Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ohhh, new clothes!

Usually I sew because I love a pattern, and want to see what I can make from it.  The process is experimental, or even sometimes creative.  Results can vary (OMG, can they!), and I have no problems sharing those results with my readers or people on PatternReview etc.  It's all for fun.

A few weeks ago, Theresa of Camp Runamuck, gave me copies of 2 PDF patterns-the Scout tee and Archer shirt.  Both are from Grainline Studio and have been incredibly popular on PatternReview and Stitcher's Guild.  I immediately taped the Scout tee as I LOVE woven tees.

I liked the tee in a woven and wondered what would happen in a knit.  I had bought this knit fabric to make leggings, but after watching Cops-Las Vegas I realized I'd be taken for a working girl wearing these.  So, tank top for this cowgirl!

I am planning to make up the Archer shirt for fall and I'm still ruminating on fabrics.  Thanks so much Theresa!

I also made a babydoll nightie B 5932, which you will see paired with 3/4 pants rather than the tap pants I have for it.  I'm not going to flash anything here on the interwebs!
Truth ladies, I made this because I am feeling a wee bit old this year.  My laugh lines are a little deeper, my skin is a little crepey, I am not as vibrant as in years past.  Now, my husband is older than me, and he thinks I look just fine.  So, this is an internal challenge, and one we all face.   I am "sitting with" this bit of sadness at loss of youth, and working on acceptance.  For me, the issue is not "Do I look pretty?" but "How can I be a vital older woman?"  I will get through this small bump, and emerge with new wings.  

Thank you everyone, for the well wishes on Mr. Biblioblog's recovery after his motorcycle accident.  He is doing well, and is healing pretty fast.  There was a lot of blunt trauma and he has some pain internally in various places.  He saw the doc yesterday for a physical and got some advice on wound care which was a bit different than the pharmacist's instructions.  We hope to see the worst of the road rash clearing up faster with these instructions.  Again, please use safety gear.


41 comments:

  1. Love your new clothes, Mary! Your vitality as a younger woman will carry through as you get older, you know...it just may manifest a little differently.
    Ask me how I know!

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    1. Thank you Margy...nothing like new clothes to perk one up. and, yes, I am learning what you already know and radiate. :-)

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  2. I have been wanting to try the Archer Shirt, as I have some fabric that would be perfect, just haven't gotten around to getting the pattern. I like your new duds!....Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna! There are so many great versions of the Archer shirt out there. Your Archer will surely be cool looking.

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  3. You will get over this bump, heck, really it's just a pimple! ;)
    Love the new top and nightie! You look fabulous.

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    1. well, hi there TSAB. yep, I will. Thank you for the compliment and the patterns.

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  4. sorry if I missed your post about hubby's accident - here is wishing him a speedy recovery from the UK. As for getting older, I find myself thinking the same thing when sitting with a bunch of 30 or 40 somethings, and Mike is nearly 5 years younger than me - now that is also pressure. You look fab so not sure you should be worrying.

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    1. Oh, that's right, Mike is younger than you. Thanks for the visit and kind words. All is good.

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  5. Excellent new clothes, and I hope your husband recovers quickly.

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    1. hi!! Yes, I have been waiting to sew up the teal and finally got to it. Love teal, and grey.

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  6. Love your cowgirl tank and flirty nightie. And I'm with you on the getting older thing. Kind of like, it's tough when the guys look past you instead of at you!! Sewing to make me feel good is a great pleasure and the tank fabric says leggings to me too... :-)

    Glad DH is doing better. Skin just does not heal as well or quickly as we age, doggone it.

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    1. The cowgirl top is the best riding top I have EVER made because it is super thin but very loose and so I get air flow and tummy is hidden. Perfection! Love what you have been making lately too.

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  7. Ah, aging,. it's a trip! My Ma came to visit me in TN shortly after her 80th b'day and I asked her how it felt. We'd been giggling all night and were sitting side by side on the couch. She turned to face me, stuck her nose right on mine looking me right in the eyes, cocked her head sideways and said: It just gets weirder and weirder! Oh man, I'll never forget that! What a crack-up. Anyway, here we are. Getting weirder and weirder LOL.

    You look great and new clothes are a must for the spirit, eh? I like woven tees, too, so thanks for the tip on the Scout pattern. Very timely for me in my new clothes quest and stuck with short yardages. ~Mary Beth

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    1. MaryBeth, you will like the Scout-it is super easy and fun. You will use up all those short yardages too.

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  8. Very cute baby doll pj top. As always thanks for sharing your life with us. The thing that freaks me out about aging is that I look more like my grandmother then myself now....and it's hard to realize that, that is how others see me as well, as an older person. Weirder and weirder indeed!

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    1. Such is the journey...thanks for the compliment on the pjs.

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  9. I know just what you mean about seeing changes and learning to accept them. It's not easy! At least we aren't doing it alone, right?

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    1. We are all doing it toether-isn't it wonderful? :-)

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  10. I see you as quite vital, but I get what you are saying. I love how Mary Beth's mother said, "It gets weirder and weirder!" LOL. Great new clothes!

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  11. Try seeing those changes in yourself while parenting an 11-year-old! It is tough, and I am struggling with it all. The one place I feel least "old" is on the back of my horse, which is why I want to keep riding till I die.

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    1. Yes, they keep us young and in the present moment. I didn't know you had a son!

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  12. oh no about your husband's accident--i'm sending him healing energy!!!
    your new clothes look great!

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  13. Hi Mary - keep exercising to keep yourself limber - it's so easy to stiffen up.

    I have an older husband as well- sometimes I think that can make me feel old too, but then I realise I am quite lucky to have a husband (like you I have no children). I'm grappling with the age thing as well - it comes and goes - developing a new identity out of the ashes of the older younger one takes time - but something better will wing it's way out. It can be liberating as well, instead of looking at the mirror, look outwards at what you can see with the benefit of wisdom. And my mother always said she didn't feel any different from her childhood self, but the mirror says otherwise. My mother is 88 and still as active as she can be - more than me, I think! - and I think it is the child inside that never got older that keeps her going. It's really weird following in the footsteps down the trail...

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    1. As for the exercise comment above, yes...I think it is very important. Riding keeps me young.

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  14. I personally think you look great, and I like your style. As for the age thing. Well, we all feel that as we enter another decade, I personally dont look too long in the mirror (it helps) Like Sarah my mother always said age is only a number, Its true. Hope you soon get through this little hiccup. Best wishes to your husband, wishing him a speedy recovery.

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  15. Hi Mary.. I love your new babydoll, it's pretty and flattering.
    I am wishing your husband a speedy recovery.

    P.S. You look great for your age :-)

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    1. Hi Hana, thanks so much for your kind comment.

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  16. So proud your hubby is doing better..
    I so understand the 'getting older' feeling.. Some days-worse than other days. I still have the want to do ideas, that I did.. but, when I look in the mirror, I see a woman getting older. I love to sew, and making pretty things helps me feel better.. I just know this pretty nightie will make you feel much better.
    I agree with Hana above...you look fantastic!!

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    1. I agree so much with your comment that sewing pretty things make one feel better. In fact, feel fantastic.

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  17. I think you look tres chic and the new clothes are great!

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    1. Thanks Fran, you are one of my style icons!

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  18. A propos of aging, I've come to the conclusion that it's best to view yourself with a bit of a soft focus. Of course, that doesn't mean being unrealistic, trying to look and dress like your young self. That can be either sad or scary. But I don't think it helps to concentrate on every sag or wrinkle. You have to do the best for yourself with diet and exercise and flattering clothes, as you obviously do, Mary, and just get on with your life. Be glad for how you do look. (Yeah, I'm not always so philosophical about it.)

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    1. Thanks Julia, you are right to use a soft focus. I try to do that with all my life. Acceptance and serenity.

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  19. Why not wear what makes you feel good in colours that make you happy? There's way too much "serious" fashion, especially in the professional circuit. Why must the dressy uniform be primarily black? Embrace the technicolour rainbow, says me. And I really admire your silver hair! Mine is in that difficult stripey stage, but I desperately want to step away from the dye bottle and let the natural process take over. Hope it turns out as nicely as yours.

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    1. Oh rubyslypprz, I hope you do let yourself go for the grey. It is freeing and actually rather on trend right now.

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  20. Oooh, thanks for showing off the negligee. I have that pattern in the maybe-to-sew pattern. It is cute! I like the tank, too.

    The thing about aging is that nobody tells it you it starts while you're so young!

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    1. I had to smile at your comment-aging starts when we are born :-) I hope you try the pattern, and enjoy it. It really is cute, and is drafted for smaller busted women. Check out my review on PR for my measurements.

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  21. I really love your sense of humor. I think that it's a quality that serves us well, no matter where we are on the aging spectrum. :) Oh and I love those new clothes you've made. Thanks for sharing them. And I'm glad to hear that Mr. is healing well (and whew!).

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