So, today I am wearing:
- My new A-line skirt in lime and turquoise. I checked my new drafted pattern against the old one and adjusted the length. I still need to fix the hem at the side seams but this is a much better fit.
- New aqua top from Katies.
My clothes are slightly crumpled as it is AFL Grand Final Day. On Grand Final Day MrsDrWho and I usually have brunch and go shopping in town because most other people are at home watching the football. Today MrsDrWho's niece came, she's here on school holidays, and we shopped for lots of new clothes for The Niece. I am quite exhausted now!! MrsDrWho did direct me towards the chair in the shops we visited, but I am quite tired.
So there we are, Self Stitched September 2011 is over. I am not particularly fashionable, or equipped with a very self stitched wardrobe, but in spite of this I have added to my Summer and Spring wardrobe and experimented with some new techniques. I have not posted a photo every day, but I did manage 19 out of the 30 days, so I am pleased with that.
I sewed a few new things:
- 1 dress
- 2 new tops
- 3 new skirts
- 'lounging' pants and
- fixed a cardigan so I could wear it
Eight new things, 7 of which I can wear outside the house!!! I didn't finish my Rooibos dress, or another Sorbetto dress.
I really enjoyed experimenting , very successfully, with dyeing fabric this time. I will definitely do that again. Re-fashioning purchased t-shirts to make a new top was great too. I wore more necklaces, which is something I wanted to do.
I think, now, I would like to aim for a more organised wardrobe for the warm and cold months. Lots of people are participating in the Colette Fall Challenge (Autumn) where they choose a palette of colours and think about what items of clothing they will make. I might try that, though it would all be greens, I think seeing exactly what I have would help me plan what I need, eg, a pair of limey green shoes!!
On the home front, the Dog Car has had a slight conniption. There's been a small rattly sound for the last week or so when I turned the engine on, but then it went away. Yesterday, it didn't. It rattled all the way to the dam. I rang to make an appointment for my car to be checked out, but Auntie Dutch said that Uncle Dutch could deploy his car mechanic skills for me. I expected it would be something terribly expensive, but I used my new skills learned form the psychologist and realised that I had my new car. I could buy the special seats or cover and then use the money I saved on registration and insurance to have the new car cleaned three or four times a year to keep it nice.
In the end, Uncle Dutch found that the water pump was broken. It is a cheap component, but so difficult to remove that the labour could be $600 or more. So the car is slightly un-assembled, the tyre has to come off to allow access and then a new water pump installed. How lucky am I to have such good friends??
This morning we walked to the shop and they waited for me outside. Being inordinately cute!!!
I have read all ten of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice books, and enjoyed them immensely. Yesterday I spotted The Lost Stories, a welcome surprise, a book of short tales that fill in some of the missing story before, between and after the books. I ended up sitting in bed this morning crying and crying as I read the last two stories. No-one dies, but there was a poignant tale and then the final story of Will and his friends. I think these are such fabulous books, both the male and female characters are strong and well rounded. I am now looking forward to his new series, Brotherband.
Peri and Gilly have just come inside, full of excitement, they have been down at the fence participating vicariously in the party next door. It's a Dogs' Life!!!