Friday, April 3, 2015

Sunshine and Skirts

The weather this week finally turned to sunny spring, and after a day outside with my classes (required, in case you think I'm a slacker), my mood started to improve.  

Sunshine makes me feel better and it recharges me. There you have it.  I am from Krypton.  I must be Supergirl.  Or Faora.  And all along I'd wanted to be Wonder Woman.  :)

The bright light doesn't come without some pain though.  I had a migraine start yesterday just as I got off work for a three day weekend, and I ended up having to take Imitrex on my date.  That wouldn't be so bad except for the side effects. My jaws and neck ache within an hour of taking it, my mood drops, and I become sluggish and sleepy.  We had dinner and he obligingly took me shopping for fabric.  

The side effects hit me in the fabric store.  After we left there, my eyes started tearing up when I yawned.  I felt horribly groggy suddenly and I felt so bad about ruining the evening. I don't remember much after getting home, but I woke up around 11:30 pm and felt like I'd been out for a couple of hours already, with my shoulder pinned painfully under me and my left arm numb.  I was still too groggy to do more than wipe off my makeup, take out my contacts, and get undressed for bed.  

The good news is that I woke up this morning without the migraine, but of course my scalp is sore from the meds and I'm a bit stiff from sleeping hard. Not bad. Pretty good, considering how awful my migraines are.  Better this than suffering and wishing I could put my hands on a gun I'm hurting so much. They are that bad.  It should be one of the migraine warning signs.  "If this is the worst headache of your life, or shooting yourself seems like a viable end to your headache, please see a doctor IMMEDIATELY, even if you have to take a taxi to get there, because you need a Toradol injection."

I prefer not taking drugs.  I see no glamour in it.  They're expensive and cause harmful side effects.  It's better to just be healthy without prescriptions.... If you can manage it, and it's often not a choice. I'm doing better than many my age.

But this isn't all sad migraine stuff.  :)

I finished my knit skirt, with stretch in both directions.  I do believe I bought a spandex blend, yes I do.  OHHHH, it was a pain sewing that thing together.  I used tissue paper for stability for every single stitch in the fabric, along with a stretch stitch on my machine.  I was extremely calm and patient.  I used a ball-point needle in the machine, to make that stretchy stuff happy.  

In the end, I had a lovely skirt in a wrapped style that was just the perfect length to make me happy.  When I wore it, I received lots of compliments on my appearance, which went miles toward making me feel happy.  Dare I say I might just make another knit garment or two?  I'd said that on my next cruise I might just make a convertible dress for formal wear, if this skirt worked out, and it did.  I'll just have to remember that working with knits is not fast, considering the stretch factor, though it creates wonderful drape.  

That night I started another skirt, using a Craftsy class I'd enrolled in, that taught the basics of skirt construction.  When I made clothes years ago as a broke college student, I didn't know about proper garment finishing techniques.  :D <--- sheepish grin.  If anybody had looked inside my seams, they'd have known the truth.  So I wanted to know how to make a skirt the right way.  

I learned SO much from this class, even though it seems like the instructor simply can't see any of the questions I've added along the way.  She's not answering mine, though others' questions get answered.  In any case, I figured things out for myself after all.  I sewed darts.  I inserted a zipper, without a zipper foot, because my machine was missing several accessory pressed feet it listed as included, and I didn't discover this fact until long after I'd bought it.  :(. Come to think of it, my other Brother machine didn't have any extra accessories it claimed to, and now I think the company is just scamming people to make a few extra dollars. 

I was fine without the zipper foot anyway.  :). My zipper looks great.  I think zippers are a pain to sew even with a proper zipper foot.  Because they're zippers. Lol.  

I also learned how to sew a blind hem!!!  That is important, considering how I have to re-hem every pair of dress pants I buy.  In fact, Wednesday night when I hemmed the skirt, I looked down at the expensive pants I'd bought from a department store, and realized that they weren't hemmed with a blind hem.  The hem was badly done, showed on the outside, AND the right leg was different from the left.  *sigh*

*Note to people who know me: having learned to sew a blind hem, this does not mean that I'm having fun sewing them enough to want to spend my nights and money hemming your clothes for you free of charge.  I will, however, teach you to sew one on your machine.  My motivation is purely self-centered.  I want my clothes to look nice. I don't want to be your tailoring slave.  

I did discover that while my hip measurements are pretty full, my waist measurement is proportionately several sizes smaller, and I had to take in the waistline when that skirt was finished.  Not an unhappy problem to have, but my hips are the heavy area -- not my waistline.  Next time it looks like I'll be customizing the pattern to fit me better, with a smaller waistline.

I got lots of compliments on my skirt yesterday, too. (Even the hostess at the restaurant said "Oh, you look so pretty!" which I thought was amusing.)  I was even happier, though I'd feel more comfortable with a slightly lower hemline. The amusing factor in that outfit was the top.  All I had to wear with it was a blue t-shirt, a size too large because someone thought I should wear my shirt loose. Lol. Men can do that. I actually look heavier when my tees are too loose. 

So I took my scissors to the shirt while he was out of the room, and removed all of the bands.  Then I slashed the sleeves and the sides and tied it all up with ribbon. I created some flattering gathers and feminine details. It was cute for a fifteen minute refashion, anyway.  I believe he was surprised I could improve a frumpy tee with scissors. If I'd had more time that night, a little sewing would have made a big difference, so it is destined for a date with my machine.

New clothes that fit, compliments, and sunshine... I definitely needed those. This winter was rough on my mental state, and no amount of caffeine helped. Give me vibrant colors and a little sun over grey gloom and ice any day.

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