Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sewing and Fitness

See this:

You know what it is, right? (And I'm not talking about my machine, but what's BELOW it. Yep, it's an exercise ball. What does it have to do with sewing? Everything for me.

Sitting and standing are still painful for me, especially on a hard chair, or even a cushioned computer chair. I don't know what it is, but my neck really hurts after sitting for extended periods of time.

Two days ago, my computer chair broke. So I brought my Sissel ball out to use as my chair. It doesn't solve all my aches and pains, but it sure doesn't make them feel as bad as sitting on a hard chair, my computer chair, or sitting in my car. I'm a person who likes to be in constant movement. Whether it's twiddling my fingers, moving my legs, anything! The ball lets me "keep in motion", and I think that is good for my aches and pains.

And do you know what the plus side to this is? I woke up the next morning after using it and some ab muscles that I never knew I had were sore LOL. Or maybe that's just because I haven't been able to do any abs since the accident. Just sitting on the chair with a slight rolling motion, whether it be front to back or side to side, works the core. Today, I'm going to see if it's a suitable height for the times I'm using my sewing machine. (I just checked and it is :) !) In any case, if you want tighter, more toned abs, switch your computer chair to an exercise ball. For people like me who thrive on constant motion, and even the ones who don't, I'm sure you'll be pleased at the results over several weeks. When I'm given the okay to resume weightlifting and abs at the gym, I'm hoping that at least one part of my body, my abs, won't be in a full revolt.

Today I put the finishing touches on DH's jacket. It was supposed to be done last week, but he had issues with the sleeves. The ribbing at the bottom wasn't tight enough. This was AFTER I had used a knit stitch and finished the seam allowances--)*@#&$%)*@#&$)@#*!!! Seam ripping a knit stitch on fleece and ribbing? Puhleeeaaassseee...I'd rather be stuck with 10 sharp pins. But I did it anyway. That is what you call love!

Thank you to Laura for the update on Wonder Tape! I sure miss having it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Where's My Wonder Notion?

Who knows why it's hard to get Wonder Tape anymore, but I sure do miss it. It's a must-have notion for installing zippers in fleece garments and my DH's jacket has a very long front zipper.

On his KS jacket, the raw edges of the fabric where the zipper is installed are left raw and I hate that. It looks so...homemade :( . So I decided to bind the raw edges down the CF with bias tape. I think this was a wise decision. It made it easier to install the zipper with a minimal roller coaster effect from lack of Wonder Tape.

One more zipper side to go and it's done! Soon I'll post pics of his cozy jacket.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I Can't Believe It!

Pictures are coming! I finished my Lingerie set!!! It only took me 5X as long as usual :( though. My Lingerie set includes a short robe, bra and panties. Tomorrow I will do the reviews for all and enter the set in the Lingerie contest at PR.

I'll leave you with three chemo hats I finished last month for Stacey. BTW, she is doing SO well. Her tumor is almost non existent now and she just finished up chemo this past week. Hopefully she can wear these as just winter hats or give them away to someone who might need them. Sometimes we don't need reminders of where we've been.

Here are the final 3 chemo hats in the set:

Tomorrow I will post my "Beautiful Blue Moon" Lingerie Set.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Struggling to Sew

I had a bad week last week so I spent no time at the sewing machine, thanks to the lady who plowed her car into my van. So I'm currently struggling to work on my bra and panty set for the Lingerie contest over at PR. The bra should take me a day, and it might take all of this week to finish it unfortunately. It really depends on how I feel and how long my body can take sitting in a chair at the machine.

At this point, I'm just hoping to be well enough to work on it just a little bit each day in order to finish it by the contest deadline.

We'll see...sure hoping to have some pretty pics of some luscious lingerie by Saturday.