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July 2

Thoughts for Tuesday

Thank you all so, sooo much for the kind outpouring of thoughts and words to help me get through my loss of Baxter.  You are all terribly kind and it meant so much to have so many of you giving me your condolences.

 

I’d be lying if I said I was all better…  But truth is, things are still rough for me.  I got a call from the vet yesterday saying “Baxter is ready to be picked up” in the most chipper way you can imagine.  And that set off another wave of grieving.  (Mind you, I didn’t even pick up the ashes… it was just the call).

Felix has been really supportive and Quincy too is helping me deal.  Quincy is a great little bun, but I haven’t had him as long as I’ve had Baxter.  And as a result, Quincy was bonded more to Baxter than to me.  While Baxter was bonded to me more than she was with Quincy.

So while I can’t pick favorites… Baxter and I were a team.  That being said, Quincy has been a tiny bit more affectionate with me which I’m very grateful for.  I’d be at a loss if he also weren’t around to pet and play with.

Getting my mind off things has been a bit help and I started sewing a tiny bit over the weekend.  Seeing as how there’s a brand new Colette pattern that is perfect for the summer, I thought I’d try to take part of the sew-along that they’re organizing.

Hawthorn Dress Sewalong

I’m not really into the contest portion, I’m just looking to do some sewing with some other gals and try to have some fun.  Of course winning anything would be fun, but that’s not my motivator right now, ya know?!

I went fabric shopping on Friday late afternoon/evening in attempts to get out of the house.  I was more detached than usual to shop for fabric, but I managed to make some decisions as far as fabric and buttons were concerned.

I bought two fabrics: a navy seersucker (which looks more like a gauze than seersucker) and a cotton chambray.  It seems everyone and their mother is sewing with this fabric and loving it, so I thought I’d see what all the hype was about and buy some for my very own.

I’m planning on making the sleeveless version as well as one with shorts sleeves but I haven’t decided which fabric will be for which yet.

I finally finalized my muslin last night and the fit was a bit different from I’m used to.  While I don’t have any images for you guys I will say:

  • I had to lower my bust dart points & move them towards the side
  • Seems to have a bit more negative ease than usual (but maybe it’s just me and all the chocolate I’ve eaten lately.)
  • My back bodice piece was perfect… it’s just the front that needed attending to.
  • I had to add a tiny bit of length to the bodice even though I’m short-waisted.

I’m hoping to make the final adjustments to the flat pattern tonight as well as starting to cut out some fabric.  But we’ll see where the day takes me…

Thanks again for being awesome you guys!

  1. Lynn / Jul 2 2013

    Don’t expect to get better fat or all at once. When I lost my do a few years back, it was awful. . .he was my buddy and, being retired, I spent all day with him everyday. It tooks months for me to be able to talk about him without struggling not to cry. Be good to yourself.

  2. Sarah / Jul 2 2013

    Take care, Liz. Grief is a slow process. ((HUGS))

  3. Shar / Jul 2 2013

    I was so sorry to read about Baxter. Pets are family and it sounded like you and her were best buddies.

    I’m doing the Colette sewalong too. My first sewalong was for the Gertie coat. I was new to sewing and to Flickr and you were one of the first to comment on the muslin I posted. In my mind at the time since the pattern was marked as ‘Easy’ and there was a sewalong, I figured why not? It was really way ahead of my skill level and it’s still a UFO, but I did learn quite a bit and really appreciated your feedback at the time. I’m very excited about the Hawthorn pattern and I have a red cotton bandanna print to use for the sleeveless version. It should come out much better than my coat!

  4. Amanda / Jul 3 2013

    Thinking of you in this tough time :(
    The Colette sewalong looks lovely- I must admit to caving in to the chambray idea as well recently. There are some lovely dresses in it out there :)

  5. Elena Knits / Jul 3 2013

    Grieving is a slow process, so take your time. Been there. Your heart will heal, but it just needs time.

    I also had to modify the front bodice, but raising the darts. Fortunately, it was just that. Looking forward to seeing your finished dress!

  6. Ami / Jul 3 2013

    Love the sound of your fabric choices for the Hawthorn! I have ordered some seersucker too and I am making a yellow gingham sleeveless version also. It’s a lovely pattern isn’t it! :)

  7. Kelly / Jul 3 2013

    Keep taking care of yourself, losing a pet is losing a best friend! I’m looking forward to seeing your Hawthorn!

  8. Loran / Jul 3 2013

    I just read your last two posts and I’m SO sorry to hear about Baxter. Some creatures have a strong hold on our hearts, and letting go is awful. Two and a half years later I still cry over Gwen, my greyhound, if I think about it enough. Grieving is slow and necessary. Crying is good, loving is good, sewing can be good. My heart goes out to you. Looking forward to see what you do with Hawthorn : )

  9. Tania / Jul 4 2013

    I hope that with time you cope better …it takes time. Take care.

  10. Shannon / Jul 18 2013

    Oh no! I’ve been out of town and this was so sad to come back to. I’m terrible at this sort of thing but I hope you’re alright. Baxter seemed like such a sweet bunny (I loved the fat stage picture of her!) and I’m sure she’ll be missed terribly. I hope you start to feel better!

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