Things happen in Threes

Thirty nine years ago on the Friday before spring break, I was hit by a car.  This was long before the cell phone.  The accident was my fault.  I was too young to cross a busy street alone, but had also tired of calling my dad to escort me back and forth across the street.  As I crossed the street, I got sidetracked by a dead rabbit in the middle of the road.  A young woman couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting me.   

Eleven years ago, as I drove down a busy street in Oak Park Illinois, a 10 year old boy dashed in front of my car.  There was no way to avoid hitting him.  It happened in an instant, tossed over the hood of my car.  I don’t know the full extent of his injuries and probably never will.     

Accidents really do happen in threes.  This weekend as my daughter played at the park across the street from our house, one of her best friends, a precious little gift of a girl,  was hit by a car.   This was followed by…ambulance, hospital stay, skull fracture, panic and tears from friends and family, worry, xrays, eye exams and bad hospital food.  It could have been so much worse.  Not to get all Jonathan Edwards on you, but I was reminded this time, like the time before that…that life can change in an instant. 

Please, remind your children to use the crosswalk, be an example of that rule, and as a driver, pay attention. 

I worry that the fourth time I won’t be so lucky.  Slow-Property-Sign-K-1311

How I spent my lunch break

On my lunch break today I decided to go through a bag of kid clothes that have been making me insane in the laundry room. I found some of Aida’s old clothes that for one reason or another I never gave away. I decided to try to sell this jumper on eBay cause it is a nice, name brand, high fashion item. As I was reading through other people’s listings they made me chuckle. So, I put an honest spin on the post and am personally getting a kick out of it. Check it out and bid away!!!!!

Rocking boots this season…look what else arrived!!!

Three years ago I shopped at a rather expensive shoe shop and found a pair of boots I just HAD to have.  They were way too exepensive for our budget somewhere between $250 and $300.  Weeks later, I returned during a sale to get the boots and they were gone.  Since that day I have regretted not buying the boots.  About two years ago, I turned to ebay and set up an auto search for the boots and my size.  A few times over the years, people would post boots, but not my size…until recently.  I finally got my boots.  Corso Como in my size and I paid a whopping $85 for them.  Smooth like butter and so flipping cute.   Yay ebay.

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When I opened the package today, and I saw that thing, I was like.. “yay!”

I have been on a quest lately to find high quality tailored clothes that rock and wear like art.  So, I went a little Etsy hunting and got this piece that I LOVE so much I almost don’t want to share it with you cause I don’t want anyone else in my neighborhood wearing it.  But, alas, I have to share the details.

The dress I fell in love with on Concertino.

In late September I found the shop Concertino.    Her tag line says “all items in my shop can be make plus size!”  I LOVE this woman.  I was curious to see what she could make in plus size, what she couldn’t, how she could tailor and change items to make them exactly how I want.  For all of these questions I got immediate, polite responses.  I headed out to a tailor and had all of my measurements taken (which I keep with me all of the time….just in case I see something great.)  On October 16, I e-mailed my order to Concertino with my measurements and a special request to make the front of the dress a little longer than is shown in the photo.  She promptly sent me an invoice and added $9 for the customization.  She kept in constant contact with me, updated me when it was in the mail and sent a tracking number.  Yesterday when I opened the package I was seriously jumping for joy.  The dress is a piece of art.  I have had  compliments on it already.   I don’t want to take it off.

Me in my dress. In my head, I look JUST like the girl above. 

I am going to order a coat.  I have to have one.  So beautiful.

I can barely contain myself…

The skirt party was such a blast.  The mix of women was outstanding and Lisa did such a great job.  She really knows how to encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.  I ordered a pencil skirt (crazy, I know) but she talked me into it and by saying it is a perfect shape to figure flatter.  She talked me into a shirt…no idea how that’ll look, but I love the shimmery fabric we chose and it matches my Fatbaby boots perfectly.  I also have the A line skirt on order with some cute trim that she’s going to chose for me.  Here is a photo of the fabric for the a line skirt.

This will be made into an A line skirt. It a rich textured fabric. I LOVE it!

Even little Aida ordered a skirt.  I also really want the jacket I showed you last post.  So, I’ll be owing her a million dollars once this is all said and done, but I can’t wait to see the finished projects.

I loved that Lisa wasn’t pushy at all, in fact she asked me to tell the gals who didn’t order anything not to feel bad.  So VERY cute of her.  I can’t wait to hear how she’s going to roll this all out.  We had such a nice chat about tailored clothes, sewing as a community connection and multi-generational relationships. I really like this woman.  I forsee a spring/summer skirt party when we bring out the dresses!!!!!  Here is her Pintrest board with tons of amazing fabrics and patterns.  I couldn’t see Aida’s skirt fabric or my shirt fabric.  Will post photos when she has them.

Skirt Party Prep

I am so excited to have the skirt party this Friday.  Some of you may remember earlier this year when I met the amazing sewist Poldapop and her beautiful fabrics.  What, you may ask, is a skirt party?  Well, Lisa fashions custom-made skirts, dresses, and handbags to each person’s specifications. You can design your own skirt, dress, or handbag with creative input from Lisa. She has a great eye for fabric and will make sure that the finished product is exactly what you want. I visited her home a couple of weeks ago to go through her fabrics and select a pattern.   I’ll be her first plus sized gal to work with and she set up a plus size board.  I can’t find the skirt pattern on her Pinterest board right now, but I do know that THIS is the next thing I hope she’ll make for me.

 

To see examples of Lisa’s work, visit her PoldaPop blog. You’ll see what she’s currently working on and find links to photos of the skirts, dresses, and handbags she has created for others.  She has a lot of great Pinterest boards as well.

To my local friends, if you didn’t get invited, it is only because space is very limited.  She can only handle so many projects at once.  I’ll try to have another party in the spring or contact her yourself.  I’ll happily join you!!