The Marine arrived Friday night and today both sons are out getting some "bro time" in on the golf course, so I've been in the sewing room sewing up a muslin for Simplicty 2896, View B (the short jacket w/o puffy sleeves).
I cut the pattern tissue as an 18 at the neck/chest, blending to a 22 from the bottom of the armhole downward, and used the 22 sleeve. Here's the result:
Not too bad. I will need to do about a 3/4" FBA, and enlarge the sleeve bicep a little because it feels snug with my tee underneath. I'll rotate the resulting bust dart into the gathers at the yoke (which were just loosely pleated in the muslin so don't judge the sewing there too closely). I also need to narrow the shoulders about 3/8" and probably should've started with the 16 instead of the 18.
I've obviously forgotten how to sew for myself since I had a brain fade and forgot to make my usual square shoulder adjustment before cutting the tissue. Luckily I remembered before sewing the shoulder seam and I just made the adjustment during construction. I'll fix the tissue while I'm doing the other alterations but it would've been nice if I had just remembered before I cut. Ahh. Too many things on my mind these days.
I'm undecided on the length. I think I want it short like this, but I will probably add an extra couple of inches for insurance. My main plan is to wear it with the graduation dress from last year. With pants, I'd want it longer but I don't think I'd be wearing it with pants. At some point, I'll have to cut bait and fish and make a decision.
You can sorta see my new haircut in this pic. It's not a new style. Just back to the usual. It was past my shoulders before I got it cut, which is WAY too long for me both in looks and care. It flips up on its own so this is a very low-maintenance cut/style. I've learned that I can't fight my hair in the summer humidity so it's best to just go with it.
The shoes from last post were from Zappos, here.
Tyler leaves tomorrow morning, so I'll be taking him to the airport bright and early. After that, it's back to the job hunt. I haven't actually applied anywhere yet. I was getting my resume and self in order first, because of course I'll be getting dozens of calls wanting me to come in IMMEDIATELY, right? Hahaha! Yeah, I crack myself up.
Continued heartfelt thanks for all the nice comments and notes that have continued to arrive. I should have life disasters more often. There are a LOT of lurkers out there that I'm glad to finally "meet."
Oh, here's a warped fact about me this week: I've been watching "Say Yes To The Dress" like an obsessed fool. What's up with THAT? It doesn't make me sad or wistful or anything bad like that, and I definitely do NOT want one of those dresses anytime in my future, but still I can't help watching all those young brides try on $10,000 wedding dresses. But it's better than all the cooking shows that just make me raid the kitchen, right?