Thursday, November 21, 2013

wishful Wednesday, the belated edition...


It might already be Thursday, but a late night chat online with my pal Gwen had our plucky heroine wondering if maybe a different sort of sewing would be more useful that a whole passel of new clothes - what about adding wintertime lingerie into the mixture? Oh to be certain, the raincoat project will be continuing no matter what; there is too much learning new things involved in that one, which is always a fun challenge, and the eventual coat will fill a long vacant spot in the wardrobe! But maybe it is just that with temps set to barely get up to 40F today, this morning somehow the idea of warm underthings seems more appealing than lightweight dresses...

I am thinking that some leggings/loose pants (maybe made in lightweight polartec), and slightly cropped (rather than full length = wet bedraggled legs when it rains) and a few slips, which could combine a thin warm camisole top with a heavier attached petticoat skirt, maybe a layer of flannel and a layer of silk? Last night whilst drifting off to sleep underneath all the blankets in the house, I cogitated on a sort of modern partlet, a shoulder capelet that would keep my core warm and my neck cozy, while still allowing great freedom of arms and hands. Making that would be a great way to work out some of the bugs from my idea of a (Goretex) shoulder cape for my raincoat...
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Algebra SWAP 2014 = 3X + 2☆
X = 2t + b = t + T + B = t + d + b
t=top, b= bottom, T=overlayer, d=dress, ☆=wildcard

Hmmm how would that look recast as warm underlayers? I mean, other than that the sewing would be a lot faster than a bunch of new pinafores and dresses... could do two sets of underlayers, one set of new daywear, and it would all still look like a collection that belonged together...
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The sudden cold snap brought frost to the yard, and had me rethinking my hope to get to December before turning on the heat. Managed to resist the temptation, and instead took the "decorative" black beans from the display cupboard (they are used as a background for enamel photography) and filled another small flannel bag. Combined with the flax bag and heated in the microwave, they take the chill off the bedclothes really well, and another zap right before bedtime means cozy feet and shoulders. Shall think about getting some more flax seeds, as beans are just a tad lumpy, but warmth trumps all... At least it is warmer than Idaho, where the wind would literally howl through the cracks in the wall.

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