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!

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