Saturday, January 18, 2014

RTW 2014 Fast - Garment #2 and Jerry Delivery

For my readers that may not know, I have joined the 2014 RTW (Ready To Wear) Fast being run by Sarah of Goodbye Valentino.  You remember the gorgeous blue dress?

Well, I am up to Garment #2 which isn't too bad considering all that is happening in my life at the moment, and it is still January.

My first garment was Louise Cutting's Relax-A-Little long skirt pattern.  I put a lining in it and it is just wonderful to wear.  I washed and dried it today, and when I pulled it out of the dryer, it didn't even need pressing.  WHY OH WHY don't I make a note of what fabric I use for my garments.  I would buy a boat load of it.

Then I had to buy black boots to go with it.

I had the boots on today for quite awhile for picture-taking, and I am not sure I am going to keep them.  I found a flaw in them, and to keep all of you from getting together and forming a committee to have me committed, I'm not going to tell you what it is.  (-;

Garment #2 is a Silhouette Pattern by Peggy Sagers.

Now, I really love Peggy, and I think she is the most generous person.  However, her patterns drive me crazy!  She is so knowledgeable about all things having to do with pattern making and sewing that I don't think she realizes how confusing her patterns are.

Let me see if I can get a picture of the pattern envelope for you...  Here it is.

Now, tell me the truth.  Do you see any buttons or blousing in those sleeves?  Nope?  Me either.

Here is the BACK of the envelope:

Do you see any buttons, anywhere???  Do you see folds or buttonholes anywhere???

I did JUST NOW notice that it calls for two 5/8" buttons.  It sure doesn't tell you where they go though.

It turns out the sleeves are VERY WIDE and you have to put a fold in them -- add a buttonhole into the fold -- put a button on the other side -- and button the hem edge of the sleeve.  Here is what they REALLY look like at the wrist.

I actually LIKE the sleeves because they aren't the same as all my others, but I think they should be shown on the envelope.  Don't you???

And here I am in the finished blouse.  I tried it WITH a belt:

And I tried it without a belt:

And the back.

This is too big in the top as you can see.  I could put my arm in the armhole twice!  I have redrawn the pattern with a higher back, forward shoulder seams, shoulder slope adjustment and a smaller sleeve.  Maybe I'll get it done tomorrow.
And I'm sure you are sick of this blouse by now,
so I'll tell you about Jerry.

I MISS HIM!!!  I have figured out a way to get him down here with me.  I called and told him about it, and he agreed it was a good idea.  He has hired the NEW GUY that I didn't want him to hire because he is the only one who can train him.  I decided it was worse for me to fight the issue and upset us both -- although I did give it a try -- so I finally agreed he should do what he thought was best.

He wants to work -- of course -- but I don't want him anywhere there may be a germ.  He got so sick a few weeks ago after he went to the store and picked up the flu/cold germs from all the keyboards he worked on there.  Several of our employees have been sick or are sick.  I just want to protect him.  He has SO MUCH to deal with as it is.

Anyway, Jerry is giving the new guy his delivery van to drive.  That means Jerry won't have a vehicle up there.  His pick-up is down here along with our two cars.  Since the new guy is going to be working at BOTH of our locations, I suggested he have the new guy DELIVER Jerry down here to me.  Brilliant, huh???  Jerry has a nice, private office here.  It will be germ-free once I get through spraying it down with Lysol.  Jerry can train the guy here.  Then the guy can go back home, and Jerry can come home with me and I can hug him to pieces and keep him safe.

Wish he could deliver Jackie to me too.

I better get to bed.  It's about that time.

Hugs, Joy


  1. That top is gorgeous and goes well with the skirt and belt and alas the flawed boots. I agree - the button should be shown on the envelope and it does take the sleeve up a notch from the ordinary. Love the cartoon.

  2. Joy your skirt and top look fantastic on you.Well done.

  3. I think "You Look Marvelous", in this outfit. I must say this is one of my favorites. If you send the boots back you must get another pair to wear with this. I think you have figured out how to get Jerry home! I know how you must miss Jackie. I have 2 little 9 year old girl schnauzer babies. I take care of them and they take care of me. They share my highest of highs and my lowest of lows. They just seem to know what I need at any given time and only want to be loved as we all do.
    I haven't written in quite some time but know that I look for your words everyday and have so enjoyed you and your family. I pray for you and Jerry everyday and look forward to seeing your smiling face.

    1. Hi Anita! I wondered if you were still around. I think of you every time I drive through Norman on I-35 headed home. We must meet for lunch some day soon. Thank you so much for your prayers. I really miss my doggie, and I'm afraid she won't even remember me when I get back. My daughter has lots of other dogs, and Jackie may get attached to them and not want to be all alone. )-:

    2. Hey Joy! Just wanted you to know that I have been here everyday.I guess sometimes I have felt what could I say that hasn't already been said so well by others. I apologize for that because I could have just let you know that I was here and just how much I care because I do.Don't worry to much about Jackie because she knows that happy voice and the loving hugs that you give her. Dogs know these things and I am sure she can't wait to be with you too.So hugs to you Joy and it would be my pleasure to meet and have lunch with you anytime.

  4. Joy Joy, I absolutely love the skirt with the belt and top. I'm not even going to ask about the boots because what ever it is would drive you crazy. As Roger tells me, "If it is going to bother you, then don't buy it." You are becoming a real doggy person. Maybe some of the rest of me will rub off on you. I'm going to put the hem in my blouse tonight and then work on Jerry's hat.
    Love you, and boy, do I miss you. Hugs, Phylly


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