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Darned arthritis has flared up *bad*. The first joint on my middle finger, right hand and the thumb on my left hand are so swollen and sore I can't do any hand work today. So the kilt is on hold.
I will spend today making McCalls 5138
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view D, but with short sleeves, for older DD for the trip this summer. She has hemi-hypertrophy, and I like making things for which actually *fit*. I have two shirts cut out, and yesterday we had a fitting, so I'm good to go. I altered the collar to a two-piece stand collar, and lowered the bust-line darts a bit (why do pattern makers assume *everyone* has high perky breasts???. You'd think they would include that alteration along with the "petite" variation.)
The pattern is for "woven" fabric. One shirt is beige oxford-cloth the other is a beautiful striped stretch fabric. I cut the stretch fabric using one-size smaller. I'll probably have one more fitting on that one to be sure it doesn't need to be taken in more, it has quite a lot of stretch.
Beverly
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Ouchies! ((((((Beverly))))))
Oh, smart! :)
Sounds good. What kind of stretch is it? Woven with Lycra, or a knit? Either way sounds good.
I've been making a toile for a wedding outfit (MoG), and battling voile! I'm also trying to ignore a nasty bite that has swollen up my whole right ankle and ITCHES LIKE CRAZY!
Oh and muttering ebrocations about a pattern not turning up that I'm supposed to have the toile for ready for tomorrow's fitting! If it gets here with the post at lunchtime I MIGHT JUST get it done! This will be another voile toile! ;)
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Thanks!
Woven, I'm guessing with Lycra/Spandex. She bought both pieces while I was looking for other stuff. Six inches stretches to 7.75", so a lot of stretch. But it's wonderfully smooth, and silky feeling, and the colors are fabulous.
Topical Benadryl! Or, my DH's favorite "Cures everything remedy" Campho-Phenique. Or Mom's "stop-the-itch" formula, apply a paste of baking soda ;-)
Good luck!
Beverly
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I've never 'eard of that woid, Kate. Did you perhaps mean "imprecations" or is this one of those esoteric family constructions?
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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Wishful thinking? (At age 51, I'm def in the average, not so perky group.)
Good luck on all the sewing and here's hoping your flare calms down in short order.
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Hi Beverly, Sorry to hear about your arthritis. Do you have any medicine that works? I like that pattern. I have recently begun sewing blouses (with all my Hawaiian print fabric). I looked at the one but got this one instead:
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It came out nicely but I have to make such a large size to get it not pull over the bust and then it is too large in other places (and I am not that big there!). I am working on that little fitting issue.
I hope you are back to sewing in no time. WHen is the big vacation?
Kirsten
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I missed the 'm' out: should read 'embrocations'. ;) Comes in the same set as casting nasturtiums rather than aspersions - a Malapropism perpetrated (deliberately for fun) by my dad and adopted forever by the family.
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I can so relate....my sympathies. It's so frustrating to want to sew, but not be able to because of finger and hand pain.
Hope it settles down for you soon.
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At 67, mine gave up being perky a loooong time ago!
Thanks! I did get a lot of machine sewing done today, plus I just mowed the lawns. Probably won't help the arthritis any....
Beverly
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I take Celebrex, and for the most part it keeps things on an even keel. I think the middle finger-left thumb are sore because they are in such constant use when I do *hand* stitching, which is *all* there is with the kilt.
Oh, I like that one! DD wanted the additional bust dart, so she chose 5138, but I would not have had to alter the collar on 3541.
Too large in what other places? Like, across the back? Or the collar? Or ??? Maybe you could cut the front from one size, and cut everything else using the next size smaller? Just be sure you make the small adjustments for the neckband and collar, too.
Oh, I put in several hours at the SM today, I just can't do *hand stitching*.
Mid-June to early July. Yeah!!!
Beverly
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Thanks. I iced my hands last night, and if I have to I can increase my Rx a bit, so I'm sure I'll be fine soon.
Beverly
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Oh yes, we know all about casting nasturtiums in our family. Gets us exremely aggrannoyed!!
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans
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Casting nasturtiums is not as bad as giving someone an old tomato. I hate that.
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I'm so sorry you are having this pain. DH used to get similar pains, could hardly hold some things there for a while, but someone recommended he take Glucosamine and Chondroitin. He was warned it might not work, but tried it for a couple of months and it made a HUGE difference. He wouldn't be without it now. Apparently it only works for about 50% of people, which is why some swear by and and others swear at it. If you haven't tried it, you might give it a go.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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I have recently begun sewing blouses (with all my
Hint. This is why many of us have gone over to pattern drafting software.
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I relate to the "could hardly hold some things..." bit, and it gets more and more difficult to open jars etc., too. I take two tablets of Glucosamine 1500MG/Chondroitin Sulfate 1200mg every day and have been for a few years. The benefit was great when I first started taking it, I think eventually the effect gets less and less. I still take it, though, every day. Can't hurt, right? I just know one of these days researchers will find a really effective treatment. In the mean time, I just keep plugging away.
Beverly
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What about heat? I've found that even holding my hands under hot water for a while seems to help. I've tried dripping candlewax, too, but that only does for a small joint. I've seen parafin baths, though, and thought that would feel lovely.
For jars, I couldn't do without my thin rubber pieces. They usually are give aways, with advertising of some kind on them, but I swear by them. The ones in the stores are too thick and stiff. I always have several handy, one for the lid, one to hold the jar.
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You need to learn how to properly alter a smaller size for a large bust. THen I guarantee (speaking from personal experience) that you will have a nicer fit.
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(Pay attention to the point on Colleen Jones's article, the second link, where it says that most people forget about adding additional length to compensate for a larger bust.)
or, as Olwyn says, try pattern-drafting software.
If you don't want the dart in a shirt, then gather or pleat the dart allowance into the side seam (gathering works for most, but I have 4 inches of dart uptake so I have to pleat mine). It works best in drapier and lighter fabrics, but I have used it for heavier fabrics also.
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I have received such mixed advice about heat vs. cold. The finger joint was so inflamed looking, red, swollen, tender to the touch, that I decided to ice it. It almost appeared to be like a "jammed digit" injury, but I know I didn't jam it.
I have a great little gadget I've had since we moved into this house (anybody else remember "Welcome Wagon"?) ;-) It's hard to describe, but it has two parts, which you move until they are the size of the lid, then clamp down and twist. Works every time. Trouble is I need to also have a good grip on the jar with the other hand, and sometimes *that* hand is also giving me fits. Of course the old rap-the-edge-of-the-lid-on-the-counter works in a pinch. Or running hot water over the lid.
I don't know, maybe I better get married again......
Naaaahhhh
Beverly
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