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I put on some weight in the past year and I desperately need clothes that fit but I want them cheap as I am attempting to get back in shape.  I made a pair of pants today from a brown fabric, not really sure what it is. It looks like a corduroy with a wide wail.  It was on the clearance shelf at JoAnns for like $3/per yard so the fabric fit the bill. I used Simplicity 2372. I bought the pattern because I likes the style of the shirt and dress but I made the pants first out of need. They were very easy to make. I always seem to get a good fit with Simplicity also.  I cut the 18 which is the size I currently wear and they fit well.  The only thing I do not like is it uses 1/2″ wide elastic.    It seems very narrow to me.  But they went together quickly and will make a great wardrobe for me.  I am thinking of making a dress from this pattern again.

I know three people who are having or have had babies/grandbabies in a two week time period. I may work on a few baby bibs next and then some birthday gifts for my sisters and niece.

I am going to try to focus on my health this week. I plan on making it to the gym 3 times!  Have a great Monday!

I almost finished my skirt. I attached the lining to the skirt, sewed the casing and put in the elastic…then I tried it on!!!  It is a little tight… Not really wearable right now.  But that gives me a goal as 10 lbs should do it so I am motivated since I really love the skirt. I did not hem it yet as I will do this when I can fit into it. I always need something as a reward and finishing the skirt will be my reward for focusing on better eating and exercise habits.  I will post a pictured when I have it complete.

I was cleaning up my sewing and craft room today. Well, my soon to be sewing and craft room. It is the room in the house that gets everything that has nowhere else to go. Since I have started sewing more, my Mom is giving me an old sewing table she has so I am trying to organize it. Anyway, I have had this couch slip cover taking up tons of space in the room for so long. I contemplated throwing it out.  But it is tan duck cloth/canvas. Very sturdy. I had used a small part of it to make a hat for a scarcrow costume last year but there is still most of it left.  Then a thought occurred to me. I can use it to recover the seats of my kitchen chairs.

I have had these chairs for about 14 years and my sister had them before that, so they have not been recovered for probably 20 years. And they desparately need it. I do not want to spend a ton of money when I know I can do it myself. Also, fabric is so expensive.

So I spent a while this afternoon using my seam ripper to remove the ruffle and the elastic (with the help of my cat Addie) and I took it apart. There is plenty of fabric to cover my chairs.  I want to see if I can dye the fabric or add some bling for some color so this will be a project for the fall. 

Here is a picture of Addie’s approval of the fabric:

As you can see, I was also able to save yards of elastic that is still in really good shape.  Now, I just have to decide the color for the fabric!!! Too fun!

I had a great, productive weekend!

My mother bought me this pattern about a year and a half ago and I finally cut it out last week. Simplicity 4138. Here is the link to pattern reveiw: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=15023.

When I bought the fabric  last year, I did not know which view I was going to make so I bought enough fabric to include a flounce or ruffle. Well, I decided on view F which is the plain middle length view.  It called for 2 yards of fabric and since it was sheer, I bought two yards of lining fabric also.  I began to get frustrated when I could not get all the pieces I needed out of the lining fabric.  It just did not make sense!  I must have looked at those pattern pieces for 20 minutes trying to figure it out.  So I preceded to sew the skirt and stopped and bought more lining fabric on the way home from work yesterday.

So today I cut out the two remaining pieces and as I am marking the fabric before I removed the pattern pieces, I realized that I was cutting view H (the longest view) all along!  No wonder I did not have enough lining fabric.  Duh!!! I amazes me that I got that far along in the process and just realized that I cut the longer length.

This is not a problem as the fabric is yellow with browns and rust and will look good in the fall with a jacket and boots.  It will work for the remaining of summer with sandels and a tank. I have to finish the waistline and hem it so I should have it done in a few days.

This is a very easy pattern by the way. At least the plain version is.  I have only done very basic sewing and since this was sheer, I used French seams for the first time. I really like them. I think that next spring Iwill make view C with the ruffles.

On another note, I made it to the gym today.  My goal is three times this week.  I hope everyone has a great Wednesday tomorrow and have fun in everything you do!

I don’t know if I have mentioned in previous blogs that I am working to balance good eating habits and exercise.  At 41, I really need to take control of my health.  This is part of my try it again…I always seem to be trying to lose weight, trying to improve my exercise.  I joined a challenge group to do Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred. We are on day 14 and I have done it every day but 3. I moved up to level 2 today to give myself more of a challenge.  Here is a link to the website if you are interested   http://www.celebrateweightloss.com/

I am so grateful for the internet that provides us with so much information and support on so many topics.   It has certainly helped me stay motivated and accountable. 

My boyfriend sold a house he owned in Columbus. I will not go into the entire long story leading up the sale of the house but it sold after being on the market for only 6 weeks.  We are so happy.  Closing date is the last Friday in May and then we are out from under it.  We will be free of a lot of burdens.   I think this year we can enjoy our summer. 

I will get up early tomorrow and exercise and then begin my week toward health and wellness.

I am really learning to appreciate life every day.