I have taken care of the kids most of the week, plus two drop-ins from next door. It has been a fun and funny week and one that reminded me of the realities of being a mother of young children. More on that later. My daughter says these guys are ready to go back to school and I thought this was hard hearted, childhood being short etc., by I am here to report she might be right.
By the time I sent them all off every evening I was in sore need of some therapeutic sewing to gather my forces for the next day but not up to say starting a winter tailoring project or drafting a bodice.
I needed to just fool around at my machine with small pieces of fabric and limited ambition.
So I decided to do some practical sewing and to revisit a few patterns.
One of those patterns was this one from Jalie 2568 for underwear:
The underpants have two leg openings higher cut and what Jalie calls hipster, (although in French these are called culottesde garçonne, literally a female version of boy's underwear - what you might be familiar with as boy cut).
After making all versions I have settled on the front of the higher cut, because I don't like anything tight at the top of my leg and the back from the hipster/boy cut for coverage - and the higher waist too.
With all this experimenting I grabbed a very stretchy rayon knit I had picked up at some point in a tie dye, thinking the kids might like a T shirt at some point, and the next thing you know I have four pairs of comfortable tie dye underpants. To finish both the top and the legs I just stitched on some stretch lace because it was light. Past experience with the turned and stitched elastic edges on underpants is that it can be a bit stiff and too tight around the leg.
Now that's about all anyone can say about this project, except that I had fun making these and will be making more, although maybe not tie dye.
Now onto a few flypaper thoughts that sum up the week:
- Took the bunch of them fabric shopping.
- I guess every zipper needed touching
- High point was Miss Scarlett
- Who as we were leaving she turned and announced to the store in general
- "I will be back when I am older and have my own money!"
- Other high points
- Discovering without any doubt whatsoever
- That a jar of quinoa will expand when dumped down a bathroom sink drain
- My husband says not to worry
- Probably if we take off the vanity, break the wall, and the open up the ceramic ceiling of the bathroom below
- There will be no need to get into the pipes that come into the house in the front yard
- That's good news
- Not really an enormous fan of quinoa anyway
- Not her fault
- Heidi was just in there trying to dye it blue
- Of course
- Nothing surprises a grandmother who is herself wearing tie dye underwear
- There will be no more fighting over who gets to carry the caterpillar home
- There will also be no more fighting over who lost the caterpillar
- Also made a workout bra
- Out of the cotton ponte scraps left over from my daughter's lab coat
- Good support but more along the lines of lift than separate
- Will report on that in the next day or two
- Not sure if trying to shop vac quinoa out of a bathroom drain counts as a workout
- It certainly should
- This is what comes of a no technology childhood
- Children on iPhones hardly ever try to dye the side dishes blue
- All dogs are therapy dogs
- Babsie's day off tomorrow