Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Really Slow Fashion

Like many makers, I'm trying to sew/knit many of my own clothes to get away from today's fast fashion world of cheaply made, throw away clothing.  But it takes time. A lot of time. And getting things to fit is somewhere between an art and a science.

And sometimes things just don't work out.  I tried to make a dress using a pattern similar to a ready to wear dress I wear frequently (Pattern).  I actually made two muslins to test the fit before cutting the dress out of the fashion fabric (that's a whole nother subject).  But it didn't help.  The chosen fabric was just too stretchy and the weight of all that fabric stretched the armholes half way to my waist.  There was nothing to do but cut it up and find a more suitable use for the fabric.  The rest was wadded up and thrown into the trash.  The technical term for such a project is a "wadder. "

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Long Month

It's been a long month since I last posted. My mother passed away and we're just now getting into a "new normal" rhythm.  Our community garden plot continued on, flowers and weeds wait for no one.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Flowers or Weeds

We like to plant flowers in our community garden plot.  They add color to an otherwise mostly green plot.  And they are beautiful to look at while weeding on a hot humid summer day.

This year we decided to do something different and got a package of mixed seeds - Fairy Meadow from Botanical Interests. Not thinking things through,  we didn't realize how difficult it'd be to tell the flowers from the weeds.....so I'm sure we've weeded out a bunch of flowers and that we're now cultivating and watering a bunch of flowering weeds.  Oh well.

As the flowers are blooming we're trying to identify them using the list on the package.....some are easy,  others not so much so.