Make it Monday // Seamwork Patsy

This skirt is from the Seamwork, skill building pattern collection.

Patsy: With subscriber’s bonus – pleats.

I have been working on this skirt since it came out; not sure if that was two or three months ago, and really not wanting to look. Let’s go with two! I can’t say I loved the farmgirl version, original Patsy, but this shorter pleated version definitely got my attention.

Short Patsy with pleats as posted by Seamwork. (L) and Elisalex’s Raw Silk version (R) – hers is much more 50 vibe than the religious oppression version I cooked up.

Perfectly timed, I had just seen a blogger I follow (Elisalex of By Hand London fame) make a similar tea length version without a pattern right before this pattern was released. For mine, I did a dark pink faux silk, fully lined version, with added inseam pockets. In full disclosure, I left it below the knee length and joked with my SIL that it looked like a religious oppression skirt. The length plus pleats was not a winning combination for me.

I was trying to get a similar shot – for comparison to the one above. This is what Brendon did. Hmmm. I really need to scope out a wall at the new place for my photos and set up the tripod; my photographers are getting more resistant.

I shortened it and am pretty happy with the results. Unfortunately, my waist size changed during the long duration between muslin and skirt and now it’s a bit baggy, which I could do without. I’m kind of kicking myself for not trying it on during construction as I had to redo the zipper twice and I could’ve easily taken it in either of those times. Oh well. Worked pretty well with bike shorts underneath on Sunday.

One item of note is the whole skirt is French seamed. Meaning there are no raw, fraying edges lurking about in the inside. Even the pockets!! Eeek!! Thank you League of Dressmakers sewing group for the assist and helping me take my sewing up a notch. Inside the skirt at pocket (L). Outside at the pocket (R). This fabric is a real chameleon – the color is constantly changing.

Stepping out in my Patsy for church. This is as good as it gets with 30 minutes to shower and dress after a 3 mile run, feeding kids and cutting hubby’s hair. Nothing like cramming a few things in before 9:00am. And don’t think Hubby was too tolerant of the photo taking either. Haha.

And for a bit of bad news….whomp, whomp, whomp. I had planned to make the Astoria top to go with this skirt. Wouldn’t that have looked cute?! Then the long sleeve t-shirt Alice came out this month and I decided at the 11th hour to make that. Only my computer stopped talking to my printer and I was so frustrated I printed the pattern using Hubby’s computer.

Weeeellll, you know how there is the test square on the first sheet to make sure the pattern prints the correct size? I noticed it was a touch, a tad, an itty bitty bit small. Turns out that makes a BIG difference. After all my careful sewing and finishing. I can’t get my arms into the Alice top I made. Waaahhhh. Should’ve stuck to tried and true Astoria! A real bummer.


Mixed Bag Week

The biggest hurdle of the past two weeks has been the back to school/work/cleaning routines. Both weeks, I’ve been super motivated on Monday, deep cleaning the hall bathroom even! (thinking how clean my house would be if I did one item to this level each day), by Tuesday my enthusiasm for cleaning was over, and Wednesday. Ugh. Wednesday. I just suffer through Wednesdays at this point in a fog of tiredness. Staying up too late Monday and Tuesday I guess.

But this week has been a mixed bag of emotions. Another layer of “fun”, if you will. On Monday, my bone density scan results were in. I somehow knew it wasn’t going to be good. Probably that old stress fracture in my shin, starting to ache last week was tipping me off. I went with much dread to this appointment. And as it turned out, my bones are to the density level of osteoporosis at this point. Already at age 42. Seriously?! I don’t even know if the doctor quite knew how to take it; it’s likely, as a GP, she doesn’t see many ‘young’ ladies with osteoporosis, who have never smoked and have no other markers for it.

If I was post menopause and 65, it’d be an easy answer. Medicine. At only 42 and definitely pre-menopause (although, I’d be happy to be on the other side at this point), there is no easy answer. Especially for a runner. My hubby is an excellent health researcher and was able to determine, given my age there is likely some other cause of the thin bone density and who knows how long it’s been where it is now.  But what to do?

I spent the week not running. If you are a runner or live with a runner, you know this is not a happy situation for anyone in the house. A runner who is not running is a caged tigress; putting it very mildly. After a few outbursts last night and waking up at 3:30am today to start my next organize and purge cycle on the office, it was time to get outside. Nothing was going to solve my bone density in the short term and not running was definitely not the answer!

So here I am, figuring out the next step for my bone density issues. Still running, shorter distances only and walking downhills to minimize impact, until we find out more. It’s very likely I will have to give up running before I am mentally prepared to do so, but I will enjoy it as long as I am able.

As I said earlier, if I must run shorter, I will run fast(er).  I’m typing this post and my mom messages me the air quality index , saying we should stay indoors. oops! That would explain my sore throat.

And as a side note: I finally was able to come up with some design ideas on a project I’ve been struggling with. Yet, another reason to keep running!

Happy Friday!

If you are wondering how/why I even went for the bone density scan in the first place….Back in May, I went to my GP because my stomach was hurting for several weeks, which turned out to be high fructose related hubby and I figured out after my appointment. The doctor had me run a routine blood test and also checked my Vitamin D levels, which came back strangely low. This prompted the bone density scan. Would I have ever checked this otherwise? Never. I go to the doctor maybe once every other year, when I’m seriously ill (or pregnant). I’d encourage other ladies to have their Vitamin D checked – especially if you are of thinner build.