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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Sleeveless armhole size question
« Last post by TalyQ on Today at 08:17:22 AM »
Thanks for the input. I turned out that the armhole needed scooping out, which I did a bit and then finished the dress. This morning the girl came to pick up the dress and for one last fitting and it it is still cutting into her armpit in the front and she wants it lower on the botton as well! Which means opening up the sideseam, undoing all the understitching on both sides and resewing both armholes! I think I am going to cry! I thought I was done with all 4 dresses. I hope it will not ruin things.

Also for some reason on the fitting where the dress was only basted, we thought the bodice was too long on her petite body (I had already made a petite adjustment) and now that I have shortened it some more, it look way too short! I am not sewing for other people for a very long time. The two dresses I did for the other girls took me double as long as the dresses for my girls, even though they are identical patterns. ~sigh~ It is a nice prospect for a bit of extra income for this mom of 7, but the stress is not worth it, since I am no trained seamstress.

What I am mostly afraid of it that they are not going to like it and will blame me.....
Chatter / Re: The Inequity of the Division of Chores in Retirement
« Last post by Celia on Today at 07:01:58 AM »
Jodie I know this is a little off topic but I do wish I could get the hang of doing a Calander for housework etc including time off, I never seem to be able to make it work that way I have tried but somehow I find it hard to sort out.
Chatter / Re: Marie Kondo Tidying (KonMari)
« Last post by Celia on Today at 06:57:06 AM »
Mud at I agree I could not manage without my shredder, I do have a lot of papers I can get rid of still, I did start in these but they just take soo long. 

Sylvia love the idea of telling the Accountant or the tax man I have been Kon Maried 😃

Ruthie it is good to know you feel the same about the book, i have to say I do love most of her ideas.

The decorating has stalled a bit yesterday I had to sort and find homes for the things that were in the cupboards I have got rid of, I had already done a lot but there was still a lot to sort, including some sewing things, I think I am going to have to do more sorting in this area soon even if it is out of order as it is one of the biggest problem areas, I do think it will be difficult though.
Making Bears, Dolls, Toys, etc / Re: Toys that shake
« Last post by Pina on Today at 06:37:23 AM »
The zapfish pictures look nice.  ;) 

Sometimes one can find old battery operated shaking/vibrating stuffed toys with an on/off switch at thrift stores.Then take the old toy apart and use the vibrating motor.The vibrating mini motor disc is too small.  How to make a "Modular Vibration Robot" video,3:09 minutes.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Travelling with a 6pac
« Last post by RuthieSews on Today at 06:16:02 AM »
what an interesting and varied capsule. I do find capsules are very handy for travelling.

This boxy linen top was cut out at the same time as the skirt panels. It is based on the Kirsten Kimono Tee with a slightly lengthened sleeve, reshaped neckline and slightly cropped hem. I cut it on the fold and all the hems are finished with the overlocker then turned and stitched.
It can be worn with the matching skirt as a dress look, or over trousers as a modern summer top.
Jumping on the bandwaggon, fabulous top Patti, love love love the darts - and bought the book  :)
Chatter / Re: The Inequity of the Division of Chores in Retirement
« Last post by jodiwell on Today at 04:30:18 AM »
I haven't read all of the responses yet so I hope this isn't a duplicate :)

I'm reminded of the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change 

It's easy for us to say that he should be this and should do that, but it doesn't always work that way. Change for him is ONLY going to happen if he's in the game and WANTS to. You know what he's like and you love him anyway. You've accepted that. You are a perfectionist. You've accepted that.

The courage to change the things I can

He doesn't care if things aren't done in a specific manner at a specific time. You do. Here is were the courage comes in. Being a perfectionist doesn't mean you have to be on top of everything all the time, does it? It means you have to live up to your self imposed standards. Rather than change your standards, set some ground rules you think both you and DH can live with (for instance, we have 4 bathrooms, but only use 2 so that's 2 less to deep clean), prioritize the work and schedule it (for example, an unused guest room is a low priority, you family room is high). Be sure you include your creative activities! You worked a demanding job for many years and I'm guessing you utilized these types skills to keep on top of things. It can work at home as well. (And remember, you have a LOT more time than you did while you were working. You made it work then. Think about how you managed that and pick the parts that worked then that could work now.)

I have always had a calendar with all the housework & ME TIME scheduled (ala Martha Stewart  ::), or FlyLady) and that has allowed me to keep things tidy and still have time for what I wanted to do (whether it was school activities, creative work, or spending time with friends and relatives). That said, I am not a perfectionist. I am okay with knowing that dust bunnies are growing under the bed because I know I will get them on Friday if that's what the schedule says.

I hope this helps, Kathryn.

Chatter / Re: A shameless call for sympathy
« Last post by Elephun on Today at 04:26:11 AM »
hugs to you
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Sewing Workshop Patterns 5
« Last post by Sewshopper on Today at 04:18:50 AM »
I, on the other hand, was really annoyed by the feel of the elastic, so I added enough length to the top to cover the elastic.  I serge the elastic to the edge of the fabric, turn and then stitch in the ditch through the elastic down the darts.  It's worked for me, I really like the fit and pattern.

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