First and foremost: deployment to Afghanistan, again!!!! Yessssss!!!!
|Barrack boxes, check! big floppy sun protector, check! I'm on my way!!!|
Anyway, in preparation for the above I made:
- a couple of jackets
- several very lightweight cotton lawn shirts
- several sleeveless tops, to be worn under jackets - that's how I bent the "no sleeveless tops" rule
- a couple pairs of lightweight jeans-type trousers to match above.
Here's one of the shirts with a couple of the slacks I wore it with, blue linen and beige crinkle cotton.
|Shirt: McCall's 6035 view C; slacks: self-drafted, wide leg, elasticised waist.|
I combined the new stuff with wardrobe pieces I'd made for my previous deployment two years ago. And? Well, there's only so much eye candy one can create with a shirt+pants or jacket+top+pants combo. Despite that, my made-by-me wardrobe got a lot of attention over there: several times I was asked if I was a model. Me?! short little, way, way, waaaay past twenty-something, nothing to look at me?!!! Hahahahahah!!!!
Unrelated to the above, I also completed a couple of other new projects, still unblogged and unreviewed, and began one or two that are yet to be completed. The takeaway from all of that is that I'm a far better sewer than blogger.
Along with all of the above sewing, my time was sorely constrained by multiple trips out of town for Canadian mid-winter pre-dep training. Imagine looking for a mock IED (improvised explosive device) in a snowdrift, in the middle of a blizzard at -25C: that was an experience in itself.
Anyhoo, this time I got sent to Kabul. Oh the stories I could, can, and will, tell about my months there! I loved Kabul. In a word: fascinating!!!! Here's the above outfit, with light grey stretch cotton (Jalie) jeans, in action at the American University of Afghanistan:
|All the Afghan men I met readily shook my hand.|
And here's the view of the campus from its one and only multi-story building. The mountains in the background were gloriously covered with snow when I arrived there in February.
|American University of Afghanistan, Kabul campus.|
|I had this suit made for me by a Kabul tailor. The fabric is a lightweight silk-wool blend. The jacket plus slacks plus a pencil skirt cost $110!!!|
Have I been sewing since my return? Yes, a little. Mostly for others - not so much for me. But as a matter of fact, I'm sewing something nice for me right now. It'll be finished in a very few days.
Happy New Year, sewing blogosphere!
|Happy 2014 to everyone!|
Next year will be better. I truly believe that.