Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #101

Sunday Lately Architectural

Sunday Lately is normally a way for me to share a little more about myself using the prompts provided by the Blogger Tribe.

November was a tough month for my family, so taking inspiration from the Complaints Choir,  I’m going to use today’s post as a mental health exercise instead.

Let the complaints begin.

My brother died unexpectedly early this month. We’ve been grieving and trying to get over the shock of it. I’m in a general malaise and everything just feels like a chore and going through the motions.

On the topic of illness: There have been a total of seven days this month that I have not been sick; about the same for my husband but he had the added trouble of breaking a toe while we were out-of-state for my brother’s funeral and later some sort of conjunctivitis. Our little guy got all the same colds as us, but miraculously got over them in a matter of days. Almost all of my extended family got a nasty, long lingering cold while we gathered to mourn my brother.

Our Thanksgiving gathering evaporated. With our family being sick and my in-laws being sick, the day was a no-go. Since our day was caput, my husband volunteered to work, so a co-worker could be home. It’s pretty depressing to watch about family gatherings and holiday meals when you’re not with family and eating leftover pizza.

For good measure let’s add on a lot of little annoying things going wrong that normally roll off your back, but pile on when you already feel beaten down. For example; the kitchen sink that’s threatening to break loose because of a bad install and is propped up by a croquet mallet until we can get a guy over to fix it, or the new set of tires that are jokingly referred to as my Christmas present.

Song over. Do I feel better? Only slightly. Thanks for listening.

Sunday Lately

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SVEA pants by mahlicadesigns

SVEA Pants

I have a serious need for pants in my wardrobe, but am not quite ready to make another pair for jeans, so instead I made the SVEA Pants.

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I made a size 40 according to my measurements using a double knit. The result was baggier looking than I would have liked and I’m sure the drape of the double knit didn’t help with that. Since the 40’s were baggier and longer than I wanted, I’m giving these to my sister. I know the drape of the knit plays a factor here, so I felt I needed to play with things a little.

On my second attempt, I sized down to the children’s size 170 all around but kept the size 40 crotch length. I still ended up shortening at the hem by 2 inches. I’m much more comfortable with how these fit.

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What do you think? Did I get closer to the look of the pattern by sizing down?

Image from Zierstoff Patterns
Image from Zierstoff Patterns

SVEA Pants side by side collage

Pattern:

SVEA Pants from Zierstoff Patterns. Size 40. Shortened by 3 inches at hem.

SVEA Pants from Zierstoff Patterns. Size 170 width & leg length, size 40 crotch length. Shortened by 2 inches at hem.

Fabric: I used a double knit with a subtle houndstooth print from my stash for both pairs of SVEA Pants.

The SVEA Pants took me 2 hours to complete (each).

Total Cost: $10.80(each)    Fabric $5       Notions: $1       Pattern $4.80*

 

Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #97

Sunday Lately Architectural

Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting

Doing: This week I was rockin’ it with my dad. I used the rock saw, shaping and polishing wheels, and hand polish. To top it off we visited the Tellus Museum and I looked at rocks until my eyes crossed. I think I’m rocked out until next year. The Tellus has a great interactive kids area that kept the little guy interested while we adults took turns looking around.

Appreciating… how much easier it is to travel with little ones as they get a little older.

Designing… this is the necklace design I’m thinking of for one of the rock pieces I cut and polished. I’ll need to pick up the correct size rings and chain.

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Humming…

Expecting:…

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Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #96

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Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning… We may be hosting Christmas at our home this year, so I’ve gone off the deep end imagining how to rearrange furniture, decorate, and the biggy: get rid of a ton of stuff.

Loving… 

Reading… well, I’m actually bringing  a couple books along on vacation this week.

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Wishing… after my big closet purge last week, I’m really itching to purge the whole house. I’m wishing I had a little extra time to do that ’cause it’s really a bigger job than I want to spent time on.

Feeling… a little sad. This pretty gal has been with me so many years in good health, but she’s been struggling lately with mobility. She’s still happy and pretty healthy, but it’s a reminder of our limited time together.

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Onyx Shirt for SV Design Crew

Onyx Shirt by mahlicadesigns

Onyx Shirt by mahlicadesigns

I didn’t get much of my summer sewing wish list done this year. Oh well. I had a big sigh and flipped that mental switch to fall sewing, so I could get ready for the Sew Long Summer blog tour in September. Enter an indian summer here in Colorado and this colorful woven from Sew Vagabond to give me a second chance to make the Onyx Shirt from my summer list.

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The loose casual fit of the Onyx is going to make this shirt a big player in my wardrobe. Paired with shorts, jeans, or cardigans; the Onyx works well with others and the print will liven up the mostly neutrals I wear.

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Pattern: The Onyx Shirt from Paprika Patterns in size 4, view A, w/out cuffs or button tabs. A quick and easy sew. I was able to eek out my size from 1yd x 52in wide, but another 1/4yd would have helped with better stripe matching on the sleeves and allowed me to add the cuffs. Using French Seams to finish your insides is going to make it look terrific on the inside too.

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Fabric: The Natural Tribal rayon/cotton blend from Sew Vagabond (hurry it’ll be sold out soon). The blended woven is perfect for this project. It presses and sews wonderfully while having a nice drape.

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The Onyx Shirt took me 3 hours to complete.

Total Cost: $12    Fabric $0*        Pattern $12

** When I make a qualifying purchase as part of the SV Design Crew, I receive 2 free yards of fabric to make whatever I want and Sew Vagabond Shop gets to use my pictures to show off their fabrics.

Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #85

Sunday Lately Architectural

Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Writing, Scheduling.

Completing: This week I completed a closet purge. I’ve been hanging onto clothes in the hopes that I’ll drop a lot of weight and fit them again. It’s just not happening, so out they go. I was finishing up when I opened the closet in the guest bedroom to find a bunch of things from my last closet purge that never made it to a friend, so more gone there too. I donated 50 articles of clothing.

Visiting… the in-laws this weekend and my father and his wife next week. So excited.

Repeating… hmmm?

Writing… thinking about starting to write Christmas cards now. Past precedent being never writing them, so odds are not good for this happening.

Scheduling… actually not scheduling. I tend to plan out my sewing calendar months in advance. The last of my self imposed deadlines is December 15th and I’m leaving it open after that to give myself some breathing room.

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Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #94

Sunday Lately Architectural

Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Updating, Remembering, Needing, Wearing, Being

Updating… After completing one of my big goals for the year, I’m starting to make notes for what I want to accomplish in 2017.

Remembering… how wonderful it is to spend time with my hubby. DH took a day off this week so we could go on a day date while the little guy was in preschool. We toured the Celestial Seasons factory, lunched on Pearl St. in Boulder, visited the natural history museum at CU Boulder and partook in some yummy fudge from Kilwins Candy shop.

Needing… a couple extra weeks to catch up, anyone else?

Wearing… I’ve been bouncing between shorts combined with shortsleeve tees and jeans combined with warm shirts. We’re having a good mix of fall and indian summer around here.

Being…   uhh??

Sunday Lately

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