Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Drafted T-shirt

I purchased Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified several days ago because I wanted to go beyond my measly collection of six patterns without spending too much money. The book begins with drafting a skirt pattern, but I skipped it and tried my hand at making a t-shirt instead. (Though I plan to go back and attempt a skirt so that I can make something like this skirt.) Let me just say that drafting is fun! It takes me back to those math classes of my youth where I would plot points on a graph, connect points, and draw curves. Who knew that being good at geometry would make drafting easier?

Anywho, so I now have a t-shirt pattern for me and only for me (or someone with my exact measurements). Anxious to see how I fared, I purchased a beige striped knit fabric from Stone Mountain, as well as some other knits, cut out the pattern pieces and began sewing. Yesterday I completed the shoulder and side seams. Today, I set the sleeves, added a neckband, and made some minor adjustments. This is the product so far:

All I have to do now is decide whether I want to leave the sleeve and bottom hem unfinished. Part of me wants a nice hemmed t-shirt. The other part of me is lazy and thinks it's fine the way it is.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Santa Cruz with Friends: Day 3

Cherry picking in the front yard

Brunch at Brazil Cafe (during the World Cup, with Brazil playing against Côte d’Ivoire with lame red card event)
Picked up a free box on the sidewalk that had a classic Nintendo and N64 system with games, 2 controllers for each, and 2 zappers!!!
Downtown for the Hat Store, comic book store, and another stop at Chocolate (iced Sophias all around!)
Video game playing
Visit to Pacific Cookie Company's Sweet, Secret Place
Pizza picnic at the beach

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Santa Cruz with Friends: Day 2

Slept in while Albert and Jim ran ~8 miles
Drive along West Cliff
Garage sale - scored shorts and a top for $7, Albert got a blue road bike for $100
Checked out Iveta (awesome chocolate chip scones!!!)
Brunch-ish at Kelly's French Bakery
Olallieberry picking at Gizdich Ranch

Watched Toy Story 3
Pizza My Heart for dinner
Olallieberry shake for dessert

Friday, June 18, 2010

Santa Cruz with Friends: Day 1

Walk to Downtown
Walk to SC Beach Boardwalk
Rode the Giant Dipper for $5
Watched Herman's Hermits play a free concert
Sang Henery the 8th, I Am
Got a rainbow slushee
515 - ordered a cheese plate, and white bean hummus, and truffled pomme frites

Chocolate - ordered an iced Sophia and Warm, Chocolate Cupcake

Invitation to Santa Cruz

An email sent by Albert to friends.

Hi All,

I'd like to invite you all (and feel free to extend the invitation to anyone else whom I might be forgetting or would be interested in going), to spend some time in Santa Cruz. There's a lot to be done here so I'll include a short list:

Brunch at the Brazil Cafe
The Beach
Going to the Boardwalk for roller coasters and Junk Food
Bike riding
Visiting the campus
Strolling through downtown
Going to the lounges/bars (Either the 515 or 99 Bottles) or wine tasting (Either at a winery or my place)
Visiting the Pacific Company Cookie Factory
Mexican food

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Bike

Ever since Albert and I biked around Santa Cruz several weekends ago, I have been coveting for one of my own. I like this one.

And can I have it with this, this, and possibly this?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pay Off

Paid off my car. Feels good to scratch another thing off the debt list.