Life’s Little Lemons (LLL) have been rolling my way for some time, but I reckon it’s the same for everybody, everywhere. This summer I had planned to continue making skirts to wear with various blouses for the summer, eager to get out of my winter uniform of wool pants. But. No. It was not to be.
I’ve been babying my feet since I was 13 but the middle years have been cruel and I succumbed to surgery 11 years ago, wearing orthotics for years and then just a different pair of shoes every day. But the feet have been ruling my life for some time, and beyond painful for the last 6 months. I was told I needed more surgery 3 months ago. Bleh!
Well, something happened, I don’t know what, it happened so fast, and I ended up with a bad ankle sprain and now I’m relegated to ankle and knee braces and orthotics with athletic shoes and socks.
and (wonderful) physical therapy, and horrible drugs. And everything is focused on the knee. Gee, I thought it was the feet! So much for what I know…LOL!!!
So, with physical therapy for the knee and no shorts in the wardrobe, I quickly made some athletic shorts from stashed technical knit using the leggings pattern I made last time I had a lace attack and a top to go with from long stashed EOS onionskin.
But What???? These shorts are bit tight! I hopped on the scale and found that I had gained 9 pounds in 5 days. Dang. And I was dizzy and my eyes don’t focus so well and I’m scared to drive…so I have been taking it easy, staying off my feet and letting the swelling go down.
Eventually I got brilliant enough to read the side effects of the anti-inflammatory I was taking…yup, all of these can be some of the side effects of meloxicam. Bleh. I am such a bad druggie. Today the swelling has gone down enough and I’m not taking this stuff (generic Mobic) any more.
(Gees, I’m glad it wasn’t that piece of cake I had…I’ve been dieting so hard and was on track with weight loss. It would be horrible if one piece of cake could add 9 pounds to a body. I don’t believe in dieting without some indulgences now and then.)
So back to the stitching adventure:
This top is cut using Anna Sui’s Vogue 2947 pattern which has been lovingly stored in the humongous file cabinet that holds the patterns. It’s now out of print but till available and hasn’t had great reviews at PR so I (being contrary) am adding one over there. I think it’s a great pattern in the right fabric! This poly knit (onionskin) is perfect.
I love it! Because…the gathers are correctly placed for flattery
See? It’s flat across the center of the torso, heavily gathered in the upper bodice for bust room and gathered for lower fullness only the side quadrant of the front torso. Perfect for my barrel shaped ribcage, I couldn’t have done it better myself. Thanks Anna!
The back is just the way I like it, too. I don’t know what’s going on with that little pooch sticking out there but photos are hard enough to come by and this shoot only took a half hour. I dare not push the photography luck any further.
I was prepared to add to the length to make sure it covered my behind but didn’t need to.
OK, I am short (5’2.25″) so the ties, which I faced, are tied into bows rather than dangling ends and I 4-step-zigzagged the front closed just to make sure I could do the physical therapy without having to grab my overly exposed front and let go of the balance bars.
And the Husband loves it.
Hey, I’m a happy camper. Ready to exercise, covered in the right places and exposed in the ones that are supposed to be exposed and stash, (fabric and pattern) exploited! Yay!
LLL’s are good once in a while, eh?