so far, so good. today has been much less of a production than yesterday. leftover quinoa for breakfast with some ground flax seeds sprinkled in (supposed to have a serving of those every day), and lunch is a ridiculously easy raw soup: carrots, an apple, almond milk, and olive oil in the blender, garnished with a sprinkling of crumbs from a package of kale chips. sweet and cold, perfect for a summer lunch.
other things happening at the bernard ranch and spa: drafted a pattern this morning for my second sewn thing, another skirt based on the first but adding a yoke at the waistline with facings and adding a three-inch ruffle at the hemline. it's the laura skirt pattern from design-it-yourself clothes: patternmaking simplified by cal patch. i haven't found a photo from the book itself and (duh) neglected to take one when the book was in front of me (now it is all the way downstairs and i am all the way up here), but it's an a-line skirt of any length with a yoke of any depth and ruffle of any height and whatever level of ruffliness you want. my favorite thing about sewing, as with knitting or weaving, is the ability to choose my own adventure with each item. this particular skirt will be in a beautiful dark grey (i know: SHOCKING):
we'll see how it goes. i've gotten the pattern pieces cut out of my tracing paper:
next is to press and cut a muslin to be sure i didn't screw anything up and make adjustments if needed, meanwhile washing, drying, and pressing the grey fabric before cutting out the pieces and sewing them up. this will be my first time making a facing (there's basically a yoke on the inside and on the outside of the piece to give it some shape, flattering to the waistline) and my first time doing gathers. it's gonna be a lotta fun.™
and the other thing happening around here is the uke acquisition. mr. bee bought me a concert version of my soprano banjo ukulele, a firefly, but it turns out that the workmanship and materials on the concert version just isn't what it was on the soprano, which i adore. i emailed some photos to the terrific shop where both ukes came from, elderly instruments, and they've spent some time looking at those, looking at the instruments themselves, and speaking with me on the phone, and they're willing to send fedex to pick it up but don't have a better firefly to replace it with, so i'm trying to figure out what to do: keep the concert firefly anyway, exchange it for a different uke (if so, what? the bass i'd been thinking of for my next uke is, shall we say, unwelcome at my uke group), or return it altogether.
(edited to add photos of food and patterns!)