Thursday, January 29, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Just about any item has a price threshold of acceptability for me (although I often don’t know what that specific price is until faced with a price tag and have a gut reaction). Somehow an extra dollar or even ten cents can make an item no longer desirable for me, yet sometimes I’ll just need something and will buy it regardless of the price.
For example, the other week I went to the no-frills supermarket and they didn’t have the milk I always get in the size I always get, so I didn’t get any milk. A few days later I went to the nearby “regular” supermarket that’s more expensive and bought my milk for 25% more. Granted, fifty cents isn’t a great amount, but because I know the price difference exists, it irks me. I don’t like feeling like I’m getting a poor deal but sometimes it’s a trade-off.
The much busier no-frills supermarket is worth going to when buying many items, but not really worth going to when buying one or two items—it just takes so much more time and energy to drive to, shop in and check out. So I went to the nearby supermarket and paid a little more so I could save a little time. And it was worth it... sort of. [Pause.] What do I want more of, time or money? Ideally, both.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Last year I did a Word of the Day exercise that lasted 100 continuous days. This year I think I'll just occasionally draw quotes that I like. No minimum number of drawings, just whenever I feel like doing it, I'll do it. I think it'll be a fun exercise.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
A while back I got this very simple top pattern from 1991 at a thrift shop. It looks like a loose T-shirt (except not made with jersey). Looking at the drawings of the shirt, I knew it was going to be voluminous and ill-fitting (since much from that time period seemed to be over-sized). However, since it had kimono sleeves, I thought it would be an easy pattern to alter.
The shirt looked too long and too wide; I decided to trace the uncut pattern onto Swedish tracing paper so I could alter it. I traced the pattern as-is and made marks to indicate how much I wanted to shorten it. That was the only change I made before cutting out my fabric. I knew it was going to be too wide on me, but it was hard for me to visualize by how much so I left the shirt with its original width.
I sewed the front and back pieces together, sewed the neckline and then sewed the sides together—and the shirt was way too big. Not truly shocking. The length was okay, but the width was huge on me. So I sewed in each side by a couple of inches, and cut off about four inches off the length of the sleeves. I’ll admit, I wasn’t quite as precise as I could have been (as I sadly realized as I hemmed the sleeves that one sleeve’s circumference was about an inch less than the other’s). [Sigh.] However, the overall fit was better than it had been before.
This purple shirt is not perfect, although I don’t think it’s horribly noticeable. I like the color and I think it’ll be good for warmer weather. It’s an easy shirt and didn’t take long to make—two afternoons (since I’m not a fast sewer and was fixing things as I went along).
About a week later, I decided to sew this shirt again with a blue and white patterned fabric. I used my altered Swedish tracing paper pattern of the shirt, and this time it took a lot less time to sew. This may become a pattern I sew often because it’s just so easy and quick to do.