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09:13 pm: Sense of accomplishment
I had my first English club meeting today. Luckily, this time I was given some direction: the English club is supposed to give a 10 minute performance at an English seminar next month, then again (the same performance) at a "creative" event the school is having. (On a related note, I'm supposed to give a 20 minute speech on "Living in Japan" at the seminar.) The easiest thing for the students to do is sing/dance in English. After much debate, they decided upon three songs (two from Disney movies) that they want to sing.

After I got home, I put the finishing touches on my first project using my Japanese sewing machine. You can't really tell from the picture, but there are four buttons on the shirt, which I'm relatively proud of, since figuring out how to make the buttonholes was an adventure. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, for a first try.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 7th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
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Why are you so talented!? That shirt looks great! (And I bet it was a lot less than 50 bucks?)

I haven't the faintest clue how to make buttonholes, so I'm unbelievably impressed that you made not one, but four of them.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 7th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
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And I bet it was a lot less than 50 bucks?

Well, let's see...I'd estimate...
$23 for the fabric
$5 for the pattern
$4 for the buttons
$2 for the thread
$150 for the sewing machine.

Well, at least the sewing machine is reusable.

I'm unbelievably impressed that you made not one, but four of them.

The sewing machine comes with a buttonhole-making pressure foot. The tricky part is marking the fabric *exactly* where you want the buttonhole to be. After that, the machine pretty much does the rest automatically. ...And then you get to use a seam ripper to slash the hole open. That's the fun part.
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From:mereflair
Date:October 7th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)

NICE!

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That is BEAUTIFUL!
I like your fabric!
You did it so fast!
I want a fashion show! ^_^
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 7th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)

Re: NICE!

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If I ever make anything my size, I'll be sure to have someone take a picture of me wearing it.

I had actually hoped to pick a fabric design with a bit less of the pink flowers and butterflies and such, but the store didn't have enough of the bold blue or black designs I wanted. I figured teal was my next best option.

I think tomorrow I may try going to Otsu again to check out the craft store there...unless it's typhooning again.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 7th, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC)

Awesome!

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That could easily be an Aloha shirt as in Hawai'i. It's beautiful! Now I'm afraid there would be a fight over it.

Now that you figured out how to add your own seam allowance to the pattern pieces and how to do the buttonholes,I imagine pretty soon you won't need a pattern at all.

Next step, (drumroll)...designing your own!

Love, Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 7th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Awesome!

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Now I'm afraid there would be a fight over it.

<g> Starting tomorrow is a three-day weekend, so I'm hoping to make a second shirt. It should go a lot faster now that I already have the pattern pieces cut to the right size and I've figured out how to use the sewing machine.

I imagine pretty soon you won't need a pattern at all.

<gulp> I'm afraid that's still *way* over my head. It's amazing the bizarre shapes all the pieces come in, so that they will look right when they're folded and tucked in various ways. I don't think I could ever come up with some of these things on my own.
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