Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Patience Never Was One of My Virtues

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. ;-)


  1. Good idea to make more suits. When I graduated from college I made exactly one interview suit. Which meant I was unprepared for that second interview. Being older and wiser, you'll be better prepared.

  2. I have that suit pattern but haven't used it yet. I'll be very interested in your thoughts on it.

  3. Right Sherril and Debbie, good idea to make suits. When the student is ready, the master appears--something like that, right? I just turned in a major job application today myself, fellow jobseeker ;)
    What fun to have a closet with tons of new clothes to wear! Plus a lovely new figure to enjoy them in. Good on you.
    I love those sewing books, I would down a forest if I had access to them nearby. Good thing, eh? LOL

  4. Getting dressed and ready to go out every day is a very good idea. So many changes in your life going on, but you're working to keep yourself centered and not just sitting around in desperation. Have a great time with your new fabrics!

  5. I think your idea of making the suit is a good one. I like all your fabric purchases.

  6. Patience, not one of my virtues either. Happy to see you picked up your pattern - even if it was on sale! Suits, not one of my favorite things to make anymore, but looking forward to seeing yours. Sending good vibes your way on finding that perfect job!

  7. that was supposed to read, "even if it WASN'T on sale." fumble fingers this a.m.

  8. What a great haul of fabric. Nothing makes you feel better than a nice box of fabric. Right ha ha we all love our fabric. Good luck with the suit. You look great congrats on the weight loss.

  9. I bring my empty spools with me too! Can't wait to see what you do with the orange fabric (my favorite color!)

  10. LOVE Simplicity 2452!!

  11. I keep stopping myself from buying more fabric. I need to use what I have. Love your colors!

  12. I made a dress from the pinky/coral knit you have, I just love it!
    ~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  13. Hey, I really like your thinking about making interview clothes! I'll do that (as soon as I unearth the sewing room). I'll be unemployed tomorrow!

    Looking forward to seeing that McCalls dress.


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