|I was getting punchy...
Now for the sewing aspects of the challenge -- It made me realize I need to address the mending pile. There were a number of things that went unworn because I just haven't gotten to them. I also decided I need to make more shirts -- prior to this I've always felt I had enough (mostly RTW) and it was silly to replace things just so they would be me-made. However, looking through the pictures, I find I look better (and in retrospect felt better) on the days I wore dresses or my lace shirt -- the tailored aspects are more flattering to my figure and make me look more like a woman than a girl. The fact that I am 26 and still occasionally mistaken for a high schooler* has become irritating - yes yes, I'll appreciate it some day, but I think its time to really haul my wardrobe out of grad student and into full on yuppie. (okay, not really, I think the style I'm aiming for could best be described as elegantly eccentric.... aka I'll wear whatever I want, but it will fit properly.)
Anyhow, with this ramble, I will henceforth go back to actual sewing news of all sorts.
*Best example of this occurred about 6 months ago. My company was a sponsor of a big science fair, and there were people from various branches at different booths, trying to get kids excited about studying STEM subjects. Anyhow, I was helping out at my division's, and after duly admiring my work, Mom and I went to look at the rest of the fair. I was more or less familiar with most of the things being shown, so I was standing back and watching her have a blast, doing all the kid activities, asking questions, etc. Anyhow, at this one booth, they were talking about carbon nanotubes, which isn't really my thing, and I couldn't answer her question, so the woman running it turns to me and suggests I ask my science teacher on Monday. (My response that I was (then) 25 and worked in the R&D department of her own company left her a little shocked.)