Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday musings

in which our plucky heroine observes that the weather beads are coming along nicely:

A vintage "Lily Pom and Tuft Maker" multiple pom pom maker (like this one) showed up for for sale online... I'd been eyeing the design, trying to suss out how to DIY my own version. My intention is to create a version of this designer scarf, but as a cowl, similar to my black linen gauze pom pom cowl. Since I cannot find pom pom trim in interesting subtle multicolors, I thought that DIY yarn pom poms would be a good alternative, but the idea of making that many individual ones one at a time seemed rather insane unappealing. The wooden gizmo should arrive sometime around the beginning of February, and I can give it a try then...

Today I braved the pool for first time this year, rode my bike through the misty morning, and was gratified to find that the water temperature was not a cold as before the pool closed for their winter break and yearly cleaning. No more blue fingers, and while it was not delightfully warm, I will be content with tepid, as resuming my water exercises will do me nothing but good!

It is really fun to chat with my pal Marya about SWAP ideas, both for modern clothing and for SCA clothes. I wish I had thought to take a photo of the new skirt she showed up in on Sunday, as it was similar to Shams "tablecloth skirt" and looked spectacular on her. We were cogitating on a particular SCA project, that involved some lovely plaid wool, in brown and blue and black, that I previously decided looked too "Catholic schoolgirl uniform" to become a modern pinafore. Marya exclaimed at how well it coordinated with my current Alabama Chanin project, which was also sitting on the table, and encouraged me to think about adding it to my SWAP fabrics.

I know I keep switching up my ideas for what to sew, and while initially resistant, upon further thought I realised that if I went ahead and used the tablecloth skirt for the lower half of a pinafore, and my other TNT pinafore top, the empire waist with the spaghetti straps, my resulting pinafore would make good use of the plaid to take advantage of the fun structure of the skirt, and would, in fact, look nothing at all like a school uniform. Adding in a plaid fabric, and as a pinafore, means that I need to now restructure and rebalance my SWAP, lest I end up with far too many pinafores, and not enough tops or dresses to wear with them!

The rules call for two neutral colours, 3 garments from each colorway...
1. corduroy pinafore - I have enough of the extra-fine-wale corduroy in a medium brown to make another brown pinafore, since I love and enjoy the brushed twill one, and the black/brown shot linen one I already have. Adding brown into my wardrobe has turned out to work really well for the colder season, it coordinates flawlessly with my beloved indigo and black, and looks just fine with grey
2. linen top -
3. knit top - Teagarden T
4. dark denim pinafore - (already made, from SWAP 2017)
5. popover dress - This easy pattern works both as a layer underneath a pinafore, and as a dress on its own. I am thinking about embellishing the medium indigo rayonfabric with a bit of block-printed decoration...
6. linen top -

... 2 accent colors and one print, one garment in each of these: black, plaid and a print -
7. black corduroy pinafore - this is already cut out, the fabric is a strange irregular ribbed corduroy, so will be unlike the other black pinafores I already have.
8. blue/brown/black plaid wool pinafore -
9. print cotton blouse - might use the midcentury blue floral fabric. or might use the Heather Ross horses print in brown multicolor on light blue... either or both would be very useful and make me very happy

...and finally 2 more additional garments in any or all of the colors already chosen
10. black DWR rain poncho - time to finish this project: bind the edges and add a neckline cowl. I have been running around for too long with a piece of fabric with a hole cut in the middle! True, assorted people have complimented me on how it looks, but I think that finished edges would be more my style!
11. Alabama Chanin style cotton jersey cardigan - I have wanted to make this for a long time, and have already cut the stencils earlier this year. My design is based on this Gudrun Sjoden cardigan, but mine will be more cropped, so as to look well worn over a pinafore dress. I have enough cotton jersey in both brown and indigo/navy, so my thought is: brown top layer, blue bottom layer, black stenciling, grey stitching... that will be a bridge garment and will look well with pretty much all of my cool and cold weather clothing

January SMART goals (x=extra)
1 A/C cardigan back worm bin beddingbad corduroy
2 12 jars canned pears restring amber Laurel-
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Today I am grateful for my local city pool, which is close enough for me to ride my bike there, is in a covered building which means that it is usable all year long, and which has scholarships for low income city residents which mean that I can afford to go there and use the facility.

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