{how a skirt becomes a shirt and other tales of seams gone bad}

Will this start a trend you think?  Is it a skirt?  Could be.  A shirt?  Double duty!

Will this start a trend you think? Is it a skirt? Could be. A shirt? Double duty!

Sigh. I should warn you, if you have a weak stomach, some of this post may not sit well with you.

So, I’ve been sick for about a week now. Pretty dog gone sick. Remember back when I said we had been working to clean up a rental property we had? Well, the house was completely flea infested. I didn’t know this of course until after we’d spent a day in there working and I came home with like 50+ bites. Horrible. Very very ItChY!! (never EVER never be a landlord – so not fun).

And remember back when I told you all my Dad had had a heart attack and was hospitalized? And I went to visit him? I had all of those bites raging at that time. And I must have scratched them while I was there – and picked up germs on my hands and introduced it into my leg. And contracted MRSA. Totally, totally disgusting and probably the most painful thing I have ever had. More than having 3 babies. Seriously. My entire leg swelled up, I could hardly walk, it throbbed, burned, ached over my entire body and I would share more details but really, it’s just gross. They surgically opened it up and it’s getting better but man, I have been out of my mind this week. If I’ve emailed you or talked to you lately and it all came up jibberish and the like – I’ve not gone mad, just under pain meds and pain.  I was already a bit of a germ -a-phob before this happened as my friends can attest and THIS has just thrown me over the top. Blah-ick! Next time I go to a hospital I will have on full coverage shoes, socks and pants that totally cover my legs, wash 20 times and then put on hand sanitizer and more.

One of the down sides, the baby is being treated with a topical antibiotic as a preventative for some odd looking spots on her legs. She’s otherwise just fine. And everybody else here seems to have escaped the wrath of this evil superbug but we still have a few more days to be sure.

Stunning shhhh-kirt! LOL!

Stunning shhhh-kirt! LOL!

One of the days I was sick, I thought, ha ha, I thought I’d try to sew for a bit. I found a tutorial for a skirt here at Just Deanna, her Girly Twirly Skirt. Seemed easy enough and I thought it was well written and illustrated. However, in my daze I gathered and gathered and attached and sewed and when I got all done I had this big pouf where it should not have been on the top tier. I had one of my girls try it on and my husband and I looked at it and just scratched our chins. “Hmm, lift your arms honey”, I said. And zip zap, hey! Now it’s a shirt! I added a couple of straps and both girls loved it. I call it, the schkirt, pronounced shhhhh-kirt. In the end, days later, I discovered that the bottom tier you are to cut TWO of each. I cut ONE. Yeah. That would do it. The moral of the story. Don’t sew while sick or you too will experience “seams gone bad”.

The bag here made for Teegan, matches the diaper bag I made her Mom.

The bag here made for Teegan, matches the diaper bag I made her Mom.

So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I did manage to not screw up adding some ruffles to a pair of jeans and an applique to a tshirt for a friend.

My June giveaway was a set of repurposed market bags which went to Crystal, new Mom of twin girls. They’ll be on their way to you shortly Crystal. For July, I thought I’d giveaway one of my mini-notebook covers so you can take notes on the fly in your sewing room, etc. And this month, leave a comment about a sewing mishap you’ve experienced. Or if you don’t sew, just any old project gone wrong kind of story will do.

Still laying around with my feet up. And slowly on the mend. Only me. Only weird little things like this happen to me. Shhheez! Hope all is well with you and yours. Looking forward to commiserating with you on your “seams gone bad”.

xoxo,

Trish

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2 Responses

  1. Oh! I am so sorry to hear about your skin thing. Hope you and your dad are on the mend. Sending good thoughts and vibes your way…
    Seems like everything I try to sew ends up looking a bit wonky at first. I think I rip out more seams than I actually sew, if that’s possible. I tried sewing a clutch purse, which after it was all said and done, ended up looking not so bad, but it seemed like a ‘simple’ project took forever. I hope it gets better the more I sew.

  2. Oh my Trish! What an awful thing to go through. Last summer my sister was in the hospital for 10 days with what some people thought was MRSA, but turned out not to be. Very similar symptoms though. It took her months to get her leg back to normal again.

    Your shkirt is just darling! You know, lots of great things were discovered by mistake, like the double stuff Oreo and post-it notes! Perhaps you’re on to something here!

    Hope you are back on your feet soon,
    MGM

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