Monthly Archives: January 2009

Last minute wrap skirt

I am leaving for sunny Puerto Rico this week and finally bought my bathing suit.  I have been putting it off due to the beached whale status of my body.  Post baby, the workouts have been scarce (as already noted in my first blog post).  I found one with enough shirring to hide most bodily sins of over-eating and under-exercizing and boy did I pay through the nose for this swimsuit.  Dawn is making her own suits for her trip to Hawaii.  Maybe sometime in the future, I will be confident enough in my sewing ability to attempt it myself.   I also paid through the nose bought a matching skirt to wear on my way out to the beach from my hotel room  so as not to embarrass myself until I get to the beach.  

But tonight, as I was doing yoga with a yoga dvd (the gym was closed, but I didn’t know it until I got there — If I worked out more, I might have known that already), I was thinking I could have made my own skirt to hide cover up my thighs instead of paying through the nose like I did.  Have I said I paid through the nose yet?  I have the perfect pattern for it.  I have even already made it.  It’s Indygo Junction’s “It’s a Wrap” skirt, IJ769.  I have previously made it up in a 100% cotton which ended up being a little too stiff (see my review on Pattern Review).  I was thinking of making it up in something with more drape this time and it obviously needs to be washable.  I’ve already lined up my sister as babysitter tomorrow so I can hunt out some fabric at this cheapy fabric store in my hood, P & S Fabrics.  I might change up the pattern a little because I am feeling like an expert already.  LOL !  I was thinking of doing a rolled hem on my serger.  Oh did I tell you I invested in a serger for Xmas?  I bought the Brother 1034D.  I’ve been taking a Serger 101 class on Pattern Review the last two weeks and digging it.  I have to practice my new found skills, right? 

Anyhoo, let’s see if I have time for it.  I have to make a spicy pumpkin pie tomorrow night not to mention making Jack a bunch of meals this week before I go. 

Oh and the parenting thing?  It’s been going a little better lately.  He’s such a sweet little boy.  I admire his zest for life.  I wish I had a little of that energy.  And I just love that he loves to jump…  just for the hell of it.  What a wonderful thing to watch. 

I guess I should show you a picture of my “It’s a Wrap” skirt.  You’ll have to pardon the photography, my BIL took the picture.  He’s taller than me so the angle is not great, but you can still see the skirt.  Hopefully future pictures will be much better for this blog.  Interesting  sidenote: I picked the fabric so it would match a specific t-shirt I had in a deep cranberry red, but the styles didn’t suit each other AT ALL!!!  Luckily, I had the teal t-shirt already and there were some teal bits in the skirt fabric to pick up on.  (uh oh, I just ended a sentence with a preposition — I hope my dad doesn’t read this.)

(post edited for better grammar)

It's A Wrap Skirt

Oops, did I just start a blog?

I have been reading blogs for a while now, mostly artsy/craftsy types and thought frequently that I should not write one.  Who’d want to read anything I write?  Especially when I think a lot about sewing but don’t sew anything.   Well, ok, I have sewn some things, but not a whole lot and certainly not with much talent.   I knit quite a bit, but I can’t even keep up with updating my Ravelry account.  And apparently uploading pictures is a must for blogging, but I have trouble keeping my camera charged and rely on my sister to take pictures of my son.  I haven’t even taken any video of him in the last year and I have a super duper nice hd video camera (for which the instruction booklet seems more like an encyclopedia), not to mention a super duper cute son.   So it begs the question again, why on earth am I starting a blog?  And why would I think anyone would be interested?  My best friend would probably reply, “Well, you’re a Leo, duh!” 

Really, my inspiration for setting up this blog was a workout today.  Now before you think that I work out regularly, you should know that this is, in fact, a rare event.  But back to the motivation…  I am belatedly thinking of 2009 resolutions and thinking February is a fine time to start them.  Why February you ask?  Well, because December 2008 and January 2009 were (are, we’re still in January after all, but because it’s almost over, I feel free to speak of it in the past for that’s where I wish it to be) disastrous months for me.  So I look to February as a fresh new start to 2009. 

Back to my purpose for blogging…  (btw, I have a strong predilection towards ellipses, so if you don’t like them, please ignore them.)  I was thinking, while sweaty and breathless on the treadmill this afternoon, that I need a fresh perspective and need to be more introspective.  I think that writing will be a conduit to both goals.  I hope that writing will keep me accountable, will inspire me, give me the prod in the behind to actually do some of the things I fantasize about, like: be a better mother, actually sew my own clothes, and make progress on my own personal evolution.   I know, pretty lofty goals, but it’s a journey, not an end point. 

So, if you’re finding your way to this little part of the internet world by chance, I hope you aren’t too bored reading about sewing, knitting, and motherhood, and occasionally seeing some pictures (must charge camera).   And in case you’re wondering at the title of this blog, “Unintentionally Funny,” it refers to my complete inability to be funny on purpose, but also my apparent genius at making an a&& out of myself.   Case in point: the thought that I could write a blog.