Tracing myself got me fired up about getting my dress form up to speed, so I used my Mardi Gras dress lining leftovers to cut out another bodice and short skirt to cover the dress form, and I bought batting to stuff it up to size. While I was in Hancock buying batting for the dress form, I picked up this awesome stretch cotton to make another pair of pants. This was in the back clearance section for $1.37/yard - go me! (Note that I've serged the raw edges before washing - something I picked up from my friends at the GCGSW.)
And I'll be using the Hot Patterns pants Robbie told me about, which are specifically for the derriere-challenged woman (I hate saying flat butt). Those are coming today - I can't wait!
I've also been working on the brown jacket I started knitting months ago, and have it ready to start sleeves. Here's the pattern from Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits by Andra Knight-Bowman...
And here's what I've got so far.
The sleeves are started in the round (my first time doing that - I'm a'skeered!) and then joined to the sweater, but I didn't have the right needles for that, so I decided to go to Joann during the Grand Opening to get them. THEN I got an email that one of my "favorite reviewers" at Pattern Review (who lives in Birmingham!) wrote a new review for New Look 6189 cropped pants, and I decided I needed a pair of those too, and aren't hers cute if you clicked on the link?! (You may notice that Mimi G also reviewed them, but don't expect any pouty pictures where I'm wearing sunglasses looking down at my turned-in feet - not my style, baby.) So in Joann, I got knitting needles, pattern, and denim for those pants, all on sale. I used THREE coupons and got a free shopping bag on top of it - icing on the cake!
Here's a better pic of the fabric - kinda wild.
And the last bit of shopping I did was at Books-a-Million, where I bought the Alabama Chanin book Gwen posted about a while ago.
Don't you think I can bedazzle (Pam's favorite word!) this dress up enough to wear to Mardi Gras?
What if I'm the first woman to wear cotton jersey to a ball - would they let me in? (For those of you not familiar with Mardi Gras balls, they don't let you in if your dress isn't the right length, or if you're wearing tennis shoes - you have to put your heels on first, etc. Very snooty-patooty.) I may have to test those waters. But enough about me - what are YOU doing this weekend?
(That reminded me of my favorite line from Beaches where Bette Midler is going on and on about herself to Barbara Hershey. She says, "Well, enough about ME, let's talk about YOU. What do YOU think of ME?")
Oh, oh, and a Lucas-ism before I go, but this one's offensive, so this is just for family! Yesterday Drew was relating a story about how his friends were playing hackey-sack before class, and one of them had to do a pelvic thrust to hit it because of where it was. The teacher, who's also a coach (our coaches only taught the basic sciences and drivers' ed, but this guy is teaching Honors Physics - go boy!), commented that that would be a "header" technically, but using his other....you know. (Crude, right? The guy's more of a coach than a physicist after all.) Lucas says he doesn't get it - is "head" another term for part of the male anatomy? So Drew and I reluctantly affirm (thanks for that story, Drew). Then Lucas says HIS friends all call it a muffin-top. (I'll pause for you to think about how often I use the term muffin-top around here when talking about my gut.) I assured him that a muffin-top has nothing to do with male anatomy, and he says, "Yeah, but when you think about it, it really LOOKS like a muffin-top, doesn't it?"