Thursday, February 17, 2011

7 things.

Thanks Kerry!  I'm a total sucker for flattery.  I did the 7 things about a year ago, and here a 7 more.

The rules are slightly different this time around:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

1 and 2, I can do.  I always break chain letters, end email chains, I'm a party pooper, I know.  I guess that's a freebie fact about me.

1. I have a tattoo that I've been meaning to have embellished, but haven't done so because I can't stand to sit still for that long.  I mean, seriously sit still -- you're not supposed to heavily sweat for 4-6 weeks after going under the needles or you'll bleed out the ink.  It's probably just as well because I'd probably have covered my back by now.

2. Speaking of heavily sweating, I still have yet to complete a marathon without crying like a little girl.

3. Peggy is my favorite Mad Men character.  Everyone seems to love Joan (and I don't deny that she's gorgeous), but every time Peggy is featured on that show, I think "there's my girl!"  I bought some black check buffalo plaid to make a shirt inspired by this dress that she wore in a few episodes of (I think) Season 2.  Then I cut the fabric off-grain.
Oh Peggy, can we be best friends?
4. I have a hard time concentrating without some music in the background.

5.  I used to joke that if I could get paid to sleep, I would accept the position.  And then I found out what happens to people who do those paid sleep studies.  And I haven't joked about getting paid to sleep since then.

6.  I am not on the cutting edge of technology.  I finally joined the 21st century by getting a text plan this summer.  Now I don't know how I ever spent so much time talking into my phone.

7.  That said, I am a veteran Mac user.  I have two at home, and my last two employers provided me one of my choice so that any given time I had three Macs.  At my current job I have a PC and am having a hell of a time trying to figure out how to get anything done. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Another pair of skinnies: Burda 08-2009-127

This is my third pair of pants made from Burda 08-2009-127.  The first pair I made are red cotton sateen, the second pair are denim, and this pair is wool ponte.  These are more like the first pair, as in they are cuffed.

I love this pattern because of the way the seat fits.  Simplicity 3850 used to be my skinny pant pattern, but we broke up after the red pants.  It's nothing against Simplicity.  I actually prefer the legs on the Simplicity pattern over the legs on this one.  I liked the Simplicity pattern because I thought it fit me well in the back, all until I realized that it was giving me what the Fashion Incubator calls mono-butt.  While mono-butt may be the current look in the designer jeans and RTW world, it's not very comfortable.  I didn't know what I was missing out on until I'd made these Burda pants.  And once I knew... well, I can't go back.  You can have skinnies that are also comfortable.  Go figure!

I've worn these twice to work already, the fabric has amazing resiliency.  I wish I had more of it, I would make a dress too. 
Burda 08-2009-127 in black wool ponte, front view

Burda 08-2009-127 in black wool ponte, back view

Burda 08-2009-127 in black wool ponte, side view