By us everything was as usual, because in Israel Mother's Day is celebrated in February (and has recently been re-named Family Day. Don't mothers deserve a day of their own?). I did try to make it a little special by buying my mom a book, and before Chanoch went to bed we watched Annie together. I remember watching it with my parents when I was around his age, and the movie's charm still holds 20+ years later...
Talking about the eighties, I finished cutting McCall's 5473, and dubbed it the Power Skirt. Remember those days, when every noun had a "power" to enhance it? Power Walks, Power Talks, Power Couples, Power Lunches, Power Suits... So why not a Power Skirt? The PS is made from a scrumptious wool-silk blend (with some stretch, apparently), that I bought months ago. It's from a seller who gets fabric remnants from Italian mills, and so I got 2.50 meters for 55 ILS, which is about 10 dollars. Now I only need to sew it, and I'm debating whether to make a half lining.
Today was also the first day of Kids Clothes Week, in which I'll be dedicating at least an hour a day for sewing clothes for Chanoch (and maybe my sisters, they are still considered kids!). Check out the button at the sidebar for more information. I started by tracing patterns for a vest and shorts from the 3/2009 issue of Ottobre Magazine. I planned to sew them 2 months ago, for Passover, but I never got to it. Isn't the boy in the magazine cute? I called this outfit The Macaron because that's what he's holding in the picture and that's what I want to eat now...
Good night, friends. Please check back tomorrow for a post on weight and fit (and an update on the Oprah Dress) and our regular Monday Morning Coffee.
After giving up sewing on Friday in order to go to the marble store, I was sure today will be the day I finally finish altering 2 skirt, make a blue knit skirt and another navy stretch skirt from the Vogue pattern I've been wanting to try since seeing Gertie's take on it, get started on the Rooibos muslin and take pictures of the duo-chromatic panel knit sheath I've been so disappointed with (and oddly getting a zillion compliments on it.)
But then I woke up late and was too lazy to take Chanoch to school and had to go to our future apartment to meet with the marble guy and the painter. Chanoch tagged along, of course, and was so happy with his room! I was thrilled to see that, because he hasn't been there since the really early stages of construction and then he cried he doesn't want to move there. So that was progress, definitely. Afterwards we went home to discover M (my spouse) has got a brutal stomach virus, so I had to keep Chanoch busy and quiet for the rest of the day. No sewing for me today :(
Two things brightened my day, though:
One- I got the cutlery earrings I bought from the lovely Sharona just 2 days ago! That was quick. I love them, and can't wait to wear them to our next Friday night dinner with my parents (a-la Lorelei Gilmore). I wonder how shocked they will be... Check out her blog and her other cool store, where she sells one-of-a-kind Muppets, called Flutterbutts.
Second- I realized how fun it is to have a playground literally across the street. We went there after the meetings in the apartment and Chanoch had the time of his life. Usually I loathe this kind of parks, but I guess when it's 2 steps from home it's less painful. Thankfully, we have double windows, so we won't hear the noise when we're at home.
We still have to go to a wedding tonight, but I don't know if M will be up to it, and since it's his family I won't go alone. I need a good night's sleep so badly. Anyway, tomorrow it's back to school for Chanoch, so I hope there will be much more sewing going on.
Have a great week!
Ah, who doesn't like a ridiculous alliteration now and then? I sure do, and so I'll go on to belatedly-brag about the costume I sewed for little C (aka Chanoch, aka my 3 years old son) for Purim. Purim, for whomever of you not familiar with the holiday, is a Jewish holiday celebrated by wearing costumes, giving charity and exchanging gifts, which should contain at least 2 kinds of food.
I usually try to keep C's costume as simple and as close to everyday clothes as I can, because otherwise it's too itchy and too difficult to get out in order to go to the bathroom. This year the weather was also exceptionally warm, so I decided to keep it light. I followed Burda World of Fashion 1/2010 (styles 143 and 147) to sew a vest and pants fit for a cowboy. The shirt was RTW. I made the costume in linen, as suggested by BWOF, and I turned to regret it. The linen was indeed very comfortable, nice to touch and pretty (I happen to love linen), but it also shrinked when I ironed it and was very wrinkly. All of that is to be expected from linen, so maybe that wasn't the perfect garment to use it. Anyway, this is my Project That Taught Me To Always Pre-Wash Fabric (don't we all have one??)
Happy spring-y week, everybody!
Chanoch was extremely happy with the costume, especially with the faux-leather star attached to the vest and with horse appliqué on the front of the pants. And I was happy he's not wearing a scratchy, warm, ill-fitting and badly sewn polyester confection.
In other news, today was Memorial day in Israel and tomorrow is Independence Day here, so I hurried to the local garment district before the stores closed and I found quite a lot beautiful fabrics. In one store, two young designers actually thought I was a pro and asked me for advice on sewing knits. I actually managed to help them (I corrected their mistake first, of course) and we all exchanged business cards. I also almost finished my color-blocked, paneled jersey dress. It's just a muslin to test the pattern I drafted, and it doesn't look bad, but yet I'm disappointed with it. I think I need to make the side panels wider. I'll try to take photos tomorrow, so it would be clearer.