Monday, August 29, 2011

Can we rewind to the weekend, please?

I could tell it was a Monday morning without even looking at a calendar. I took the dogs to the vet this morning for check-ups and Rosabelle vomited in the car. While washing it out at a gas station, I was wondering to myself if I was going to smell like vomit at the office all day when it occured to me that I forgot to put on deodorant this morning in my rush to get both kids and both dogs out of the house on time. Great, I am going to smell like vomit AND sweat today. Can we just rewind to my wonderful weekend, please?

Hurricane Irene brought us some wind and rain, but nothing we couldn't handle. More importantly, she brought us BEAUTIFUL post-hurricane weather! No humidity and temps in the low 80s during the day and low 60s at night - and it is supposed to be like this all week! I'm in heaven! (in case you didn't know, "almost heaven" is in West Virginia, "heaven" is in Virginia)

Saturday was busy with quite a bit of running around and volunteering accompanied by the blustery weather, but Sunday was wonderful and relaxing. I didn't even shower and dress until right before bedtime when I put on clean pajamas! It was Jason's 9th birthday, so I made him some banana bread for breakfast, we opened gifts, and we lounged about for most of the day. For me, lounging includes sewing. I made a pillowcase dress/nightgown for Anika from a 50 cent pillowcase she helped me pick out at the thrift store this summer. I am much happier with my stitches and construction with this one than with the first one I made a couple months ago.

(note: this is a child-sized headless mannequin, NOT my 6 year old son. What kind of mother would ask her son to model a dress for his cousin!?! Although most 6-year-olds will do almost anything for chocolate...) I'll be sending this off to her once I whip up the other pillowcase that we bought into a nightgown. I would have done them at the same time but the other one needed a different thread color, and there is a limit to how many times I am willing to change the thread in a single day.

I also started working on a Christmas present for my niece - a patchwork circle skirt. The tutorial can be found at I love the dresses in the tutorial, but wow, I had no idea how challenging it is to "gather". Each successive row has 1.5 times the number of patches, and you somehow have to sew them together. The first two rows were a struggle, but I powered through. When it came time to add the third row, I thought, "No way is this going to work!"

But it did.

I was hoping that 3 rows would be enough, so I tried the skirt on my "child-sized headless mannequin" (no photo), but realized that if I didn't add another row, my niece would be getting a lot of unwanted attention everytime she bent over. The 4th row of blocks is over 10.5 feet long!

I called it a day once I got the blocks sewn together and a binding sewn onto the bottom of the row - I won't be attempting to "gather" that row until I have been fortified by a good night's sleep, a cup of coffee and a soothing fragrant candle. All I have left is to sew on the 4th row and sew on a waistband. (I have elastic in there now, but I'm in the process of taking that out because I thought of a better way to do the waist, I think.)

I would love to make one of these for myself - how fun would it be to flounce around in one of those? - , but the effort might just put me over the edge and into the looney bin. Maybe if I used rectangles instead of squares so I wouldn't need so many rows... (not that my legs are that long to begin with) It bears considering, and wow, what a stashbusting project!

To calm my nerves after all the "gathering", I started watching McLeod's Daughters on Netflix. I have found my new Netflix addiction! First, it was Gilmore Girls, then Brothers and Sisters, now, I can't wait to see what happens next on that beautiful spread in South Australia. And there are 100 episodes - woo hoo! I'm only on number 5, so lots of viewing pleasure ahead of me. I was watching on my big 110" screen in our home movie theater (which still isn't painted, by the way - wasn't that my grand plan for my summer vacation?), and the scenery was BREATHTAKING! Was that filmed anywhere near where any of my Australian friends/followers live? If so, prepare a room; I'm coming to visit!


Rachel said...

If I was in charge, I'd give you a do-over for Monday morning!

Last night, my daughter and I returned from a movie after midnight to find that AbbyDog had messed all over the floor in the entry way (poor thing was feeling sick). She then repeated the mess in my bedroom, on the carpet, at 3:00 this morning. So I got to take out the steam cleaner. What a great way to start the week...

Love the pillowcase dress and the skirt. You're always making such neat projects!

Sallie said...

"this is a child-sized headless mannequin, NOT my 6 year old son." - the best laugh I've had all day! Give that good sport a ton of chocolate!! :)

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Erin the little dress is so cute and the skirt is adorable. Glad you didn't get to much of the bad weather. Have a wonderful day.

joe tulips said...

A couple years ago, I had to make a full circle skirt for my niece. She was in a play at school. I had no idea what I was getting into...yards and yards to ruffle! So I can relate here to the horror of.... that 4th row!

Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa. (Field of Dreams)

man, I hate when that happens. Dog puke in the car and no deodorant! :-D

bernie said...

Ah yes Monday! Great skirt and how convenient to have that mannequien to model it :). Glad the storm left behind some good weather for you. Bernie

Barb H said...

Great skirt, Erin! I loved watching McLeod's Daughters on WE a couple of years ago. Then WE took the series off and added shows like Bridezillas and others that portray women, IMHO, as brainless dolts. GRRRRRRR! I'm curious to see what your Aussie followers say about the series.

oversewn (Raven) said...

Oh my! I cannot stop laughing at the "headless mannequin" Seriously hysterical!!! I might have to try that tactic.....

Becky said...

Hahahahaha! Headless mannequin!!! Erin, you're a doodle! You made my I am sure you made his...oops....IT'S!!!

Hope your day is going better and my wish for you is that everyone that approaches you will be "up wind"!!!
Love ya!

Shay said...

In my experience Monday often stinks. Im glad to hear the worst of the storm bypassed you.

Nice mannequin. Where do I get one of those? he he I've never gathered anything and although the skirt looks utterly fabulous the thought of doing an adult sized one makes me feel ill after reading your doubts!

Im squealing after reading your McLeods Daughters comment...that was filmed 20 minutes from my house ! You're welcome to come and stay anytime!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

What a life like manequin you have! ( Chocolate is such a great trade off). The pillow case dress/nightgown is adorable.
The skirt you are making is darling and certainly involves A LOT of gathering. If you use the rectangle idea for yourself it probably wouldn't be too awfully difficult.
Thanks for the recommendation on McCleods Daughters. I just added it to my instant que. I'm currently watching Army Wives (83 episodes) and will start on McCleods next :)
I hope the rest of your week is better than the way your Monday started.

Julie Fukuda said...

Glad Irene passed without much damage. My son in DC had a power outage but was rather chuckling about the quake and storm which are common here in Japan. I get a laugh about the American base community thaqt run out and cancel everything if a storm is headded in. Now you know that the day after is the best weather in the year!
Great projects! Congratulate the mannequin for his Scout spirit!

Nancy said...

Love the skirt and the pillowcase dress. Think I could make 3 of those skirts as Xmas gifts - Emily's too young for one this year! And LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your mannequin - hope no one spills the beans at school or Cub Scouts about his activities with your sewing projects!