Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
This is just a little latch hook, just like used for a latch-hook rug. When I got it at a yard sale (with a bunch of other sewing things), I thought it was used for bringing snags in sweaters to the inside. I was able to use it when the elastic in the material from the previous post started to unravel. I wish I knew what it was called.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
It is hard to recognize bad points, but they, as well as the good ones, should be recorded. This gives a baseline from which to work and to compare to in the future. It's a good idea to use pictures: in the clothes you currently wear, and a front and side view of your face and head. Age, health, figure traits like posture, weight, proportions, face shape and profile, length of neck, facial features, skin, hair, coloring are all qualities that should be observed. Take into account your likes and dislikes. Good personal grooming is the key to a smart look. People can't be statues, so in moving make sure you avoid irritating mannerisms like an annoying voice, fingernail biting, tapping, swinging feet, fiddling, adjusting undergarments, and biting lips that might mar your appearance. Once these are recorded, you can begin a plan of attack. It will be quite satisfying to know that you're going to improve.
This chapter ends with the following recommended projects:
- Make a chart for your plan that includes the noted characteristics
- Full-length picture in a tight bathing suit
- Picture in an outfit you consider attractive
- Record an analysis of yourself on your chart
- List your like and dislikes that influence your appearance
- Have someone prepare a list of mannerisms and facial expressions that mar your appearance (I would definitely not ask a spouse)
- Listen to a recording of your voice and determine qualities to change
- Make a score card to score your grooming
Here's an example of a woman after undergoing a thorough personal revamp.
Here's an example of how physical mannerisms car mar your appearance.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I think not!
But thanks to this site, I realize an apron can look like these:
Or like this:
OK--fun and hot! What's not to like? That, and your clothes will stay nice and your hands clean and your countertops and tables are less likely to be dusty.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Hems drive me nuts because I take them very seriously. I mark them using a removable marking pencil at 1/4", fold that down and iron it, then mark them again, fold them down, iron them, pin them like crazy, and then sew it all together. Doesn't that sound like too much work? I ordered a narrow hemming foot from AllBrands. I'm hoping it actually works. I just got it today so I'm going to start experimenting!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I made these for a friend of mine who just had a little girl. I picked this pattern because it seemed straightforward. It was a straight forward pattern, but I had a really hard time putting these things together--and I was even able to use a short cut. You'll see that instead of stabilizing the edges of the tops of the shoes with stitching or ribbon, I have a stitched down seam. This is actually because I used a really cute pair of cordoruys that my youngest daughter used to have. They had a decorative seam running down the front of the leg and I centered the top of the pattern on that seam and just opened it up where a split is required.
For reinforcing the open-end of the seam, I used some ribbon folded into a triangle (glued to help hold it together while I sewed it down). I decided to make that a decorative element. I like how the ribs of the ribbon echo the cordoruy wale.
Making these shoes took forever. The seam allowance is so tiny that I ended up hand-stitching a number of holes closed. I will probably just hand-stitch the next pair. I also had a hard time with easing of the toe-box. It turns out that my brilliant idea of using a seamed top peice meant that it was too thick to ease through the front of the toe.
After I was finished with the shoes I was not going to embellish them at all--I just want to be done! But, when I took a few days rest and looked at them with fresh eyes, I decided to add a little something.
This is my first embroidery. I chose something simple--daisy with a french knot center. It's not perfect--next time I will mark a circle before stitching.
I really don't think they hold a candle to what's in the Bitty Booty Flickr group. Those things are just gorgeous.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Of course I won't be posting extensive excerpts from the book (copyright, you know). I may summarize certain sections of interest. If I find any good illustrations, I'll pass them along.
I thought I'd highlight a few of them here. Maybe someone out there reading this would find them as interesting as I do. Sometimes I feel like an archeologist or anthropologist and other times I'm just wondering if I'll ever get up the guts to wear white gloves and a pillbox hat and leave a calling card at someone's house when visiting. Some of the rules have changed so dramatically that reading them is purely a matter of gaining a historical perspective. Other things I've read have given me a new way to look at my role as a woman and appreciate some of the modern advantages.