January 23, 2005

Mad science.

I have set aside today for rubbing my hands together and cackling and spending hours at a time hunched over an obscure and complicated project involving lots of sketching and planning and feeding raw materials through whirring machines only to see them come out transformed into the stuff of my ambitious and convoluted dreams. What I require to make this happen is as follows:

  • Lots of tea,
  • Double chocolate coffee toffee cookies (I'd kiss whoever invented this flavor, if I could stand still long enough),
  • $15 worth of assorted merchandise from Ashby Discount Fabrics,
  • A 20" by 30" sketch pad of blank sheets,
  • A #2 pencil and a generous assortment of erasers,
  • Jacob's stereo and my collection of Clash CDs, and
  • My upstairs neighbor's sewing machine.

This is gonna be good. It's gonna be purple.

Posted by dianna at January 23, 2005 02:13 PM

Oh, I forgot Scotch tape. I may have to go out and restock on that at some point.

Posted by: Dianna at January 23, 2005 03:00 PM

That first sentence is pretty much what my job entails every day.

So what was the result? And was it purple?

Posted by: Erik at January 24, 2005 07:23 AM

i sewed this weekend too. i made a skirt. it's purple, cream, and blue.

ok. i didn't make a skirt. i turned a dress into a skirt by some cutting and some addition of elastic and a tiny bit of hemming.

maybe i'll wear it on friday. it's totally not a normal wear article of clothing though. heh, do i care? no, i don't care.

Posted by: michele at January 24, 2005 09:27 AM

It's not purple yet, actually. Today's monster is blue and stripey, and has sleeves so long I can hide my hands in them. I need to do more cackling and sketching and cutting before I borrow the sewing machine again and make purpleness.

Posted by: Dianna at January 24, 2005 09:28 AM

Michele, wear it! I don't care if it's a normal wear article of clothing! As long as it won't get destroyed taking it off and putting it back on to try stuff on at the thrift store, you should wear it.

I'm wearing my stripey shirt today even though it doesn't have a single hem finished. Ha. At least my hands are warm.

Posted by: Dianna at January 24, 2005 10:01 AM


I have an important question for you, missy. You have gifted me with six yards of incredibly gorgeous embroideredy satiny fabric in the form of a sari. Would you be offended/delighted/indifferent/resigned/approving if I were to sew it into the form of something else and then wear it constantly instead of leaving it in my closet and thinking about how pretty it is?

Posted by: Dianna at January 24, 2005 10:08 AM

1. didn't you PAY for that sari?

2. of course you can do whatever you want to it! it is for you to cut up and sew and create and do whatever. brian danny cut his up and made curtains, for example. i will be delighted at whatever ensues.

3. i might advise you to restrain from cutting and sewing till AFTER my b-day party since maybe you want to dress up in a sari to look in character as an indian goddess. although, if you cut it up and make something wearable, you could just wear that. you don't have to look indian. mind you, the rest of us (girls) will be dressing indian style though.

Posted by: michele at January 24, 2005 10:13 AM

1. Since I can't specifically recall having done so at any point, I'm going to assume that I did not, and that I should therefore do so now.

2. Curtains?! That lucky bastard. I want sari curtains. I don't know if I want them more than I want to live with Jacob, though, and he has Issues with gold embroidery.

3. I was thinking about that. I need to figure out what I'm making and find a pattern, and then decide if I have time to finish it before -- what, February 12th? Is that it? It needs to be either a wearable sari or a wearable (vaguely Indian-patterned) dress at that point, yes.

Posted by: Dianna at January 24, 2005 10:31 AM

feb 5th.

i think you paid. i'm pretty sure you did. everyone else did. ha, that's a lie. jolie never paid. but i think you did....i think so. oorr maybe you didn't? i don't know. i didn't give it to you personally, you picked it up at my mom's with peanut. so maybe you never did pay! unless it was a birthday present? no, i got you language books for your birthday. and i didn't do xmas presents this year. huh. maybe you never did pay. but maybe you did. so i vote we assume that you did. and if not, we shall call it a gift for taking peanut and that other cat off my mom's hands. because that was great.

Posted by: michele at January 24, 2005 10:44 AM

5th. Oops. At least I was within a week of correct.

You know, the Humane Society makes you pay $75 for taking cute fluffy cats off their hands, and doesn't throw in free litter and food and a cat tree, much less a sari. From now on I'm going to recommend that people adopt cats from your mom instead of from them. Also, I finally got to pet the Scaredy Cat the other day. She didn't try to kill me.

Posted by: Dianna at January 24, 2005 10:50 AM

Hmmm. Feb 5th. I'd better go look at patterns tonight, then. No time to lose!

Posted by: Dianna at January 24, 2005 10:52 AM