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Jul. 23rd, 2004

Oof, I'm tired. I had a very stressful week, workwise, so it was lovely to go out last night with barsine, her beau, and our friend J-Gu. We ate vast amounts of food, I apparently talked ridiculously loudly (even more so than usual!), and we ended up in our usual haunt, upstairs in the Stag's Head, where to my delight we bumped into glitzfrau. I ended up staying there until about half past one (one of P's best friends is the manager, so we stayed behind after hours), and am now very, very tired and a teeny weeny bit hungover.

So tired, in fact, that I am in two minds as to whether to go to the Lali Puna gig tonight. On the plus side, I want to see the band, barsine is definitely going and glitzfrau wants to go too, and I don't want to spend Friday night home alone watching Coronation Street (which is pretty good at the moment actually, so perhaps it wouldn't be so bad settling in to see Cilla the pantomime dame gurn her way through another - curses what am I saying!). On the downside - the tiredness! And also, I'm getting my hair cut at four, which will take about an hour and a half, so I'll have to either hang around town afterwards waiting for the gig to start or go home for about five minutes and come back in again. Oh, the dilemma.

In other "news", I finally learned how to thread and use my sewing machine, which I got for my birthday. In September. Of course, I have nothing specific to make, so I just keeping "practicing" by sewing bits of scrap fabric together. Any suggestions for a simple first sewing project (biascut, I'm looking at you!)? I was thinking cushion covers....


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Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)
Cushion covers would be good - especially if you make them with buttons in the middle of the reverse side, because it's probably easier than getting a zip in. And pyjama bottoms! You can't go wrong with elastic waisted pyjama bottoms, and you can make really cool ones if you find some nice fabric.

Skirts are the next easiest thing to make, when you want to try doing zips and pockets and things. The first Proper Thing I made without any help from school or my mum was a pair of bright orange dungarees for one of my ex-boyfriend's friends' new baby, and then a long A-line denim skirt, which I still wore up until about six months ago (when I cut it off and turned it into a miniskirt!) Denim is actually really easy to do flashy stuff with: you just have to topstitch in bright yellow or orange over all the seams and ta da! Instant professional look!
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:43 am (UTC)
The first thing I ever designed-and-made were baby dungarees for my cousin - and they were quite, quite brilliant. If I do say so myself.

Actually, I must break out the sewing machine and start making stuff again - the utter hideousness of most available maternity clothes has made me think that I can undoubtedly do better myself. Plus, hey, we know I can do baby dungarees, and babies need dungarees (what is it about babies and dungarees?)

Not that that answers Anna's question at all. But we could have a remote sewing group! It would be great! You could tutor us all, Mary.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
No, but she could make baby clothes for you! And I think baby clothes are tremendous fun to make: no worries about getting the fit exactly right, because babies don't care about that, and they don't care if you make a bit of a bodge up of the hem or something. Plus, you can use really gorgeous, brightly coloured fabrics, and get completely carried away with adding fancy bits and pieces. We used tangerine orange baby-cord, and then had a bit of blue ribbon with dancing elephants and giraffes on it, and an iron-on red and green cherry.

You could never get away with adding all that to Grown Up clothes, but it's perfect for a baby!
Jul. 25th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for the sensible suggestions! I shall go the pyjamas route, I think - I'm also so impressed when you discuss your 'jama making skillz! And I spend rather too much in 'jamas, so it's practical as well.

A skirt sounds a bit hard for me, though - surely there are lots of tucks and stuff around the hips?
Jul. 25th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
There are darts around the hips, which are the easy bit: the hard bit is putting zips and waistbands on. But it's not that hard: something for you to try when you've mastered pyjamas!
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Ah, you know, reading of your exploits makes me miss you all very much! Which is ridiculous considering I've actually partaken of the exploits only once. Perhaps I need more exploits of my own.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:39 am (UTC)
I exploited you for an hour and a half only last Monday! What are you complaining about, eh?
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)
And very lovely it was too! Perhaps that has made me nostalgic for the wild evenings of your youth.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
Heh. I went home at about twelve last night, much much earlier than the redoubtable Stella, so alas, my youth would appear to have passed...
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
Hee, bear in mind that I was yawning at about half past ten! And if a solo taxi home wasn't so expensive, I would have gone then too without waiting for P. I am the biggest fader of all!
Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:53 am (UTC)
*small voice* dirty!
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)
You must come and visit us again! It would be so cool to see you. Or we'll go over there. When is the festival on? if it suits you, I'll come over and gawp at the annoying street performers!

Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:53 am (UTC)
I should! And, yes, come and see me! The festivals are all in August, mostly the last three weeks. Shows themselves are heejusly expensive, but the street performers are cheap in every sense.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Aw, pet. If you are a-weary, I don't mind skipping. We could go for a book ramble at half five instead, perhaps?
Jul. 23rd, 2004 06:46 am (UTC)
Excellent scheme! Will text later - have to go in to hairdresser now.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
I don't have much to say about yes/no for the gig, since I'm expecting to enjoy an evening in with dear_hubby, and looking forward to that. (Every once in a great while we'll go out to listen to music, but I'm afraid were kinda old farty that way.)

But on sewing machines, given your enjoyment of bags for carrying all your necessities, you could try looking for a simple accessory pattern, or else try to set yourself a series of steps for creating/designing your own bag... does it want a zipper? Practice a zip with those pieces of cloth you're sewing. Try attaching different sized pockets to one another, or figure out what would make a Really Good Holder for some bit of your journalistic kit.

And don't forget the velcro!

Crazy(all this due to my own desire to do these things myself, so I really should get to them, eh?)Soph
Jul. 26th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
Ooh, if you learn how to make bags, will you show me? I think the next step from last year's "buy cheap bags and embroider on them" projects is to start making them from scratch, but I fear complicated things like zips.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 04:42 am (UTC)
You weren't talking that loudly, it was just that our basement corner was very resonant and made us all very booming. Also, I was kind of jumpy anyway because of our comedy waiter, so that's why you kept giving me little frights with your squeals. And, in any case, I am not particularily, sweet, gentle and low myself!
Jul. 23rd, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
Hee, we are both rather dolphin-esque.

I am so, so tired today. I couldn't get to sleep for ages because Patrick was snorkling so loudly (all the BEER he drank in the manner of headmaster GRIMES made him very snorey) and then I woke at eight and couldn't get back to sleep again. Then when I got up the adorable Bubbles had fallen into our garden and couldn't get out, so I had to go and rescue him and put him back on his wall. Then he fell into a bush. So after all this excitement I may be too fatigued to go to that gig. What time are you heading into town at?
Jul. 23rd, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
Ha ha...I was, early on in my relationship, given permission to wake the fella up when he does it. Usually, I just try to wait it out, but sometimes, I wake him up to describe the particular type of snore he's doing, e.g., doors slamming, trucks backing up, mass hysteria...

Hey, if you're heading to town for a quiet early evening ramble, gimme a shout or something. I'm working at home and going a bit stir crazy. No energy/ interest in doing anything exciting tonight, but a cup of coffee, a ramble through bookshops, etc, for an hour or two sounds lovely. If you don't mind me tagging along, that is.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
Not at all! I should be out of the hairdressers by half five, so I'll give you a text then?
Jul. 23rd, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
Excellent. Now I'm going to do some work. No, seriously. Stop laughing. It's not...okay, it's funny.

Jul. 23rd, 2004 06:34 am (UTC)
Dunno. Around 8.30? Eoin is bringing his car over to my hose first, si it depends on the traffic ... I'll text you later though.

I too am tired. And I got very hot cycling home in the balmy weather.

Oh, and I met Neil on the way home. He has cool glasses now.
Jul. 23rd, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
Apologies for my spelling.

I am not going to go to Lali Puna now -- you're too tired, I'm too tired, Cheryl is sick, so poor Eoin is going alone!

I am also in a state of penury due to saving to much money in accounts that I can't get at. Foolish Scrooge!

I am going to see the Jimmy Cake in Vicar St. next week though ...
Jul. 26th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
The Jimmy Cake? Crowd of chancers. Especially yer wan who plays the clarinet. :)

Hopefully 'twill be a good gig, I really enjoyed the show we did in Galway on Friday so I'm feeling quite "yay! gigs!" about it all.
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