Wednesday, December 4, 2013

the wrap dress-finished!

Man, time is a blur these days.  It's been hard to sit and write a blog post when I can be cuddling a sweet babe, sewing or doing the endless loads of laundry babies produce.  Seriously, babies are such tiny humans-why so much laundry?? 

Anywho, a while back, Dibs from Dibs and the Machine posted plans for a long term sew-a-long for wrap dresses using any pattern desired.  It appealed to me cause we had a wedding at the end of October and we'd be taking our baby.  Since I'm nursing, a wrap dress would be perfect.

I was debating between three patterns I found in my stash.

New Look 6697 (OOP)

McCall's 5974



None of them are true wrap dresses per se, but all the better, less chance of bootie flashing, hehe.  I went with the McCalls because I'd read such great things about it.  The pattern claims to be the "perfect knit dress." Challenge accepted!

The fabric is a mystery knit from JoAnn's.  I can't remember the content but it definitely has some poly in it.  The recovery isn't stellar, but the silver polka dots are what got me.  

Also, black isn't usually polite to wear at a wedding but I figured with the little silver polka dots it was fine-more fun, less somber.  Thanks to Roisin and Heather B for talking me into it via Twitter*. 

The pattern is a Palmer/Pletsch pattern.  I'd never used one before but am familiar with the techniques from the "Real Fit for Real People" book.  I was even a good seamstress and followed the fit directions instead of haughtily tossing them aside.  The post-partum body has got a lot of strange stuff going on, so I figured it was best.

One of my sewing friends, Nhi, came over and helped me sew it since I had very limited time.  Isn't that sweet?  She and Sandra have felt sorry for me, hahaha, and come to my rescue a couple times.  I've said it before and I'll say it again SEWING FRIENDS ARE THE BEST!!!  Nhi even brought her coverstitch machine.  I was too scared to use it, but she made me.  You don't mess with her :-D  And now, of course, I want one.

The only alterations made were to shorten the armscye and shorten the skirt length.  Normally, I like bigger armholes, cause I cannot stand feeling fabric and seams under my arms.  But this one felt abnormally large and was affecting the shoulder fit.

I also left off the belt.  We basted it into place before sewing up the sides and it just made me look pregnant again.  Holy crap it was depressing!  The midsection of the dress is two fashion fabric layers thick, plus two layers of interfacing, and the belt is two layers thick and folded across itself.  Buh bye belt!

Since I chose this style primarily for nursing purposes, the neckline needed a little bit of stabilization, so I inserted clear elastic in the neck seams.

The wedding was lovely, set in the mountains edging the far west San Fernando Valley.  

Whoops, just ignore that backwards sewn pleat

This dress is deemed "the perfect knit dress" right on the pattern envelope.  And if others reviews are any indication, it is.  Maybe it was a weak fabric choice on my part, needing something with more recovery.  But I just don't feel it's perfect for me.  My body still isn't back to pre-pregnancy weight, so I'm not completely sold on this look.  I think where the midsection hits combined with the skirt pleats doesn't flatter. 

However, it was still nice to put on a dress and get out of my usual yoga pants uniform.  I wore it again on Thanksgiving, so at least I've gotten some wear out of it.  I like to think of it as a "holding place" dress-sort of "it'll do for now".  Surely I'm not the only one that has items like that in my wardrobe?

*Twitter always seemed silly to me, buuut now I'm a convert!  Gillian over at Crafting a Rainbow talked me into joining and I have to admit, I dig it.  Must be cause of the awesome sewing community, no?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

my latest project

First, I never said thank you to everyone that commented on my last blog post, ahem, 2 months ago.  I appreciate each and every compliment, cause y'all, I was feeling mighty large.  Whoever said pregnancy is magical is a damned liar! So thank you!!

Second, this post is about my baby's birth (not in massive detail, I promise).  So if you don't like fat babies, or aren't in any way interested in this story, I'd suggest closing out this page now!

May I present to you, the crowning achievement of said pregnancy, my baby boy:

 I like to call him Mr. Sweet Cheeks

My home birth did not go according to plan, and I ended up transferring to the hospital and having a caesarean.  Most definitely the opposite of the drug free birth I wanted.  But, it is what it is, and though it was traumatic, but not life-threatening, I'm slowly processing everything.  My emotions have been all over the place and I feel like I'm just now coming out of that fog.  Plus, it ends up good that we went to the hospital, as the baby was hypoglycemic and possibly had sepsis.  And no, I did not have gestational diabetes.  So, on top of me recovering from surgery, he ended up in the NICU for a week.  Longest week of my life.

First day in the NICU

My husband and I tried to keep perspective, for the most part we have a very healthy baby, all he needed was sugary fluids and antibiotics for a week, unlike a lot of other babies in the NICU.  It's easy to not feel too sorry for yourself when you see 2 lb babies and yours is a whopping 9 1/2 pounder.  Oh yeah, he's a real chunk.

He's just got more to love

We've been home now for 4 weeks and even though I'm a little zombied out, I'm having a great time with him.
Diaper changes are his favorite

Now I'm working on carving a little time out for some craftiness.  Yesterday was the first day I was able to sew, only for 5 minutes, but still!  Baby steps, y'all, baby steps.  I just need to get him on a schedule, right?!?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

renfrew parade v2

It's been over a year since I used this pattern, but here are a couple more Renfrews, woohoo!

First up, my dress!

It's taken me forever, but I'm finally getting around to posting this Renfrew dress.  I went to a wedding in May, and of course needed a new dress to wear.  I busted my butt getting this made in time, and thankfully finished quickly, by my standards at least.

This was a fun make for several reasons, 1) It was my first attempt at turning a Renfrew into a dress, 2) It's also a maternity Renfrew, 3) I just love the fabric

 gathers detail

For turning it into a dress, I added the desired length, tapering it from the hips to the knees.  Let's just say it wasn't a perfect process, but I figured it out somehow.  I was very careful with the fabric/pattern placement, not to highlight the bewbs, only to realize after cutting that I put a big 'ol bouquet on my belly AND my booty, hahahahaha!  Like either of those areas need extra attention!

belly bouquet

booty bouquet

For turning it into a maternity T, I used So, Zo's tutorial found here.  I'd been wanting to do this to a shirt for a while, and had looked up a lot of variations on turning a t-shirt into a maternity one.  Most of them involved taking a RTW shirt and sewing elastic into the side seams.  But I wanted a from scratch one, and as lovely as Megan Nielsen's are, I couldn't justify paying $20 for another t-shirt pattern when I knew there must be a way to alter a pattern.

Luckily, right under my nose, I stumbled on So, Zo's method.  It's easy peasy and makes perfect sense.  Even my math challenged brain had no problem figuring it out :-D

the fabric has this cool cross stitch kinda look

The fabric is a wool jersey from Mood LA.  Because the jersey can stretch pretty thin, I added a stretch lining, also from Mood.  I love that store, but if there's anything they're missing, it's a variety of stretch linings.  This one is a nylon and has two distinct sides.  One is rougher than the other.  Of course I put the smoothest side against my body, but it's still a smidge itchy.  I only lined the body of the dress, omitting the sleeves.

inside gathers

 neck and sleeve head

The lining is less stretchy than the jersey, and after wearing it a few times, the jersey has stretched out a little bit at the bottom, causing a weird ripple at the hem.  I might go back and add the hem band like a regular Renfrew.  But then again, I might end up too lazy to do anything, ha!  Any suggestions out there?

Also, I made a tiny (but liveable) mistake by making the gathers a wee bit high, and not making enough of them.  That's the only thing I changed when I cut out the second one.

the dress is great for stretching my hips!

Speaking of my second one, remember my last post I talked about how awesome my sewing friends are?  Well, my friend Sandra came to my rescue on this shirt.  It was one of the 5 doomed items I was trying to sew for more maternity wear a couple weeks back.  It never made it.  She's one of my IRL blogger friends and when we had a sewing meetup a couple weeks ago, she offered to sew it for me so I could work on another project.  It was already cut out, but HOW FREAKIN' AWESOME IS THAT?!?  Seriously though.

So I can only take credit for cutting it out and wearing it, other than that, it was all Sandra :-)

more gathers this time

I fixed the high gathers I had made on the dress, by lowering these 2 inches.  I also added another 2 inches of gathering.  It fits me perfectly, and is very, very comfy.  In fact, I'm wearing it now!  The material is a rayon jersey bought years ago from Joann's, that is unbelievably soft.  

I have zero complaints about this shirt, huzzah!

Look how straight her stitching is!

The days of being pregnant are numbered.  I'm due in 4 weeks and thankfully, my job ends next week.  I'm looking forward to lounging around in comfy clothes and not having to worry anymore about what to wear to work!  Can't wait!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

channeling peggy bundy

I love me some good animal prints, but who doesn't?  (Honestly, if you don't, I'm not sure we can be friends) A while back got in my head that I wanted a pair of velvet leggings.  A 4-way stretch plain leopard print velvet is very hard to find, my friends.  Plain meaning, not iridescent, or sequiny.  I searched high and low, found some 2-way stretch, but never the 4-way needed.  I sew with a bunch of awesome ladies IRL*, and had expressed my sadness over the elusive fabric.  I didn't think I'd ever find the perfect stuff.

Amity, one of the group, texted me out of the blue one day with a glorious picture...of 4-way stretch velvet leopardy fabric, and did I want her to grab some for me?  Uh, YES PLEASE!  She was in San Francisco for PR (Pattern Review) weekend and spotted it at some random fabric shop.  How awesome are fellow sewists?!?  She even dropped it by my house the next week!

 look at that sweet leopard velvet goodness

I got most of them sewn at one of our meetups, captured here without the waistband or hemmed, by the crazy, funny Julianne.  Once again, I used Jalie 2920 like here and here.

muahahahahaha, leoooopard!

I finished them up a few days later and wore them to my step-daughter's graduation in May.  I quickly realized I needed to make the waistband bigger, cause they were uncomfortably tight :(  Once back home, I unpicked all that waistband serging (ugh) and put in a fold over waistband and threaded the elastic through.  No more unpicking serging if I still couldn't handle them.  (My hips are expanding, ya know).

But all is good and I've worn them a couple times and love them!  They aren't nearly as hot as I imagined they would be, which is good for a sweaty preggo, hehe.  They do however, make me feel like Peggy Bundy :-D

yes?  If only I could get my hair to do that...

*Our sewing group includes these lovely ladies:

Amity and Nhi of Lolita Patterns 
Caroline of  TigerFeet
Cindy Cation Designs -even though she's moving soon :(
Julianne of Made by Julianne

Caroline came up with our name, "Stitch in the Ditch".  You know, cause we're in California, near the San Andreas fault, it's a ditch...If you ever find yourself in the LA area, please get in touch, we love to meet up, shop and sew!

Friday, July 5, 2013

breakdown pt. 2

First, I hope everyone in the US had a safe and fun holiday yesterday!  I know I did.  I lounged like a big 'ol whale on the beach, floated in the ocean, then ate yummy food.  Much needed relaxation!

Second, thank you so very much for all the kind, inspiring and empathetic comments on my last post.  I found myself smiling in relief and gratefulness that there are such awesome seamstresses (sewers, sewists, sewintists :) out there that get it.

Though I'm fully recovered from my mental collapse ridiculous sewing adventure last weekend, my serger is still out of commission-the second half of my saga, lol.

I bought this Bernina 700D used off craigslist.  The girl I bought it from had been in fashion school, but "hated sewing".  Whaaaa?  Um, ok, to each their own.  Anyway, she had never had it serviced, and it was a wee beat up, but still worked fine.  I put off having it serviced, just cleaning it out and oiling it, and it worked like a dream for a long time. 

Then, a few weeks back, as I was trying to use it, the lower looper thread (far right) kept breaking.  Also, the indicator dial, which apparently is the name for the stitch length dial, who knew, was broken.  It still worked, but it would slip out of place sometimes and change the stitch length mid run.

My sweet husband took it to the shop for me.  For what it's worth, the lady that took it in, cannot trouble shoot the machines-AT ALL.  I called her from work to explain the problems, get a cost estimate, etc. and she just kept saying, "Well, the tech's not here, I don't know, I don't know."  She got pretty frustrated with me, cause of course I had 20 questions.  But don't you think they should know something??

The tech is only there on Wednesdays, so I called back then.  I wanted to know WHY the machine was doing this, not just that it would work after repair.  He was very nice and patient and explained everything.

Apparently the lower looper thread was breaking because it was getting caught on the needle plate, which was damaged.  (how that happened...???)  I gave the go ahead for the new part order and patiently waited until the next week. 

My husband picked it up for me last Wednesday and the tech was able to fix the plate without replacing it, which saved me some $$$.  It had the little stitch sampler they do when it's serviced, got it home and used it on the weekend.  Wouldn't you know, a couple hours later, the mother freakin' lower looper thread broke again, arrrrrrg.  WTF?!  After rethreading 2x, and it still breaking, is when I gave up.  

Not only that, but the tension was WAY off.  It was as if the differential feed was cranked all the way up.  I had to loosen the needle tension way down to make it normal.  Again, WTF?

It's back in the shop now.  And hopefully will be ready next Wednesday, but who knows.  Right now, I'm going to content myself with some home dec projects that need to be finished before the little one arrives.

I researched any persistant problems that the Bernina 700D might have, and that is not one of them.  In fact, it's got a really high rating from what I can gather.  Has anyone ever heard of this problem before?  Whether the needle plate plays a role, or if it's something else?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

breakdown pt. 1

This is a tale of many tears.  Mostly hormone induced, but tears no less.  During my self-imposed sewing challenge, I got 2 1/2 items finished:  the leggings, the maxi skirt and almost all of the navy dress.  

Here's the long rundown...


-Swung by Joann's after work to get some elastic and thread.
-After dinner, I crashed, hoping to get up early and get cracking


Woke up, breakfast, organized sewing area, got all patterns/fabric/notions together, removed pocket from the men's shirt, left to meet doula for breakfast (yeah, I eat two of those now)
Left breakfast #2, Vet for dog meds, Target, got home
Cut out leggings
Cut out renfrew
Break, snack, facebook, bloglovin, and much needed stretching
Cut out maxi skirt (included a 15 refresh cycle in the dryer to get wrinkles out) and redoing my measurements
Break-my back is really hurting at this point
Feeling a lack of sewjo, back still hurts, hips hurt, but power on, starting with the leggings
Mess with serger, was picked up from the shop on Wednesday, and it's messing up again, now I'm hungry, eat
Get back to leggings
Done! Take an ice cream break
Start maxi
Take dog on walk with the hubby
Back to work on the maxi
Finish Maxi (took much longer than it should have!)
Shower, eat, and lights out


Up, breakfast, we clean the bathrooms, do laundry, empty dishwasher and vacuum/mop floors
Birth class
Pick up food, head home
Friends come over to scout for baby shower
Finally stop going, eat ice cream and veg on the couch for a minute
Dog walk with the hubby
Nap.  I'm really feeling exhausted by this point
Wake up, make tea, check email
Start working on blue dress, get sides and shoulders done, cut out bias strips, and get neck bias almost finished
Taking entirely too long, serger acting up again, want to claw eyes out, but just have a little weep instead
Rethread machine for the 2nd time
Still doesn't work, lower looper thread keeps breaking (what I originally took it in for).  At this point, I now want to throw the machine and cry and have a very strong alcoholic beverage.  All I can do is cry though.  I decide the best alternative is a hot shower.
Back at it, decided to use the good ol' IT trick "have you tried turning it off and back on?"  Nope, still nothing
Try old serger, can't get tension right (hence it being retired)
F*ck it.  Admit defeat, shed more tears.  The hubby is extra sweet in my sewing crisis.

Let's be clear, I set myself up for failure.  I knew I had a lot going on, but thing is, I'm really, really stubborn.  My husband is convinced that stubbornness will be what gets me through birth with no meds.  When I get something in my head, I don't want to back down.

Another issue, I keep forgetting that at 32 weeks pregnant, I cannot do everything with the same energy I could at 0 weeks pregnant.  I can't stand on my feet for hours cutting out fabric without my body retaliating with a burning back ache later.  It's frustrating, because my head is still in it, but my body just won't. 

And of course, the serger.  It's another story for another day.  This is already a long post, so I'll take that one on separately. 

I was sorely disappointed in myself last night.  I put myself out there on this blog, hoping the public decree would really light a fire under my ass.  But when it came down to it, I just couldn't do it all.  Maybe I am just a slow sewist and I just got ahead of myself?

I know we're not supposed to compare ourselves with others, but it's hard not to when you see bloggers post completed project after completed project and you wonder, what am I doing wrong?  And sometimes you can't help the comparison in those low emotional moments.  Is there something that they've figured out that I haven't?  What construction tricks have they mastered that I haven't?  

Even the items I got done are far from perfect.  I gathered the maxi and put on a yoga style waistband.  The gathers are uneven.  And because of my big bump, I took off some of the top of the leggings, which I shouldn't have.  Thank goodness I can't bend over or hello crack!

I don't have the magic answer, but I know that my sewing problems are nothing on the grand scale, and I try to remind myself of that when I get teary eyed over a sewing project.  Right now it's hard to separate my regular emotions from my hormonal induced ones, but thankfully, today my perspective is much, much better than it was Sunday night!  For me, I think a good, working machine, patience, and lots more practice are key.

And the finished items...

The maxi is made out of an olive jersey I got from FIDM for $1/yard.  I wore it to work Monday and it was very, very comfy.

 pregnancy causes drag lines, idgaf!

The leggings are made out of a navy denim looking stretch.  I bought it at Mood LA listed at $10 yard, and on sale, so I walked out with 1 yard for a little over $8.

What about you?  Do you ever get a case of the comparisons?  Or just feel your sewing is regressing?

Friday, June 28, 2013

i must be crazy, but here goes

I've said it a lot lately, but, I'm running out of clothes.  I've literally worn the same outfits to work the last couple weeks, and I'm sure my coworkers are just as tired of seeing the same outfits as I am of wearing them.  So,  I've decided to set a challenge for myself:  I will sew 5 clothing items this weekend, starting tomorrow night, Friday, June 28th-Monday morning, July 1st.  I'll let you know the outcome Tuesday, July 2nd.

Will I finish??  I hope so!  It's a challenge for a couple reasons:

-I sew slowly, very, very slowly.  And not only am I slow, but I get distracted easily.  Shiny object.
-My weekends are busy.  I have a pretty hefty commute during the week, so my leisure time is kinda short when I'm working.  Most of the household stuff and errands I do on the weekends.  This one will be no different.  
On top of that, my Saturday also consists of meeting our doula for breakfast and possibly going to a neighbor's going away party Saturday evening (just found out about this today).  Sunday morning includes our 2 hour birth class.  After that, two of my girlfriends are throwing me a shower in July and are coming over to scout my house for the location.  

So, I must be crazy, no?!?  But I need clothes!!  And I'm too stubborn to buy anything when I have plenty of stash fabric.  Plus, I'm not sure if it's a strength or weakness, but I work best under pressure, with a deadline.  So, for the whole sewing interwebs to see, I'm gonna sew 5 things this weekend, dammit.

What are these new lovelies I'll be adding, you may wonder?  In no particular order:

1.  The Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns

what a difference a pregnancy makes, haha!

I've made several of these in the past.  Most recently, and still unblogged (bad blogger!), a Renfrew dress altered for pregnancy using this tutorial by So, Zo on how to turn a jersey shirt pattern into a maternity one.

2.  Jeggings using the Jalie 2920 pattern

This is a great pattern, which I've used twice.  And, again, bad blogger, but I haven't truly shown off my stretch velvet leopard print ones yet!

3.  A maxi skirt

Just like this worn out black one I've been wearing to death

4.  A dress

A super simple make.  It's nothing more than a rectangle with arm and neck holes.  I belt it just under the bust and it looks quite chic.   And more importantly is so freakin' comfy I could die.  Not really, but you get the point.  When I started getting back into sewing clothes a few years ago, this was the first thing I made (don't look too closely at those seams!)

5.  A Men's shirt to Maternity Top

Another tutorial by So, Zo!  This is a very cute and stylish look and seems easy enough to pull off.  I went to the thrift store last weekend and picked up 3 XXL men's shirts.   Bonus:  they were having a sale, all clothing in the store was $2.  Three shirts for 6 bucks?  Huzzah!  Just to be clear, I'm only trying to make one this weekend, lol!

These were all chosen cause I can mix and match them with each other and with what I've already got.  I've sewn all but the button down shirt before, so for the most part I'm familiar with these makes.  I won't be trying out any new skills, which is perfect for some pressure quick sewing.

To prepare, everything is prewashed already.  I've checked all my supplies and will be stopping by my local sewing store after work tomorrow.  I don't want to have to make a last minute dash during precious sewing time if I run out of thread.

And, in full disclosure, I've already cut out the navy dress weeks ago, but that's the only progress I've made toward any of these.

Now that I'm putting it out there, I'm scared, hehe!  Wish me luck and see you on the other side!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

link love

Here's another round up of links I've loved over the last month or so.  And not to leave a blog post pictureless, here's my silly dog, Oz, who's managed to get three of his babies at once, hahahaha!

I think Nhi over at Lolita Patterns might become a favorite of the link love!  Here she offers tips gleaned from her factory seamstress mom on
efficient sewing

I have yet to read this book, but I've seen the many great reviews from fellow sewing bloggers.  It's on my short list for sure.  In this interview, author discusses the recent tragedy in the Bangladesh garment factory.
elizabeth cline interview

How to install magnetic snaps.  I've always wondered how to do this...
how to install magnetic snaps

Who remembers the 80s? Home made fruit roll-ups anyone?
homemade strawberry fruit rollups

Where has this blogger disappeared to?  In the meantime, a great post on
How to do "all in one facings"

I've seen this techniques before, but I think her pictures are especially helpful
Rolled hem tutorial from Grainline Studios

Yikes, this looks so uncomfortable.  I'm not a corset person myself, but even less after seeing these!
x-ray of a corset wearer

I think a lot of us feel this way sometimes...
stuck in the wrong job, but don't know what to do?

Still in love with this guys quilting
Ben Venom

Fascinating take on making pattern changes from a new-to-me blog, The Cutting Class
Ways to think about pattern changes and fitting

My mouth is watering over these homemade hot sauces
homemade hot sauce!

This looks like so much fun
DIY watercolor paints

For the knitters out there, this is so cool looking! 
Stitch maps

Hope you enjoy these!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spring Sewing Swap!!

As soon as Kerry from Kestral Makes asked if anyone wanted to do a Spring Swap, I jumped on that!  In the (almost) 3 years, I've been blogging, I've yet to join a swap, and I'm so glad I did.  There's really nothing like getting a package with surprise items inside, tailored all for meeeee.

Kerry paired me with Melizza from Pincushion Treats.  I have a suspicion she did that cause Melizza just had a wee babe (and OMG, he is so freakin cute!) and I'm on that bandwagon now.  Perfect!  Not to mention, we're in the same state, so shipping is pretty inexpensive and quick.

Now for the goodies...

Cute card to start it off right!  Wish I had thought of that...

 And what is this? Looks like a pattern...

But it's a notebook, how cute is that?!? I may have squealed when I realized.

A couple of grown up patterns...probably gonna be jumping on that Burda real soon.

And a wee bebe pattern.  Squeeee, how cute.  Not sure what language it's in, but Melizza put a note on it saying there's English instruction on the website. 

And a couple pieces of fabric!  I love the colors of the cotton on the right.  And the little birdie one on the left is a knit-just what I need right now.  Also, it feels like a vintage print to me, always a good thing!

I'm just thrilled with the goodies Melizza sent and can't wait to get crackin' using some of them!

Thank you, Kerry, for putting this all together, and thank you Melizza for being so thoughtful in your choices.   This was much more fun than I had hoped and I'll definitely participate again!

When's the next swap?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

mmm '13-week 5-going out with a whimper

Hmmm, this post has been patiently waiting around for me to finish it.  Work, travel and post travel exhaustion have taken it's toll.  Sorry for the delay, cause I'm sure everyone was waiting with baited breath ;-)

Let's make this quick, shall we?  This is a damn boring post, cause really, I kinda ran out of clothes at the end.  Everyday, I'm finding another article of clothing, both me-made and store bought, that isn't fitting anymore.  I forgot to take pictures two of the days this particular week, and the one picture I got is not mind blowing.  Oh well, they can't all be winners.

white t-shirt

black and white striped T (Marshalls?)
black maxi skirt (unblogged)
 this also doubles as my pregnancy Week 27 photo!

What I learned...It's hard to say as this month isn't indicative of my wardrobe as a whole due to the basketball edition hanging out in my front section.  However, it's been a learning experience trying out new combos, attempting to accessorize, which I'm kinda pretty bad at, and really trying to look cute when I leave the house.  It's so easy for me at the moment to throw on a pair of dingy yoga pants and a ratty t-shirt and call it a day.  Of course, going back to work was a huge impetus in not letting that happen.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  I particularly loved looking through the Flickr group and found quite a few fun, new (to me) blogs to read. 
And that is it, folks, my out with a whimper, last week of MMM '13!  Woohoo!