Saturday, February 24, 2007

Doppelganger

[I wrote this yesterday...] Da da, it's my birthday! Da dum, it's my birthday! And my Mum is getting BETter! It's been a tough 6 weeks but things look like they are finally moving in the right direction.
So about my birthday - I've only been thinking about getting a dressmaker's dummy for about 30 years and today I got one.
my new dummy
My Dad is here for the day and since he has a car, we drove to the Fabricland where I wondered if I'd have to order a dummy. But no! Not only did they have lots in stock, they were 40% off just until tomorrow for members only. Woot!
my new dummy
It's not fancy but I am really looking forward to finally using a dummy for more than just fitting. I might even, eventually, sign up for that pattern making class at the college where I teach. It's part of a larger program but they might let me take just the one course.
my new dummy
She's a nice pink colour and she's as small as this size gets - unfortunately, when I get upstairs to the sanctity of my sewing room, I'm going to have to crank open those dials almost all the way for this size. However, I have been going to the gym - it's one of the main things that has helped during Mum's problem - and I have actually lost an entire pound. Yes, I did say "one pound". When I was 20 I weighed 25 pounds less than what I weigh today at age 49. Not horrible and I call it my "survivor fat" - if I fell off a boat tomorrow, I'd be able to live for a while on it - but I'd still like to be a little lankier than I am now. Never mind. Que sera, sera and all that.
my new dummy

7 comments:

BBRUG said...

Happy birthday! What an excellent present for yourself. And hooray for your mom!

About that survivor fat: I'd say twenty-five pounds over twenty-nine years is not bad at all. I should know, having gained somewhere between thirty and forty pounds in the last fourteen years. And for the last two weeks I've resumed going to the gym (after a three-month hiatus) and begun calorie-counting, just to see where it gets me, and lo, I've lost one lousy pound. I put the weight on relatively quickly, therefore I think it should drop off just as easily. Fair's fair, right?

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday! What a great birthday gift.

Sherry said...

Happy Birthday. She is so pretty in hot pink. You must name her!
I got out mine today to take some photo's of aprons to put up on my Etsy. I decided to name her "Midge" for "Barbies" friend. I don't think they even make poor Midge anymore.
Well have a Happy Day!

ML said...

A very Happy Birthday to you. Love the present!

Anonymous said...

A Happy belated Birthday to you Julia...congrats on your dummy...nice sewing present. I have been going through a list of professional dressmaking books for my birthday this year...lol from the Rundschau Verlag (Publishers of the Rundschau magazine)

Glad to read your mom is on the road to full recovery.

I have been trying to get some sewing done but sometimes things just won't go as planned....but its moving along slowly.

I say Yeeessss, try and get into the Patternmaking course, it is quite freeing!!!! a wonderful experience.

Heather

JuliaR said...

BBRUG, I agree about the fair but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work that way - unless you are a man! My husband can lose weight just by quitting drinking. Not fair!

Thanks Sharon and ML!

Sherry, I actually had a Midge when I was little! I still think I may start her name with a "D" but I'm working on it.

Heather, good to hear from you. Thinking more and more about that course and will let you know when I decide.

Linda said...

I am so behind on my blog reading that I decided to stop in today. One I am glad to read that your mom is better and two that you recently had a birthday. Good for you to get a dressform and on sale to boot!

Happy belated birthday. Good to see the dressform is being put to great use.