Saturday, February 25, 2012
To recap, here is My Goal Dress Base Pattern:
On to the alterations/backstory. I had always wanted to wear this dress to my 8th grade semi-formal dance:
While I didn't think so at the time, my mom's objection was probably sensible. But, oh, how I pined over Butterick 4616! I haven't had the occasion to make this outfit since I've reached adulthood, but used the neckline for my 1 dress.
I also knew I wanted this dress to have three-quarter length sleeves, which do not come with the base pattern. So, I took the very nice darted sleeve from vintage Simplicity 3108 (that I first mentioned here).
Here are some (boring, but useful) photos of my neckline and sleeve design alterations. Sandra Betzina gives a really nice explanation of combining patterns in Power Sewing.
I added a kick pleat to the skirt back as well. On to the (many) fit alterations!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
So I signed up for Susan Khalje's The Couture Dress course on Craftsy that I blogged about here. Since I signed up, I have watched all the lessons on my magic phone. I love my magic phone! And I've already learned so much from watching the lessons. Susan uses V8648 throughout the lessons - and I received my copy on the 2.10.12. The lines of this pattern reminds me a lot of the Simplicity 2648 Amazing Fit pattern which was lost during The Great Flood. Hooray for a replacement, with a midriff band!
photos sourced from Vogue Patterns and Simplicity, respectively.
While I like the standard versions of both these patterns, I have been craving the teal Maria Pinto dress Michelle Obama wore at the DNC since I first saw it in 2008.
photo credit: The Daily Mail
For my 1 dress goal this year, I've decided to take on my take on this dress. My wants from the inspiration dress are the color (of course), the hemline, and the sleeve length. I already did some neckline work last night and hope to post all the bodice and sleeve changes in my next post.
Monday, February 13, 2012
I had cut the cling wrap off MeToo ages ago.
Here's a photo of the shell fresh off MeToo.
I had transferred the front and back outlines to kraft paper but found that wasn't very user-friendly. Then I transferred all the markings to soil separator, but that was so thin I was afraid to do anything with it.
Lynda Maynard suggests sloper markings get transferred to a sheet of clear plastic, like a clear shower curtain. I had a clear shower curtain from Ikea that I don't need for the shower at my mom's condo. So it as perfect for the job!
I now have all the measurements I need in one place: With Lynda Maynard's De-Mystifying Fit book on CD & the copy of Pattern Fitting & Alteration, A Multi-Method Approach, I should be good-to-go to alter pattern pieces!
Edited Addition: I have to say that the Hong Kong Shopper's blog post on saran wrap slopers was very helpful to me in this process. Thanks!
My new goal is to finish at least 1 dress that fits me this year. I think even I can attain that goal - hopefully with less frustration and more satisfaction :).
Sunday, February 12, 2012
My condolences go out to her only child. So sad to lose your mother so young.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This article was sent to you by someone who found it on SFGate.
The original article can be found on SFGate.com here:
Thursday, February 2, 2012 (SF Chronicle)
UCSF scientists declare war on sugar in food
email@example.com;Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer
Like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is a toxic, addictive substance that
should be highly regulated with taxes, laws on where and to whom it can be
advertised, and even age-restricted sales, says a team of UCSF scientists.
In a paper published in Nature on Wednesday, they argue that increased
global consumption of sugar is primarily responsible for a whole range of
chronic diseases that are reaching epidemic levels around the world.
Sugar is so heavily entrenched in the food culture in the United States
and other countries that getting people to kick the habit will require
much more than simple education and awareness campaigns, the UCSF
It's going to require public policy that gently guides people toward
healthier choices and uses brute force to remove sugar from so many of the
processed foods we eat every day, said Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric
endocrinologist at UCSF.
"The only method for dealing with this is a public health intervention,"
Lustig said in an interview. "Everyone talks about personal
responsibility, and that won't work here, as it won't for any addictive
substance. These are things that have to be done at a governmental level,
and government has to get off its ass."
In response to the study, the food and beverage industries said in
statements that sugar cannot be blamed for high rates of chronic disease
in the United States and elsewhere.
Comparing sugar to alcohol and tobacco is "simply without scientific
merit," the American Beverage Association said. "There is no evidence that
focusing solely on reducing sugar intake would have any meaningful public
health impact." Altering biochemistry
Lustig has written and talked extensively about the role he believes sugar
has played in driving up rates of chronic illness such as heart disease
and diabetes. Excessive sugar, he argues, alters people's biochemistry,
making them more vulnerable to metabolic conditions that lead to illness,
while at the same time making people crave sweets even more.
It's sugar, not obesity, that is the real health threat, Lustig and his
co-authors - public health experts Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis - say
in their paper. They note that studies show 20 percent of obese people
have normal metabolism and no ill health effects resulting from their
weight, while 40 percent of normal-weight people have metabolic problems
that can lead to diabetes and heart disease. They contend that sugar
consumption is the cause.
In other words, not everyone gains a lot of weight from over-indulging in
sugar, but a large proportion of the U.S. population is eating enough of
it that it's having devastating health effects, they say.
"The gestalt shift is maybe obesity is just a marker for the rise in
chronic disease worldwide, and in fact metabolic syndrome, caused by
excessive sugar consumption, is the real culprit," said Schmidt, a health
policy professor who focuses on alcohol and addiction research. 22
teaspoons a day
Americans eat and drink roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar every day - triple
what they consumed three decades ago - and most people aren't even aware
of the various ways sugars sneak into their diets, often via breads and
cereals and processed foods. Terms that identify sugars on labels include
sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, hydrolysed starch and invert sugar,
corn syrup and honey.
Ultimately, getting those sugars out of the American food culture is going
to require a massive shift in how foods and beverages are made in the
United States, the authors say. In the paper, they say that the Food and
Drug Administration needs to remove sugar from the list of foods
"generally regarded as safe," meaning they can be used in unlimited
But the food and beverage industries have repeatedly denied that sugar is
the main villain behind rising rates of obesity, or the increases in
diabetes and heart disease. Instead, industry representatives say that a
complex cultural shift - toward a more inactive lifestyle and increased
calories overall - is to blame.
And not all scientists agree that sugar should shoulder the entire burden
for the chronic diseases afflicting modern Americans.
"When you get into this argument about sugar in the diet, you also have to
look at the type of food that has a high sugar content," said Jo Ann
Hattner, a San Francisco registered dietitian who teaches nutrition
courses at Stanford. "Those foods have few nutrients and little fiber, and
that's not good for you. So is it sugar itself that's harmful?" Good
advice: Eat less
That said, Hattner added, there's no doubt that people in general consume
too much sugar and that everyone could benefit from eating less - and
especially looking out for "hidden" sugars in their diets. Those sugars
are often found in processed foods like sodas, cereals and breads. Even
cookies contain much more sugar than they did a decade or two ago,
But while individuals certainly can make small changes to their diets to
eat more nutritiously, that alone is not going to effect major public
health improvements, Lustig and his co-authors said.
In their paper, they argue for taxes on heavily sweetened foods and
beverages, restricting advertising to children and teenagers, and removing
sugar-ladened products from schools, or even from being sold near schools.
They suggest banning the sale of sugary beverages to children.
Schmidt noted that those policies could nudge people toward healthier
choices - but only if, at the same time, healthier choices are made widely
available. Such policies have worked in reducing alcohol consumption and
smoking rates, she said. There's no reason they can't work with sugar too.
Lustig said he realizes that there will likely be heavy resistance to the
idea of largely removing sugar from American diets - and resistance not
just from the food and beverage industries, but from the public at large.
"Everybody yells, 'Nanny state, this guy is trying to control our food,' "
Lustig said. "But it's already being controlled. It limits consumer choice
when so much of our food is controlled by these industries. I'm actually
trying to undo the nanny state." E-mail Erin Allday at
Copyright 2012 SF Chronicle
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Penney book. It was square and when I paged through it, the clothing
colors presented and the book's layout reminded me of my beloved Boden.
(Yes, the Boden that doesn't really love me back price and size-wise.
It's an unrequited thing...).
My mom used to buy much of our clothing from Sears and JC Penney when I
was growing up. Their clothing comes in a huge range of sizes - which
is good for the "non-standard" sized of us. Until recently, I haven't
bought new clothing for myself in over 5 years and when I started with
some small purchases recently, JC Penney wasn't really on the list.
Their clothing was usually just a little too boring for me.
But I really liked the book I saw yesterday. It seems that JCP is
having month-long special pricing on items and have lowered their prices
across the board to eliminate confusing and irritating sales. On one
page of the lookbook, I saw $12 cardigans. $12??! I am always freezing
at work and cardigans look better on me than jackets. I had to wait
until JCP updated their website today to find the cardigans in question.
This solid-color v-neck cardigan is available in 10 colors and is only $12 for the
entire month of February.
This patterned cardigan is available in 6 patterns and is only $15 for the
entire month of February.
These $12 and $15 cardigans are comparable to Boden's $78 v-neck cardis.
JCP's cardis are 100% cotton and Boden's are cotton blend. JCP also has
free shipping for purchases over $50 and free shipping to store always.
I know which ones I'm gonna buy this month...