Thursday, January 31, 2008

44? When the hell did THAT happen?

A small birthday grumble and on to better things. Yesterday I received a call from my aunt. "Happy 45th birthday!" she says. "Thanks, Betty," I say. "My birthday's tomorrow and I'll be 44." She’s only my godmother.

Last night I get home from work and there's a message on my machine from my stepdad. Since my mom died he doesn't send cards. "Hey, it’s me. Call me on Thursday so I can remember to say happy birthday."

What the hell, people? Since they're both elderly, they're surrounded on every wall by clocks and calendars. A side question here: when you start running low on time do you automatically become fixated by it? My aunt has at least 10 clocks in her tiny apartment, and a calendar in every room, except the kitchen, which has 2. My stepdad's almost as bad. I don't get it.

As for the better thing, first of all, this was what I found when I got home from work tonight: my roommate and oldest friend went to the local fabric store and got me every fiddly notion that I either don't have, don't have enough of (seam rippers) or hadn't thought to buy yet. She also considerately included a $20 gift certificate, which I'm going to hold onto for a while.

The other better thing: when I discovered Project Runway was a rerun last night, I started working on BWOF 1/08 #122, the potentially great/scary poet's blouse. It's heading more toward the great than the scary. I really like the combination of the two fabrics - the orange color is toned down by the depth of the brown, and so long as I don’t use any of the border, I think it will all work. The border on the orange fabric is a somewhat virulent green that makes my teeth hurt even to think about.

Other than ironing and basting the pleats in the front in the wrong direction (easily remedied, at least), I got the front, back, side seams and the sleeve seams done last night. I pinned the yoke to the front and put the shirt on Evelyn to try it out. I just stuck pins in her along the back/yoke seam to get an idea of how it was going to look and I’m really pleased.

I read the reviews on PR and took the pattern in to a 36 (I'd cut a 38), but I don't think I'm going to have as much trouble with the shirt being too low because I'm a little fuller in the shoulders than it looks like the other two women are. Of course, I could be wrong and the girls could be out there, front and center, but isn’t that why they make tank tops? It'll work.


stacysews said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Debbie Cook said...

Happy Birthday! I lost my 44th year somehow. I still think that's what I am but, no, I'm 45. Ugh. Not really. But I can't believe how fast I got here. And it won't be long until 45 is gone too. Hope you had a good day!

Gretchen the Household Deity said...

Happy birthday!!! My parents can't seem to remember mine either, although I'm pretty sure they were present at the birth.

I can't wait to see your poet's shirt. The incarnations I've seen so far look good, but I'm going to need more proof before diving in. Heh.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Happy, happy birthday! And my this year bring you many sewing adventures and joyous experiences!

CraftRage said...

Happy belated birthday!!

Kat said...

Happy belated birthday!!!