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The fly gave me the flu!

“Memories are stitched with love.”

Getting sick can seriously ruin your plans.

Right before I began my rapid descent into a bedridden abyss, I was working rather diligently with my “delightful wool blend” to create the perfect slacks. Then I caught the dreadful flu! It’s been a rocky ride to say the least. At times, I could barely see the light at the end of the tunnel. But very slowly I’m starting to become more lucid.

Although I am in no condition to sew I can certainly tell you all about my adventures.
In fact this will no doubt be the best explanation that I have ever given about any of my projects because, after all, I have nothing better to do then lay here and type.

Simplicity 2562

…is a pattern designed to give you a perfect fit and that is exactly what I was looking for. As I mentioned in my last post, this pattern had been sitting in my stash for some time and this beautiful fabric inspired me to jump in and try it. I have never really made structured slacks before and was rather excited to give this project a go. I am short and I have a curvy rear, shopping for pants or jeans can be a nightmare!

I took a couple of inches off the length as I was cutting the pattern because I really want that “amazing fit” that this pattern promises. Other than that I made no significant alterations to the pattern itself.

I was doing pretty well with the instructions. The pictures were very helpful for those times when I would get confused as to what the instruction actually meant. I had to fiddle a little with the Front yoke, Front yoke and pocket and the Pocket facing which could get confusing, but I was doing pretty well. I was impressed with the way the pockets were turning out.

This may not be a big deal to some but to me this was a real morale boost. Then I got to the fly. I don’t know what I did wrong but I do know it shouldn’t look like this…

What did I do wrong? I took it out and put it back in and still it looks like this….

I tried every thing that I could possibly think of. In fact I went and got a pair of store bought slacks to compare and still I was lost! I spent hours agonizing over this one thing. And it was exactly at this point that I got sick.

I blame the fly for giving me the flu… the mind-boggling thing weakened my immune system…

~Till Next time


Delightful Wool Blend!

“Warning: this vehicle stops at all fabric shops.”

As you know, I have reorganized and redesigned my sewing workspace and I love it!! It is sooo inspiring and may get me into trouble!

I went out last week and, although it wasn’t my intention, I ended up near the fabric store. So, naturally, I went in. While browsing I came across this pretty little number.

Can you see it? It’s a lovely grey wool blend. I was so excited to try Simplicity 2562.

Due to nothing more than fear, that pattern has been sitting in my stash for a year! Often I would take it out and examine it but quickly put it back. But this time I was unafraid to tackle those gorgeous pants. After all, I had a great workspace, a big new sewing table, and categorized notions! Everything was possible!

When I got to the cutting table the sales man wouldn’t cut my fabric because it had no sales tag on it!!! Although he was very nice as he explained the store policy I felt like he was a 3-headed monster! How dare he keep my beautiful grey wool delight from me! The audacity! Why couldn’t he just put a price tag on it?

My spirit sank and I was about to walk away when the store manager turned the corner. I seized the opportunity and ask him about the fabric. Apparently the manager was in a big rush, he didn’t even look at the fabric and told the salesman to give it to me at $1 a yard!!!! $1 a yard!!! I only needed about 2 1/2 yards for my pants but at $1 a yard I brought 5 yards. Hehehe!!!

Although this story could have ended with the moral being self control and how I should have stayed away from the unplanned and unbudgeted fabric trip…the actual moral of they story is… always keep your eyes open for a good bargain!!! ☺