The mice will play

(or at least sew) while the cat (or Thing 3) is away.

Thing 3 left last week for Maine, and she’ll be gone until the end of the month. Thing 1 and 2 are doing their summer stuff (working and hanging out). That means I can leave my sewing machine on the dining room table as often I am my only company in the evening.

This long weekend I was particularly industrious (sometimes I fool myself into thinking I could give China a run for its money in the garment-making business, but then I’m completely exhausted after concentrating too much on my top stitching, and think, ‘nope.’):

First: I hacked up my blue chambray shirt dress. I know, I know, I was particularly pleased with this, but the 2nd or 3rd time I wore it, a few seams in the bodice started to separate (I didn’t add enough ease, or my seam allowances were too big). Wanting to be a good pioneer, I hacked off the skirt from the bodice, added a grosgrain ribbon waistband, back zip and pleats and called it done. The pockets aren’t fully functional, and the zip is slightly off kilter, but it works.

Then I saw this cute pom-pom scarf, so I had to make two. Because you just can’t have enough pom-pom scarves.

I’m trying to plan ahead for my trip to Europe THAT’S IN LESS THAN A MONTH!!! We’re moving around quite a bit, and I don’t want to overpack as we may be stuck carrying bags while waiting to check into hotels, etc., so my plan is 4 bottoms, 4 tops, 2 sweaters, some accessories, and 2 pair of shoes plus 2 running kits.  The pom-pom scarf will count as an accessory.  I’ve also decided to make myself one of the sweaters. Because there’s plenty of time. Especially if I stop doing everything else for the next few weeks. Which is completely within the realm of possible since Thing 3’s at camp.  Although I do tend to overestimate my free time.

After our horribly muggy week last week, this weekend was just about as perfect as a summer weekend can get, and accordingly I squeezed in a two runs–10 miles on Saturday, 4 today. In between the sewing and running, I was also able to finish up Orange is the New Black, and make a pie.

That cat may be away, but who said anything about play?

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