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Yesterday I prototyped a velcro strap for the bag, and I think it's going
to work although the hand sewing is difficult. I've made three more straps
with the intention of sewing on one a day. I'll have to bust out some more
canvas to do the last two. In the meantime I've started sketching for a new
skirt. I know I want inverted box pleats with a contrast underlay, but I
don't want extra bulk around the waist and hips so I either need a yoke or
some way to secure the underlays lower down, probably via hand-stitching to
the seam allowances. I also plan to half-fell the seams this time.

Laundry got done, the market got done (blueberries peaches eggplant summer
squash parsley cucumber and a tomato), I cut the soap and it's beautiful, I
cleared out the enormous elecampane stalks and a bunch of leaves to
hopefully let a little more sun and air at the root vegetables.

I've been wading through a major mood/body funk and it crested in the
afternoon. Sort of depressive, sort of frustrative, part exhaustion,
probably part dehydration too. Reading a sewing facebook group helped,
cleaning the cutting/design table in the sewing room helped, gardening
helped, drinking fluids helped, taking the wash in helped. So, a
combination of aspirational and small completible tasks.
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Yesterday I finished the bag! Mostly. I still have to sew on the velcro
straps that will attach it to the bike. But then it's done!

Next I'm sewing the Rhapsody top from Love Notions out of some linen blend
crepe.

I made soap, a lavender-thyme blend. I was smart and reserved the thyme for
a small portion of the batch, hand stirred it in and immediately poured as
it started to heat up. I managed to get it smoothed before it set up, then
was able to take my time with swirls on the rest of the batter.
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Yesterday I stitched another tricky seam on the lining of the bag, and
ordered a bunch of twill samples from fabric.com in prep for shorts for P.
I attempted to start using the queue feature on patternreview, but it's
sufficiently terrible that I gave up and used a spreadsheet instead.

Stopped by the tiny farmers market in front of the library to get more
blueberries as I've been blowing through them in the morning oatmeal.
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Yesterday I sewed the top back seams on the bike bag (and I remembered the
pull tabs this time, hooray!). I did have to do the tricky thick bits by
hand, but my hand stitching has gotten better with all the practice so I'm
pretty confident in it.

Busy therapist appointment; the Seattle trip had a lot to unpack. I love
seeing my family but unfortunately that doesn't magically make it easier to
deal when my anxiety/nausea floor is high. Wish it did.
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Yesterday I sewed the curved seams for the main fabric and the lining
(including sewing one of them on backwards and having to redo it). I also
discovered I'd put the zipper in going the wrong direction, but as it
doesn't interfere too much with the operation of the bag I'm going to leave
it that way. I did wind up hand-sewing the narrow bits of the lining seams,
because the top-stitching on the zipper (which I wasn't able to do last
time) made it too difficult to fold the uninvolved fabric out of the way
far enough to get it through the machine. The larger seam allowances are a
huge help regardless.

P went to the garden and brought home beets (with their greens),
rattlesnake beans, and a small carrot.

I got a haircut. As I mentioned on instagram, it's a little bit Ramona
Quimby but I like it.

I've started shopping for future sewing projects. I'm planning some black
twill shorts for P (which is surprisingly sparse online, I would have
thought there'd be dozens of options), and for me, a coat (which will be a
big adventure, but I want a boiled wool in a rich blue plum or red so it's
going to take some shopping around), button-down shirts, and either a
double cloth shift dress for when it gets hot again or a lightweight terry
skirt like my favorite orange one. In my more immediate queue are another
long linen godet skirt in a dusty grape color and a flowy shirt in this
great green linen/elastane crepe.
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Yesterday I pieced, cut, interfaced, and stay stitched the lining pieces
for draft two of the bag.

Had a physical, all is well, excepting of course all the things that are
not. Dr is much less concerned about my weight than I am, especially
considering that I'm seeing a nutritionist for dietary stuff and a
therapist for anxiety stuff. I suppose it's true that at this point I've
been underweight for years. That doesn't mean I'm happy about it, but maybe
it's okay if that's a new normal.
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Yesterday I played with some different seam and interface treatments (which
I should have done in the first place; learning experience!): single layer
of canvas, double layer of canvas, pellon interfacing extending to 1/8"
before the seamline. I showed them to P, and we like the strength of the
double canvas for most of the bag, and the structure of the pellon for the
bottom panels to help prevent sagging. I've also separated the back face to
a separate pattern piece, so that the extra seamline will provide some
additional structure and definition to the transition there.

Food wise I've started to crave nuts in my rice+stuff meals, which is a
good sign. I tried some mung dal over the weekend in a mujadara with some
success so that's another protein source I can use. Weight is still pretty
obstinate. We'll see.
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Yesterday I sewed the canvas body on backwards and had to unpick it. The
tight corners that were difficult to see on the lining are impossible on
the canvas, so I'm sewing them by hand with a whip stitch. It's a little
rough in my hands but I'm getting good practice at sewing with a thimble.
Half a seam to go and then I can embark on turning the darn thing.

We went to the farmers market and got blueberries, peaches, sour cherries,
red chard, a gigantic candy onion, zucchini, beans, dandelion greens,
parsley, and a tomato. Forgot to stop at geagle and get carrots and yogurt,
so that will have to happen separately.

While hiding in the AC I started an embroidery project; nothing specific
just practice. My French knots are atrocious but my stem stitch is okay.
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Yesterday I fused and stay-stitched the lining pieces, and started
construction. The zipper went in okay, although the machine couldn't quite
handle the second side (my alignment was a bit off) so I did that one by
hand. The canvas pieces are wicked stiff, so I've left them alone in favor
of doing most of the lining assembly first. The curves went together more
easily this time as I was very careful to mark my seam allowances
precisely. I have one more set of seams to do (the narrow, difficult end,
naturally) and then I can see about the canvas side. I will probably need a
hammer.

P and I went to Costco in the afternoon and re-upped on nuts and paper
products. They also had a set of flattish project boxes that should be
perfect for stashing my sewing queue.
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Yesterday I cut lining fabric and most of the interfacing for the lining. I
also took a block of "otter wax," a fabric waterproofing blend of beeswax
and vegetable oils, and waxed the canvas pieces. Normally you'd do this to
a finished garment and let it cure, but as I'm doing it to pieces I intend
to sew I ironed the waxed pieces (under paper towels and scrap fabric to
protect my iron) to melt the wax into the fibers, more like a standard
waxed canvas fabric. The results are a bit streaky but should keep the
contents of the bag dry in a light rain.
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Yesterday I finished cutting all the parts of the canvas layer, including
interfacing and a muslin underlining since the interfacing I have is
double-sided. I fused all the pieces, then stitched in the seam allowance
for insurance. I ironed and trued up the lining fabric, and I have a
cutting layout done, just need to mark, cut, and staystitch and then I can
start sewing seams. Though on second thought, I happen to know the lining
fabric shrinks and goes crinkly in the wash, so I might interface it just
in case. This thing is going to be sturdy as hell, but he plans to keep a
chain lock in it, so it has to be.

P put the AC in the window, which gives us a comfortable space to retreat
to when the heat gets oppressive. We've started to save for a small-oriface
whole-house system but it's going to be awhile before we can afford it.
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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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