While unemployed, job-hunting, and changing my overall lifestyle, I've been trying to make it a point to go *somewhere* every day. Even if it's just a very small errand. Yes, this burns a little extra gas but it forces me to get dressed for going out instead of giving in to the temptation to stay in my PJs until dinnertime, which in turn makes me feel better about stuff in general. (Of course, with all the new clothes I'm making and the old ones I'm fitting into, my laundry has doubled but that's another story!).
Monday's outing was Joann's. You're thinking, uh-oh, right? Well, you wouldn't be wrong. It was a good day for the sewing room, since my Fabric.com UPS delivery was waiting for me upon my return.
Here's everything all together:
The coveted McCall's pattern, for which I was too impatient to wait for a sale. But sometimes you just have to feed the soul and not quibble over a few bucks. This dress has the weirdest front pattern piece I've ever seen. I'll show it to you as soon as I start working on it, which will be in the next day or so.
Next, thread — which was my "excuse" for going to J's in the first place since I was out of some of my basic colors. I pile up the empties and take them with me to replace, which is why you see empty spools in this pic. (Yes, I should just make a list, but this works for me so it's what I do.) I also bought buttons. More on that project in a second but I noticed today that Joann's button walls seem to have improved. There are a lot more choices and prettier buttons than there used to be. It's about time.
This is what the buttons are for. Ignore the plaid; it's for "winter" so will be stashed for a while but it caught my eye so I had to get it, and I don't usually wear plaid so I have no idea what's up with that. Underneath the plaid is a dark taupe poly suiting, which was 50% off today and so I got it for less than $4/yd. I'm going to make a suit and here's my reasoning — as soon as I start on this very interview-appropriate suit, I will find a job. You know, Murphy's Law and all. (Hey, it happened last time I made an office wardrobe!) Plus, I need a more complicated (slow!) project or my closet is going to explode from my recent output. The Simplicity pattern is for the jacket. I already had it from the last trip to Joann's during the $1 Simplicity sale. I'll decide on a skirt pattern after the jacket is done. I may even use this Simplicity for that too since I think my TNT is going to be too big.
Jane, I blame you for this book. ;-) Seeing it on your blog over the weekend planted the seed and then your comment about the convenience of all of the flowers in one place did me in. With a 50% off coupon, it was $7 of eye candy I couldn't pass up.
The Fabric.com haul. The prints are headed for the washer. The solids will be stacked in the closet for a minute. This white solid replaces the one I just returned as the first one was much too gray of a white for me; I wanted bright white. Thankfully, this one is so it will become a simple shell very soon.
Finally, the orange ITY knit against the orange in the latest dress fabric. Perfect match. So that's what I'm off to work on now since I'm really writing this Monday evening even though you're reading it Tuesday. I told you, patience is not something I'm known for. ;-)