Tuesday, July 15, 2008

One down,all the rest to go...

The blouse is completed, all flaws previously disclosed notwithstanding. I am not totally unhappy with it and am ready to go on to the "good" version. I've purchased a really pretty silk brocade, white with blue, almost violet stripes, accented with navy. I think it's an upholstery fabric and it will need to be laundered several times before I cut into it. High hopes!

On a more personal note, I felt totally satisfied while sewing "the blouse". It was like I had come home. The process, more than the product, satisfied me. This happenes when I get time off from the job. That is long over. I am back and time for anything other is limited, as evidenced by the lack of posting and stitching progress.

This makes me very sad. Working 12 hours a day is not healthy, but I did, I fully remember doing so, tell the crew that there would be no summer of 2008. It is coming to pass and like it or not, that is that. So what to do? Plan those discreet moments where the soul can be refreshed with something other than numbers and endless streams of data.

What I didn't say in my profile is that I am what I refer to in my more crass moments as a "Data WXXXE" . I love numbers. Data. Facts and formulas. All things connected with project management, forecasting, actuals, estimates... I'm getting all chilly here! Stitching makes everything move to the background. It brings reason to facts that won't add up. And in the industry that I have grown up in that is struggling mightily right now, it is a necessary calm that I have to make time for. I'm unsure as how to get there from here.

This is the assignment for this week. Wish me only luck.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

50 is the new 30

But of course we all know that that rumor was started by a 50 year old, right? Today I am 50. What a strange thing to see in print. I am not, in my mind, any different than the woman who who played with her two preschool children. It's undeniable, though. I am 50. I am more cynical while being more hopeful than I 've trusted myself to be in years. I tire more easily and am counting the days (8 years and 29 days) until I can retire. I am preparing to lose my darling daughter to arms of world as she readies herself for college. I see it all moving at warp speed right before these aging eyes. It revolves around me, but I am not moving within it. I remain ageless. Ummm, not so much. I check the mirror and confirm the wrinkles and grey hair are actually there.

I spent the day working on "the blouse". Yesterday was devoted to all of the pattern alterations for the infamous "full bust". After trying it out on the dress form, I not only did the FBA but added an additional side dart. I'm working with a stripe, and an unbalanced stripe at that, so it is creating some interesting geometry.

After basting at the shoulders and side seams, I removed over 2 inches from the back, which was also altered per the FBA instructions. I may have been to agressive... 1 inch might have been a better choice as she is binding a bit on the form in the back. Collar is on, all darting and side seaming complete, one front facing stitched in. All that is left is the RF facing and sleeves, then the quick machine hem. And buttonholes. I will save them for the VERY last! Picture tomorrow with any luck!