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Yesterday I finished the bag muslin and it is surprisingly snazzy! I
checked it on the bike, and then made some changes to the pattern to
shorten the zippered area to the top curved face only. I'm now working on
cutting the final fabric -- canvas, heavy-duty interfacing (pellon, which
has dubious reviews online but I already have it and there's plenty of
canvas if I have to start over), and some scraps of a fun stripey fabric
I'm going to use for lining. I do need to see if we have a heavy-duty
needle for the machine, because this canvas isn't joking around even
without the interfacing.

P went to H day celebrations (Pittsburgh is the only -burgh in the US that
managed to recoup its -h after a national normalization effort to -burg)
where he had O hot dogs and hung out on Seback street, both perfect
expressions of the city. I love my town. R made a beer and bourbon
chocolate cake for the occasion, as per usual, and all accounts report
record-breaking tastiness.

I had a wretched evening once it got dark. Not sure if it was the heat or
the evening snack or surprise reflux or what, but I was up for over three
hours past bedtime waiting for the panic attacks to run out of juice so I
could lie down and sleep. It's July. The 2015-2016 horror show was long
over by now. I was really hoping for a repeat performance of that recovery,
but that's shaking out to be just plain false. Figuring this health stuff
out would be way easier if I could rely on having consistent responses to
stuff.
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Yesterday I found an error in the bag pattern I've been testing! The
intersecting seams for the back are the wrong length. I forgot to true
seams for the front and back panels or I would have caught it. I've fudged
it on the muslin so I can finish checking the assembly procedure. After
this I'll be way better at sewing intersections; maybe I'll do another
godet skirt next.
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Yesterday I sewed the bottom seams of the bag and the midline seams of the
front and back panels. I wore my new top to work, and it passed the "can I
type in this comfortably for four hours" test, which the other two tops I
made this year did not. I took photos for patternreview, fixed them up,
posted my review, and a put a big fat details post on mistral-magpie. I
have another review queued for the maritime shorts pattern, still waiting
for photos.

Checked on the garden, and brought in another rutabaga and a bowlful of
marigold blossoms. The last rutabaga got put away wet, and not only did it
go moldy :( but it took most of the sweet potatoes with it. I've stored
this one in the fridge.
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Yesterday I worked on a bike bag for P. I first prototyped a box bag
pattern I found online by building it out in paper, then disassembling it
so I could see how the box shape was represented on the flat pattern. I
then applied more or less the same geometry to the weird curvy wedge shape
needed to fit P's bike. I added some seams to account for the curves, and
am partway through sewing a muslin to test out the method of assembly. I'm
getting a lot of practice sewing dissimilar curves. For the muslin I've
been trying out a no-pins method, but my seam allowances aren't accurate
enough to make alignment easy and as a consequence I've got some problems
with wobble and drift on the bottom seamline. I might switch to pins for
the real deal.

At the farmers market we got blueberries, peaches, sour cherries, dill, new
potatoes, summer squash, green beans, lettuce, parsley, broccoli, and a
tomato. We saw C on the way in but had to stop at a cash machine, and must
have managed to parallel her through the market just right to miss her
entirely. Next time!
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Yesterday I finished my tunic! The hem went together surprisingly smoothly.
I still have to photograph and then I have a big summary post for it
planned at mistral & magpie.

Next sewing project is a bike bag for P.

Did the laundry, made some crackers, and P and I finished House of DaVinci
which had a terrible non-ending ending and really obnoxious navigation &
animations in the final puzzle room. Otherwise though, a nice game.
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Yesterday I sewed shoulder seams, finished the edges of the facings, sewed
the neck edge, cut and trimmed the neck opening, understitched, and sewed
one of the armholes. With an all-in-one facing you do the armholes the same
way you'd do the yoke of a shirt, with the burrito method and turning
through the shoulder strap.

Brought in some orach and arugula from the garden, and ate it with dinner.
Not as nice as dandelion greens, but still pretty good. I'm starting to
like really bitter greens more and more as I get older.
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Yesterday I cut and fused interfacing, staystitched necklines, and sewed
all the darts. I'm using a grey thread in the bobbin that's practically
invisible, and a purple thread on top that's the closest thing I had to the
same value. Alas, the set of greys I ordered from Cleaner's doesn't sit
properly on the spool post of my machine; I can fudge it for winding
bobbins but that's it.

Better day at work; I edited the correct document this time and also got
some data analysis done.

P went to the ETG and brought back some really beautiful beet greens.

Better food day, too.
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Yesterday I traced off the facings, taking the opportunity to switch to
all-in-one facings since my shoulder modifications put the neck facings too
close to the armhole facings anyway. It means I'll have to trace them off
again if I ever want to do an external facing for the neck, but I'm okay
with that. I also was able to absorb the dart at the back neck, which will
make life easier when it comes to the sewing. I cut fashion fabric, and am
partway through cutting interfacing.

I had my umbrella with me, so my continued excellent weather karma was less
crucial to my state of dryness, but I still made it home about ten minutes
before the pelting rain started.

Good food day in the morning, bad food day in the evening. Very frustrating.
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Yesterday I sewed up the side seams, and success! Some minor armhole
adjustments and it fit great. I disassembled the muslin, transferred all my
changes back to the paper pattern, and traced off a final copy. I'm ready
for fashion fabric!

Returning to work was fine, though disorienting. Got some editing done and
prepared some new data for analysis.

P and I built a prototype cutoff wire from twisted fishing line. I got to
refresh my extremely stale fishing knot skills (I think I was 8 the last
time I used them. Grandad and I used to fish) and the results
are...adequate. It's a bit short, and tying off the free ends was extremely
challenging. The next one will be better, and since that's the whole point
of a prototype, I'm pleased.
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Yesterday I cleaned up the garden a bit, pulled a rutabaga (impressively
big!), most of the garlic (disappointingly small), and some orach greens,
and planted another set of pole beans. Did the laundry since the weather
was good, and hit the farmers market where we got blueberries, peaches,
sour cherries, pickling cucumbers, green beans, red veined dandelion
greens, zucchini, and sunflower sprouts. Saw J there and chatted with him
and his little one, who is really into cauliflower (and super adorable).

I finished cutting and sewing the muslin for my tunic, but it turned out
far too loose at the side seams and had something weird going on at the
back shoulder (surprise surprise). I released the side seams and split the
back horizontally at the fullest part of the weirdness, inserted a strip of
fabric and had P help me pin it into position. Low rounded back adjustment!
I pinned the side seams back in place and just finished marking the
adjusted seam lines before it was time for bed. Crossing fingers it will
fit now...
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Yesterday I sorted through a big box of 50 vintage & antique sewing
patterns I bought on eBay! About half of them were compelling; the rest
will go back out for auction along with some of the less interesting
patterns that came in the sewing cabinet.

I picked out a simple tunic pattern to start with, ironed it and picked
through the previously-cut pieces to find the view and size I wanted,
traced off the major pieces and made all my length and width adjustments.
The back shoulder is still problematic but I think I have something that
might work, so I'll be cutting a muslin to test it out.

Food was pretty okay! As much as I love visiting family I'm glad to be back
in my own house with familiar utensils and ingredients. I didn't realize
how much background anxiety I was getting from not knowing how long various
foods had been hanging around. When it comes to pantry staples, that's a
pretty silly thing to be worried about, but anxietybrain isn't exactly
logical to begin with.
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Yesterday's flights were uneventful, but I did have the joy of navigating
the worst day of my period while restricted to airport bathrooms. Not my
favorite, but survived. Damn thing came a week early.

But I'm hoooooooome now and everything is the right shape and size and
smell and wow do I love our house.
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Yesterday we went back to Port Gamble to see if the quilting shop there
(that looked like they had All The Embroidery Floss when we went on Sunday)
had floss to match the rayon on Gerty's table runner project. Alas, no
rayon at all, let alone matching colors. They pointed us at joann's but I
might just go online instead.

P made pasta with eggs from the chickens (very fresh but they need to eat
more bugs; the yolks were a bit pale) and I made a sauce from the rest of
the kale and some chopped walnuts. Hard to go wrong with greens and nuts.
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Yesterday was another semi rough day; I had a nap which seemed to help. The
neighbors put on about an hour's worth of nice fireworks and we were able
to watch from the deck. It was overwhelming (darkness, bright lights, loud
noises) until dad brought out earplugs for everyone and then I was
magically fine! So that's good to know. I wonder if that would work in a
movie theater?
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Yesterday I still felt gross when I woke up, so had a rest day on the couch
with mom, knitting, and the Great British Sewing Bee. Had a much better
food day, and wound up going on a field trip to Central Market (the local
pcc/whole foods clone) for mezze ingredients and helping P make pita. It
turns out the tava does not play nice with an induction cooker, but it
worked great on the gas grill. Mom and dad are converts :)
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Yesterday we went to the Poulsbo farmers market and got real, correct,
rainier and bing cherries. P prefers the bings, which is wrong but I love
him anyway.

We tooled around Poulsbo for a bit afterwards and mom and I went to a
quilting shop (really amazing batiks! Viking ship batiks!) while P had a
perfect cup of coffee on the quayside. We went to a neat little used
bookstore, a yarn store where I bought a souvenir skein of locally-dyed
yarn (superwash merino, but that was all they had) and ogled their
inventory of washed fleece and their Clemes & Clemes drum carder (a
crankless, which is not the model I want but it's still the first time I've
seen a C&C in person), and a spectacular bakery (Sly's?) where P got a
gingerbread man and a couple of pfefferkuken.

I had some sister chatting time, lots of mom chats, some
kitten-napping-on-lap time, and some knitting time while watching another
craftsy class on fitting (which is not all that great but I'm reserving
final judgement until I see her treatment of swayback).

P and I did the crossword and made some progress on the DaVinci puzzler.

Great start to a vacation, basically.
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Yesterday was all airplanes and airports. We had a minor delay on our first
leg, and some distressing turbulence, but otherwise everything was
uneventful.
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Super-glad I took yesterday off; I felt pretty crappy and was able to kick
around the house and pack over several sessions instead of trying to go to
work and do all my packing in the evening.

A few years ago we took a mid-century sewing machine cabinet off a friend
who was getting rid of a bunch of furniture. Yesterday was the first time I
opened it up to see about getting it working again. It's a White Rotary
model 77. There's a flat spot on the rubber roller linkage-thing between
the motor and the flywheel that needs to be replaced, the electrics should
all be replaced so I didn't plug it in (you can see copper at the plug
joint), and I wasn't able to turn the mechanism by hand so something in
there is seized. I'll need to get it moving again with some sort of
penetrating oil before I can take everything apart for a proper cleaning
and oiling. Yesterday I figured between the electrics and the rubber majig
it would need to be restored by a professional, but today I'm feeling more
competent so maybe I will see about doing it myself. There've got to be
books on this kinda thing.

Bonus: it came with a big bunch of attachments, including four hemmers in
various sizes, a binder for folding applying and top stitching bias tape
all in one go, a five-stitch ruffler, and a large mystery attachment that
may be another more complicated ruffler. Or maybe an early walking foot? I
have to look it up and see.

It doesn't do a zig-zag stitch, but it does backstitch, which covers the
vast majority of my sewing. Plus, the thing is a tank, the speed controller
is knee-activated, and when it's open the amount of space on the table is
truly luxurious.
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Yesterday was exhausting for no apparent reason. P helped greatly by
driving me so I didn't have to be on a bus. There were naps, which helped.
I'm anxious about the Seattle trip but that is nothing new. Our flights are
all at reasonable times and the layovers aren't too tight. I'll have plenty
of time to pack today as I was smart and gave myself an extra day off work
for prep. We cleaned out the fridge for trash night. J is keeping an eye on
the garden while we're away. I have plenty of rescue meds if it comes to
that, though I was able to breathe my way through yesterday all right. Just
have to hang on for the next two days.
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Yesterday I did the buttons and buttonholes, with a small detour to
hand-bind the lower buttonhole because past me decided leaving the zipper
tape a bit long inside the waistband would be okay. The metal zipper. Right
where the button hole would be. 🙄I managed to not break a needle, but just
barely. Anyway the shorts look and fit even better with buttons, and I'm
just waiting for a slightly warmer day to take photos outside.

What to sew next? I'm thinking another top, but I should make sure I have
better measurements first.

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