Sunday, August 13, 2017

It has arrived....

Yards of beautiful, printed fabric!

It's supposed to be a long-ish swing tank with a topo map of most of california + a few satellite images in grayscale (lower left purple/gray pieces), and a tie/wrap cardigan that showcases one of our models of ground subsidence due to water withdrawal in the California central valley (rainbow panels).  I made my best guess at how much they'd shrink in both dimensions, based on spoonflowers reported shrinkage, and scaled the pieces accordingly.  I based the patterns off of some of the digital Alabama Chanin files I have, but changed the armholes, neckline, etc. quite a bit, kind of ad hoc.  For the wrap, I took the t-shirt pattern and just drew a sweeping  diagonal line across to the mid-waist area.  We'll see how it turns out!

I'm lining the sweater with a stretch knit in a kind of avocado color, for a little bit of (hopefully) interesting contrast.  Oh wait, I should have made it red, for the hot interior of the earth!!!  I guess the green is close to the color of Olivine - ah yes, that's what I'm going with.

I'm curious about how the political climate on the sewing boards is going in response to current events.  But, since I've finally learned the age-old lesson of how no one's mind is ever changed by a discussion on the internet, I'm staying disengaged from there.  There's plenty to do here, plenty of good groups to support with my money, and extremism on the left to rein in.  I know we'll win this current fight - the real question now is how will we act in the next decade.  We were complacent and ignored the growing problems for decades.  I'm feeling really complicit in that.  Of course the groups engaged in these terrible acts are wrong, but it does so little good to just show how horrified we are.  The real question is what do we do next and how to we keep the ten-year-old boys growing up now from going down that route.  Lots of ten-year-old boys didn't, but some did.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


My crazy geo fabric has shipped from spoonflower!  Won't arrive for a bit, though.

Our other news is that Cornell has tentatively approved us to go on another sabbatical!  Not til 2019, but we have to get started planning now since the deadlines for various funding sources are coming up (some in September!).  We are really excited, though - we will most likely go back to Bristol since we had such a wonderful time there last go round.  I can't believe that it was just a year ago that we got back!

We've had friends from college visiting with their daughter, lots of time at work, and possibly a breakthrough for me that makes the late evenings frowning at my computer all seem worth while.  And so - the only sewing I've done was this evening after dinner for 15 minutes - quickly serging a kids rashguard that I cut out last fall!

However, I've done some pattern browsing.  I'm very keen on trying a wool melton skirt and bolero jacket, perhaps using this Simplicity pattern:

And I want some pussy bow blouses, perhaps plain front with a keyhole back neck.  I may start with this Burda one and leave the buttons. I even have a transparent crepe I could use to muslin - wasn't sure what I was going to do with that!

Oh, and it's silly of me, but I totally want to make one of these slips, too:

Friday, July 28, 2017


Hee hee -- I just ordered 3 yards of a crazy printed fabric with the pattern pieces outlined for me and filled with tremendously geeky real data.


More preview:

I love being a scientist right now.  We have so many fun tools.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I'm back--

Back, but with no real sewing to show for it.  :)  Was very busy with other things - a nice change.  2-week conference (stayed in dorm with hubby!), helping parents explore their new house and property (!), camping in the Sierras, and visiting the in-laws in Illinois.  Plus, bad antibiotics for a tick bite.  I did get almost the full final panel of my last AC 4-panel skirt embroidered, so I'm looking forward to a long couple nights of snipping the motifs at some point.  I love my green version of this skirt - it has actually machine-washed quite well and just gets softer with time.

I wore my AC crazy coat a lot and still love it.  It packs well for traveling, and is quite warm while still being summery - great for cold conference rooms.  We were away for a month and I'm glad to get back to a full closet!  I only had about 9 items of clothing with me and was pretty exhausted with them by the end.