Tuesday, November 14, 2006

*trying to come up with a clever title*

My next tutoring student is late, so I thought I'd snatch a minute on Blogger :). Consider this a random set of ramblings :).

I'm in the midst of trying to get some sewing projects completed. Nothing particularly interesting, mainly just blouse alterations. I've found it easiest and most cost-effective to purchase second-hand blouses in good condition and then alter them to fit. I alter clothing more than I sew new clothing, usually :). I was at JoAnn recently and found some pretty dark blue micro-suede-type fabric on sale for $2.99/yard (regular $6.99), so I bought enough to make a nice, ankle-length winter skirt, which I hope to complete in the next few weeks. I'm hoping to make it with a 6-gore pattern if I have enough yardage. Maybe I'll post pictures when/if it gets completed :).

The women's Bible study for my church wrapped up the fall session today. We studied Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Definitely an interesting study! Being the only single woman in a study on SoS is, um, interesting ;-). Hehe. I'm thankful for the chance to delve into some of the Old Testament poetry, which I had previously neglected, except for cursory reads. And I'm convinced that Shakespeare read Song of Solomon as inspiration for his sonnets :).

Hannah and I spent a few hours at the park this afternoon. Bee-yoo-ti-ful! It's been unseasonably warm the last few days, and I'm trying to soak it in before winter sets in. This fall has been absolutely breathtaking! We have so many hardwoods in our neighborhood that have turned all beautiful colors to enjoy. We never did make it up to northern Georgia this year, to do some leaf-gazing, but that's quite all right. There was plenty to look at in Metro Atlanta :).

In advance, please excuse my inattention to Blogger in the next 6 weeks or so. I will be around, but I plan on having more limited time in weeks to come. We're planning several out-of-town visits through December, as well as hosting out-of-town guests a few times. I love December, because I usually get to see so many far-away friends that I don't get to see very often :). Our flurry of visits begins this weekend as I travel to Alabama to visit my good friend Emily. I'm excited at the prospect!

Hmm. It's now 4:25. I think my student is not coming. *scratches head in confusion* Oh well, that means I get to do the dishes now, before my next student comes at 5:00! Ta-ta.


Angie said...

Oh, do please post pictures of your skirt when you finish it! I love to see skirts that other girls have sewn.

Also, I was wondering where you get your secondhand clothes. Does your town have a re-sale shop or something like that? Anyway, thanks ahead of time for answering.

Susan said...

I will try to get some pictures posted when I finish the skirt, Angie :). I hope to get it done in the next few weeks!

I mainly shop at Goodwill, which is a secondhand shop (all over the US) whose proceeds go to charity. There is such an assortment of quality at any secondhand place, so the key is to weed through the bad to find the good :). There are also other independent secondhand shops near us, but I usually don't have success finding things there, except books :).

zan said...

Is a trumpet skirt like a mermaid skirt? It is so hard to find a skirt that actually fits my waist. My waist isn't that thin, but everything is so huge or wicked tight (sorry, Ashley's husband). I was actually going to hire my sister to make me some clothes since I can't sew. Believe me, I have tried.

Anna Naomi said...

I enjoyed your rambly post, Susan. =) It's fun to see what's going on in your life. I second Angie - I always enjoy seeing pictures of people's sewing projects! You're going to Alabama? Neat! Where abouts? =)

Believe me, I understand your warning about not many posts. It's been happening to me already for a few weeks, and shall probably continue for who knows how long!

Susan said...

A trumpet skirt is synonymous with a gored skirt, Zan, if that helps. A gored skirt is typically 6-8 panels, 3-4 in front and the same in back. Each piece looks like a trumpet, starting slender at the waist and gradually flaring on the descent. So you don't get as much extra bulk around the hips and waist, but you get a very pretty full skirt below, that has a fun swish!

An elastic waist may be a nice solution to fitting, Zan. My hips and waist are out of proportion, so I sometimes have trouble finding proper sizing.

I'm not entirely sure where I'm going, actually, Anna. I just e-mailed my friend for directions. Emily used to live in Huntsville, but just moved to another part of AL. I think it's near a dinky town called Bangor?? Somewhere within an hour's drive of Birmingham, I'm pretty sure. I was wondering a few days ago if that was anywhere near where you are, but unfortunately this trip is going to be too quick to stop by anyway :(. We really do need to work out a meeting sometime! We don't live all that far apart, compared to my other blogging friends.

Anna Naomi said...

Never heard of Bangor, but I do know where Huntsville and Birmingham are (obviously!). Yes, we do need to try to meet sometime! I'll be meeting my "twin" blogger at Christmas, which will be fun. She lives in Nebraska, so Atlanta definitely is a lot closer. Someday... =)

Susan said...

I'm so excited for you that you get to meet your "twin," Anna. Jennifer, if I remember correctly? That is so fun :).

Becky Miller said...

I LOVE gores.