DarleneW101's Journal, 10 May 2012

This is going to be a very long road. Good thing it is the scenic route so I won't mind how long it takes me to get there.

I'm sewing myself a silk charmeuse and lace nightgown and doing it by hand so far. I'm reading through a couture sewing book so I'm practicing techniques as I make it. This one has been fitted so that I can wear it now when it is done. Usually my sewing is a size too small on purpose so I have to wait to wear it. That system works well for me for two reasons. One, I don't always like something after I've made it. And, two, I really like it once I can get into it nicely.
The black & white rose shirt I'm wearing in the picture I posted today is one that I made last year out of silk chiffon. It isn't perfect but I like it. I've got a few things hanging in the closet now that are small and way too small for me. Items that got too big went to Goodwill.

Ultimately I want to have all of the techniques understood by the time I reach my goal weight and can make myself a Chanel-style jacket. I've got some beautiful navy blue and white wool boucle and a pink silk charmeuse set aside for it.

Diet Calendar Entries for 10 May 2012:
1321 kcal Fat: 95.55g | Prot: 84.33g | Carb: 28.86g.   Breakfast: Light Cream, Bacon, Egg, No Calorie Sweetener Packets. Lunch: Sugar Free Jello, ranch dressing, chicken drumstick, chicken thighs, pollo factory. Dinner: butter, Excellence Extra Fine Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa, ribeye steak, natural peanut butter. Snacks/Other: blackberries, broccoli, garden salad, cauliflower. more...
3660 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 15 minutes, Driving - 30 minutes, Sitting - 6 hours, Standing - 1 hour and 45 minutes, Desk Work - 6 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours, Housework - 1 hour. more...
on diet Atkins  


I remember learning new techniques in sewing. I have a Vogue Sewing book that I learned a lot from. I used to make most of my clothes too. Then I took up sewing for the public to make money and after nearly 5 years of that I was burned out. I still sew, but mostly alterations and repairs for myself and family and home goods like curtains and bedding and such. I've got several projects I'm behind on. Almost bought a serger today at an estate sale, but they wouldn't come down on the price yet. Maybe tomorrow.  
10 May 12 by member: DLynneGarner
We are in it for the long haul aren't we, Darlene? The picture with the black and white shirt is lovely! I understand about not really liking something anymore for a while after you spend a lot of time creating it (heck, I feel the same way about cooking dinner). May I ask, what is a "boucle"? Is that like bias tape? (don't laugh at me) 
11 May 12 by member: rksoup
LOL - now that I think about it, I feel that way about dinner too. And I love to cook. http://www.fashionfabricsclub.... The link is what I bought. Maybe I got rayon, not wool. Boucle is a woven fabric. It is created by using different thicknesses of threads so it has a, I don't know, bumpiness(?) to it.. Like a tweed. Mine is super soft and has a really nice drape to it. And, coupled with the silk lining, should make a really nice jacket. 
11 May 12 by member: DarleneW101
https://www.facebook.com/photo... This is a link to a picture of a dress that I just finished. Not sure if the link will work since it is on Facebook. It is a wraparound dress made of a cotton jersey border print. Naturally, I can't wear it. Once I lose an inch or two in the top it should fit. 
11 May 12 by member: DarleneW101
Huh - I guess II can't post the actual links...  
11 May 12 by member: DarleneW101
Try opening a new journal page and inserting the links. We have more options for editing there. 
11 May 12 by member: DLynneGarner


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