday, May 18, 2009

The Everything Post: Sewing, Moving, Wonder Twin Powers & Fabric Porn

Since I can't seem to write a proper post these days I'm just going to put down some random bits. I have been slightly more active over at Twitter if you want to follow me there, too.

Everything Tote
I sewed the Everything Tote from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing and I love it! I pack it full of clothes, food, sunscreen, and take everything everywhere. The Joel Dewberry, decor-weight exterior is holding up well, as is the cute, Japanese Bambi twill lining. At Quilt Market Melanie Falick told me that it really helps book sales if people review books at different times, not just when they are released. I'll keep posting as I sew all the cute stuff Heather designed. I did just break my fabric buying freeze to get some of her Far, Far Away before it's all gone. I follow WhipStitch Fabrics on Twitter and couldn't pass up a 15% off code (I think she's out of FFA). Am currently wondering if a 41-year-old woman can pull off a purple unicorn tunic. And from the shameless self-promotion department, did you know my blog is mentioned in the inspirations section of Weekend Sewing? Guess I need to get to work! Wonder Twin powers activate! Shape of an inspiring craft blog!

Without a dressform
Frustrated with always having to do major adjustments to store-bought patterns — and wanting to copy a specific and deceptively simple-looking child's dress from Mini Boden, but not having a proper dressform — I decided to do a self-draping. It took three labor-intensive drafts (wrapping myself in fabric, pinning, basting, taking apart, making adjustments, and drafting paper patterns) but I'm very happy with the result. It's so fitted and comfortable in the bust that I can imagine making my own non-stretch bras like in the olden days (I've been having boob trouble from underwires). The hardest part of the pattern making process was having to rip out the sewing on the last, well-fitted version, so that I could make the final pattern. Here's a funny, jazz hands picture with me wearing the final dress for Lorimarsha's visit.

Do you own, rent, or live with your parents?
Seven years and two babies later, we're finally moving out of my mom's house (the house I grew up in) and down (30 miles south) to the ranch that used to belong to my husband's grandparents. If you can pull it off, I highly recommend trying the multi-generational household. Imagine the foundation of love, when every day you have your mom, dad, grandma, and auntie available for hugs, as well as help.

Our plans have always been to move to our cabin in the woods when it finally gets a bathroom and a kitchen (still not done). During the ten years we've been remodeling, our family has outgrown the 600 square feet before we ever got to live in it. We'll be looking for a very special person or two to rent it, someone who will love it as much as we do.

While it will be sad to leave the auntie and grandma, we are looking forward to exploring the ranch's ten acres of coastal scrub, having adventures with horses, cleaning out the greenhouse, learning about animal care, native plants, and bees, and generally having the physical space to match the endless energy of two active boys. I see bike tracks, forts, archery, and lots of general digging and hacking in our future.

We'll be near this awesome place.

Like I need more fabric.
Next weekend, Susie Bright — famed writer of sexual politics, erotica, feminism, and popular culture, who also just happens to be a fellow craft blogger, dressmaker, and neighbor — is de-stashing! Makes me all hot and bothered just thinking about it.

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Blogger Crafty snark said...

Where is this cabin? It looks fabulous!

Mon May 18, 01:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

OMG Susie is in Santa Cruz! And I'm in Mountain View! This would be so awesome, but do I dare to brave what is likely to be horrific holiday weekend traffic over the mountains! Aaarrrhhhh!!! What to do????? :)

Mon May 18, 03:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

All my favorite people are twittering ... I still don't think I can give in ... yet. :)

Can't wait to hear more about your new digs. Horses?! Wahoo!

Mon May 18, 06:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lady P said...

wow - for not posting on the blog - you are still ever busy, ever creative - and I wish that I had your cute little cabin - it looks like heaven

Mon May 18, 11:26:00 PM PDT  
OpenID metrosupialdesigns said...

Wow I haven't heard the name Susie Bright in so long. Enjoy. I have the perfect fabric for the weekend bag, but have to wait for Winter.

Tue May 19, 08:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger daisy mae said...

I didn't realize you lived so close to where I grew up! I'm heading back there next month. I can't wait to show my son the beach and all the wonders of that magical town.

Tue May 19, 08:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sonya said...

I'm coming down and pitching a tent as soon as you're settled. And I will bring the canoe for a paddle.

Tue May 19, 09:00:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sonya said...

Oh and I'm glad I'm not the only one who says Wonder Twin powers activate! Feel less dorky now. "Shape of a ..."

Tue May 19, 09:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Ahh but will your iron still frequent the butter dish? Will your kitchen still be green?

Tue May 19, 09:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger jek-a-go-go said...

oh! i was just drooling over the mini boden dresses as well. much better than the grown-up dresses! how exciting to be moving and your cabin is extra special fabulous! i wish we could move up there and love it like you do.

Tue May 19, 10:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger mims said...

WOW! Congratulations Michelle on the move to your own home! Although a multigenerational household most definitely has its perks, I imagine there are the occasional not having a room of your own for crafting!

Are you going to makerfaire?

Wed May 20, 06:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Paper Pictures said...

Thanks for the fabric sale tip! I'll check that out for sure (since I've been to Harts about 3 times this week, I could use a sale!)

Wed May 20, 01:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kirsty said...

The iron cord and the butter dish are on the move...
I live in a two-couple household (multi-familiar, mono-generational?), and I've enjoyed the little views of your household through your blog. I get a "slightly unconventional domestic arrangement" fellow feeling buzz!
Looking forward to hear tell of your new home too

Wed May 20, 01:49:00 PM PDT  

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