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Yesterday I cut and sewed major seams on a longer pair of leggings made out
of double-brushed polyester. It is incredibly soft, but also shifty as
hell. Next is adding the skirt band, which should be easier since it’s only
one layer of the DBP.

I’ve started experimenting with using Trello to file all my fabric, and
eventually patterns and projects too. So far it’s way nicer than
Patternreviews, though that’s a pretty low bar.

P and M had Mineo’s for dinner, and M is scheming to bring some Everyday
Noodles back to Ann Arbor with him. I wholeheartedly approve.

Weird dreams about using an ancient computer in an apartment complex lobby
where I didn’t live to order a free copy of a book for a K12 English class
I wasn’t taking, then riding in the jump seat of an increasingly
broken-down vintage Porsche until we had to get out and push. We pushed it
all the way up the stairs of a burned-out high school which somehow
included an abandoned Market Basket, where we collected ingredients to make
ice cream and I planned to make magic shell topping.
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Hemmed my leggings, and they are great! Just in time for it to be too cold
for them though — I'd cut them off just below the knee to save fabric. So,
next is a longer pair.

Thursdays are set to be late days this semester, as our group meeting
starts when I’d normally be heading out for the bus.

M got in safely and went to the hardcore show.
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Yesterday I sewed my second leggings prototype together, made a slight
adjustment to the crotch curve, and now they are perfect! Then I cut out a
wide yoga-style waistband after thinking carefully about the waist-hip
geometry. As soon as I picked up the pieces I realized they were all wrong
— I put the narrower waist bit in the center instead of at the ends. I
figured out a way to attach it right way up anyhow, it just required top
stitching the hip ends together (which I promptly did upside-down so the
weird zigzag side of the twin needle stitches shows instead of the nice
coverstitch-y side but at this point I’m deciding it’s fine). About halfway
through sewing it occurred to me to check the stretch %age of the band
fabric to make sure it matched the 50% all-way of the main fabric, and
surprise, it’s like 20% one way and mechanical stretch only the other way.
Thankfully it seems to fit great anyhow (hooray for self-drafted
patterns!). Only thing left is the hem.

Did the trash, and flipped the bedding in the guest room to prepare for M’s
arrival today. Picked some beans and a pepper. The summer squash is having
some trouble; I have it laid out on the grass but I think the dew is
exacerbating the everpresent leaf mildew problem.
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Yesterday I hid in the AC and watched embroidery videos.

P stopped at the Indian grocer and got me two kinds of okra. I fried some
of the fresh pods in oil with eggplant, and it was stunningly good. The
next round of dal is a combination of mung and urad.
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Yesterday I tried carving a deeper crotch curve, and fudging a shallower
one out of the seam allowance. Shallower wins! Which nobody recommended.
Figures.

I've drawn a new curve on my sloper and have another test run cut out.

They're repaving Greenfield Ave, which meant the outbound buses were
completely hosed. I walked up to Murray and caught a 61 instead.

The house has succumbed to the heat wave, so we have the AC back on. Ate
too late to water yesterday so I might try after breakfast.
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Yesterday I chopped a bunch of length off the top of my leggings, and
tested out a wide foldover waistband. I either need more width at the hip
or a stretchier fabric. Plus when taking close-up photos I discovered some
weird folds at the crotch. I probably need to reshape the crotch curve,
though it's not clear whether it should be deeper or shallower. I've put a
post in the fb group. I am unexpectedly sensitive about asking for help
with this -- the group has gotten really big really fast, and it's clear
it's starting to suffer from the usual internet disease of the least
helpful people being the first to respond. I felt myself getting defensive
so I've put it away until later, when hopefully some of the more
experienced folks will have a chance to see it.

We went to the market and got beans, plums, Chinese eggplant, a tiny melon,
and two kinds of apples. I steamed and froze the beans, and tallied up all
of what I've frozen so far. It's more than I thought but there's still a
ways to go to match what I went through last winter.

Picked some peppers, meal spinach, and beans from the garden, and watered
it thoroughly after dinner (6 gallons per 3x8' bed). Didn't get around to
clearing the flowers out of the front walk, as it got dark fast.
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Yesterday I dug up all three remaining varieties of potatoes. Yields were
small for the russets and the german butterball but the kennebecs went
totally bonkers and I had five as big as two fists plus another bag full of
mediums and smalls. I dumped the soil in the old onion bed. It was super
heavy but I was just able to manage it.

Did the laundry and took the rest of the day off. Worked on some
embroidery, patched a pair of pants, mostly just sat and listened to audio
books.
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Yesterday I sewed an elastic waistband onto my leggings, and it seems to
fit okay. I might take it off and reattach it for a lower rise.

Picked some beans, and watered the carrots, peppers, and zucchini. We're
not supposed to see rain for another week, which is good for the corn, but
bad for everything else.
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Yesterday I cut and sewed major seams on leggings for me! They fit, so next
is adding a waistband and hemming.

T and friend were sent safely off to Niagara. E seems fun! They visited the
Mattress Factory on their way out but I haven't heard back to see what they
thought.

I tried the frying trick with a wee globe eggplant P brought back from the
teaching garden, and it dissolved into goo instead. Delicious goo. But
still goo.
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Yesterday I finished sewing the elastic into P's shorts, but they have
mysteriously turned out too large. I suspect the elastic is too long, but
we may also wind up taking in the sides. He's taking a couple days to
decide, and will wear them with the drawstrings pulled in as a test. In the
meantime I'm going to see if I can get a muslin Sewn for my leggings.

Picked a pile of beans and peppers, steamed and froze them. There was also
another white summer squash.
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Yesterday I attached the reinforcement panel to the crotch of the shorts,
and started on the elastic waistband. I initially used a zigzag stitch, but
now that I think of it, it's a woven, and won't be able to stretch farther
than its full extension anyway. So maybe I'll switch back to a straight
stitch for the rest of it.

In the evening T and I made Indian. I had him more-or-less follow a recipe
from the vegetarian Jaffrey book, and I made rice with whole spices and
some improvised dry-cooked vegetables. It was pretty good!
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Yesterday I faux-flat-fell finished the side seams of the shorts, and sewed
and finished the center front/back/crotch seam. I clipped the seam
allowances at the edge of where the reinforcement panel is going to go, so
that I can sew the panel to the seam allowance pressed open. I finished the
edges of the panel, as you would a facing.

P taught an olla workshop, where a good time was had by all.

T arrived safely, after three (!) flights and a Lyft. He'll be here for a
few days touring around museums with a local friend, and then they're
driving up to Niagara to visit my cousin, aunt and uncle.
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Yesterday I sewed inseam pockets, back pockets, and side seams for the
shorts. I apparently forgot how inseam pockets work, because I had to rip
them out twice.

Did the laundry and went to the market. Got bread, crimson crisp apples, an
eggplant, some summer squash, kale, more false hots, onions, and prune
plums. P might hook up the sqhill food pantry folks with the teaching
garden to donate some of the surplus produce, which would be cool.

P canned another dozen pints of tomato sauce, and I picked peppers, beans,
and the first two ears of Hopi blue corn from the house garden.
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Yesterday was super productive! P went to the field day event at the
teaching garden and I stayed home and did All The Things. I flipped the
bedding in the blue room, cleared out the remaining detritus from Wooster
that was still in there (whoops), and finished resetting the
pseudo-dim-room I used to make cyanotype papers back into a bathroom. For a
moment it looked like there were going to be Prussian Blue stains in the
tub but washing soda took care of them.

I washed the fabric for P's shorts and developed a better scheme for
hanging large panels to dry on the clothesline, and washed two loads of
sheets and towels including bleaching some of the dish towels that have
seen forgotten bits of vegetation a few too many times.

I made a fresh batch of dal, and toasted more coriander and cumin.

I found an error in my leggings draft, fixed it, and re-inked it. I also
watched the rest of the class videos, on tracing (bc the seam allowances
are nontrivial) and assembly. I'm not sure my machine will cooperate with
the elastic method they recommend; I'll have to play around and see.

I accordion-folded the shorts fabric, re-aligned and ironed the ends where
they'd got mangled in the wash, and cut out all the pattern pieces. I dug
out the pieces from the old shorts and traced off a reinforcement panel to
hopefully keep the crotch from wearing out so fast. Crotch geometry is
always a bit challenging but thankfully I still had the muslin in a useful
state for prototyping.
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Yesterday I added two inches to the front crotch curve for more leg room in
front and carved out most of an inch at the actual front crotch area to
mitigate the cod piece effect. It worked great, so I took apart the muslin
and transferred the changes to the pattern. I've trued the ends of the
twill and packaged it up for washing, but there's so much of it that I'm
concerned about adequate water penetration. I soaked it overnight and we'll
see if that works.

I've been listening to Redwall by Brian Jacques, which is a fun blast from
the past. The flatness of the antagonist, the riddles, and the love
interest are all pretty annoying but juuust balanced out by some of the
other characters. I'm hoping things improve as he gets more practice, since
the first time around I never read past Salamandastron and there are like
ten more books after that now.
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Yesterday I sewed in the elastic and it looks like they fit okay, though I
have way higher standards for fit than P does. I might fuss with the front
a bit as they bind at the leg when he moves, and there's some weird
bagginess at the center front seam.

Really excellent meeting at work brainstorming and working on the design of
our new modular research system. If you do computing research and haven't
tried CodaLab, I highly recommend it. We're going to integrate it as the
implementation/experimentation level, with a few different abstraction
layers on top.

Weird dream last night solving a puzzle hunt escape room jumanji thing.
"Hurricane at sea" was not my favorite puzzle, but there was bonus optional
gravity, so, a mixed bag.
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Yesterday I sewed all the major seams for the shorts muslin, and they seem
to go on okay for P. I'm going to test the elastic length and the pocket
position and then switch to real fabric.

Picked some more beans and peppers, and there will be corn soon too!

Got a lovely haircut. Also, my stylist said "forgive me if this sounds a
little weird but you have a really nice shaped head for this cut" --
apparently they just did a class about head shapes. So that was cute :)

Disorganized people at the teaching garden are trying to foist blame on P
again, which sucks. Thankfully, it sounds like he was in a good
brook-no-fools state about it. Boundaries are so hard to establish, but
every little bit of practice helps.

We've been watching a series of YouTube videos on cutting an enormous wild
bee hive out of a fallen tree in Texas (pre-Harvey) and it's fascinating.
The channel is Daddy Kirbs Farm if you want to check it out -- they are
long, but oddly soothing in their methodicalness.
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Yesterday I traced and cut basic pattern pieces for P's shorts from muslin
(including seam allowance) and sewed side seams.

The new route for the 58 has exactly one stop in sqhill, and outbound it's
conveniently across the street from Allegro. I got new bread and hopped a
61 the rest of the way to campus.
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Yesterday I finished taking apart P's shorts, pressed out all the wrinkles
from the elastic, seams, and hems, and traced them onto pattern paper. I
included hem allowances but no seam allowances since most of the edges had
been finished with a serger and were thus too narrow. I also drew out a
larger pocket bag for the inseam since P says the old ones were a little
small.

I picked a satisfactory quantity of beans, particularly the blaus are
starting to bear well. The peppers are ripening, and I got an Odessa and a
couple of bolrogs. The bolrog isn't a great eating pepper (I put some in
last night's soup but the skin is quite tough) so I might dry and grind
them, since that's what they're purportedly used for in Hungary.

The corn is starting to dry; I'm pretty excited to try it parched and
ground.
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Yesterday we went to the farmers market and got beans, paste tomatoes,
carrots, and mouse melons. I blanched and froze the beans, did the laundry,
and started drafting some leggings for me, but stalled out on the waist
curve because my front and back rise were nearly identical and that
seems... wrong. So, after dinner I switched to taking apart a pair of P's
old shorts to be duplicated. I was pleased to discover the drawstring
elastic I bought on a whim is an exact match to what's inside the waistband
on the old ones. Go past self!

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