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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sewing Post #4 - Pants

For my next sewing project, I wanted to tackle Pants.
Googled and found a simple tutorial :
I wanted to make a pair of simple home shorts for myself. Ended up with this :
                                                                My first pair of Pants
Flop because :   Wayyyyyy too small for me! I can pretty much put in ONE leg only through the waistband   ;-)
Why?  I used an old pair of shorts as a measurement sample. 
Mistake #1 : After I measured, I "smartly" decided to use the width instead of the length of the cloth (save some cloth) since the width was short by "only" 1 inch. 
Mistake #2 - my sample shorts was made of stretchy material. The cloth I chose for this project was NOT.
And I probably gave more seam allowance than necessary. So, I ended up with a pair of totally unusable pants. But still......I won't say it was a total flop. Ignoring the size problem, I was still pleased that I actually managed to sew a pair of pants!!  Yay, it actually looked like one!!
I was initially worried that I might sew the pant legs shut or get the crotch area totally wrong or something.
Of course after that, I just HAD to try again. Came up with this -
My second pair of pants

One leg shorter than the other. But what the heck.....I got the size right this time!!  Check out Elyssa in her new pyjamas pants. Yay!!
Oh, and I also made another pair of home shorts for myself. Turned out I still have measuring problems cos this one turned out too big! But big is better than small. Yes, this pair makes my butt look super huge, but it IS rather comfy to lounge around at home in.  ;-)
My third pair of pants

So, that's my pants story to-date. I want to make more, but for now, there's so many other projects to embark on.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Back to School 2013

Oops....late, late. Wanted to write about this since last week but have been busy at work.
But anyway just a short entry to say that Elyssa is now back in school. On the second last week of December, I bought her a new school bag. (RM25 for a Barbie princess bag in Parkson. I suspect it was wrongly labelled. he he!!) Since that day, she kept bugging me about when school will restart.
So, on 2nd Jan 2013, she was all smiles when she could finally go to school again.
 In School Compound
In Her Classroom
Similar to her first year, no fuss and no tears at all when it was time for me to leave her class. I anticipated that and didn't even bother taking any time off from work ;)
First day of school (Weds) was rather uneventful. No class on Thursday cos it was orientation day for the 3 and 4 year olds. I expected Friday to be uneventful as well but I got a big shock when her class teacher called me up at 11.30am saying that she was the only one left in her class bcos school
already dismissed since 10.30am. Big, big OOOOPPSS! I thought it was back to the normal 12.30pm dismissal. Luckily, her teacher said she was a good girl - drank water, went to toilet, read book quietly when she was told to do so.  
Ke by the first week of school, her class teacher now knows her name and that she has a blur-blur mummy!!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bye Bye 2012, Hello 2013!

Happy New Year!!! 
2013 already. I think it still hasn’t really sunk in that it’s a new year yet.

We were pretty busy the last few days of the year – hosted a Housewarming/Christmas/New Year’s Day BBQ at our place on Dec 29th and then another round on Dec 31st. (plus another round yesterday on Jan 5th).
Anyway, I feel like I can't properly usher in the New Year without saying bye bye to 2012. And my way of saying bye bye is to reflect on 2012.
So here goes -
What happened in 2012 (in no particular order) :
1.      Elyssa started kindy for the first time. No fuss, no tears at all on her first day. I was so proud of my brave little girl. She continued loving school for the whole year.

2.      I achieved my stretched target of breastfeeding baby Erin until she turned one year old. Yay!
3.   Picked up sewing! Something totally unexpected. I am totally in love with it now. I just find it so, so satisfying.
4    Continued baking passion. Waned a bit as sewing took centrestage towards the end of the year, but the fire still there J

5.       Took a 45 day Healthpointe diet around September to loose my post baby fat. Lost about 4kg. I’ve gained back about 0.8kg (blame it on year end feasting!) so need to be careful about that.

6.       Went for a holiday in Australia for the very first time.

7.       Braved myself to finally do LASIK surgery on my eyes in mid December. Love being able to see the clock when I wake up in the morning! Bye Bye contact lenses and spectacles.....

8.       Moved to new house in early August. Reno issues (especially leaking roof and plumbing related issues) only got resolved very recently. Yikes. Not going to move again for a looooong time.

9.       Managed to “kick” Elyssa to sleep in her new room  J

10.   I'm sure there's a lot more, but can't think of it at the top of my head now. But of course, the main joy (and also headache!) for the year was watching my 2 princesses grow up.

My girls in Feb 2012

My girls in December 2012
They can play (and fight) together more often now :-)

So, was 2012 a great year? You bet it was !! 

Let's hope that 2013 will be even greater. Bring it on 2013 !  :-)