You can't stop me now! I've made design changes to a few pieces and now I want to change everything!!! Well, not really – but I do feel more confident about changing patterns. In the grand scheme of things, how big a deal is it if I mess up a piece of fabric? Someone, I can't remember who, said "It's only fabric" and I'm embracing that philosophy to a degree. This particular project is presented as a "long blouse" in BWOF, but I prefer it as a dress. All I have to do is lengthen the bottom and shorten and maybe square off the vents. I don't want to show-off too much thigh.
Even if the fabric is expensive , as in this project, and I don't have a wearable dress at the end of the process – c'est la vie! I bought the fabric at Metro on my last shopping trip to NYC. It's Italian wool. Kashi, Jr. said that and I could tell I was supposed to be impressed. Admittedly, my knowledge of fabric is not what it should be so I pretended to be impressed by saying "Ooohhh!" and nodding my head knowingly. I bought it because I liked it and I thought it would make a good winter dress – not because of it's pedigree. It has a very nice drape, appropriate for a dress. After my last unsuccessful project and considering all the pintucks on the front, I should be seriously considering a muslin. But, I'm like the very first victim in a slasher movie. I'm happily skipping along to my next sewing project, totally unaware of the horrible disaster that is about to happen to me.
Hmmm … maybe that muslin deserves a little more consideration.
What do you do when you have Tangi, a four month old kitten who drives you crazy with her FRAPs (Frenetic Rapid Activity Period) and lethal claws? If you're normal, you wait for Tangi to outgrow her wild behavior. If you're a sucker for cats, like me, you get Soleil, Tangi's sister – two months younger and certain to extend the length of time I'll have to deal with FRAPs and with claws that are even more lethal. The only time I could take her picture was when she was asleep. After a week, she has reached the point where she doesn't let Tangi intimidate her and they chase each other around the house for most of the day. I'm sure Tangi will be much happier with someone of her own species to play with. Her sister has to be more fun than a middle-aged woman who is often unaccessible in her sewing room.