Sooo… anybody still here? I have pictures in this post!


I am seriously the worst blogger. Maybe I should change the name of my blog to something like GET OFF YOUR ASS, LARA! Sheesh…

Here’s what’s been going on in my world as of late. The running has been a bit slow to get started, but I think I’ve reached the point where I’m ready to commit and be consistent about it. Shane recently asked me what my goals were, and two things came to mind; the first is to be a high school music teacher with a bitchin’ program. This goal is a few years away, but it’s something I’m aiming for, that’s for sure. The second goal is to run a 10K. In fact, I know which one I want to do as the penultimate race, the 10K associated with the Edmonton Marathon. It takes place in August, so there is plenty of time to prepare. It is also the day before my brothers wedding, and I’m a bridesmaid. Do you guys think that it’s doable? I’d like to do some shorter races before that to prepare, but I think I’m pretty set on doing it. Fingers crossed that nothing happens to side track me!

Work is actually going very well at the moment. I got my assignment for next year, and I am THRILLED to report that I will be teaching absolutely NO elementary classes at all. I am really happy for this, it is what I asked for, but I also thought it would be a bit of a long shot. I was hoping to at least get my div. 1 classes taken from me (grades 1-3 for all you non teachers), so imagine my surprise when I actually got what I asked for! Instead of elementary music, I will be teaching grade 9 social studies. I am stoked to be doing this, as I love social studies. The only thing that makes me nervous is the fact that with a grade 9 core subject comes PAT (Provincial Achievement Test) stress.

In addition to my new schedule, I took my music students to band camp. After all the ‘This one time, at band camp…’ jokes were done, we had an awesome time. The kids performed really well, and they had a blast to boot. It was funny, because one student who didn’t come to the camp was saying to another student something along the lines of ‘It couldn’t have been that fun, you had four hours of rehearsal a day’, to which that student replied that she actually had a lot of fun doing the rehearsals. Score! We also did the typical bonfire night, movie night, and zip lining. I didn’t get to go unfortunately. You see, it was so freaking cold out that by the time all the students had gone and it was my turn (I had to clip them in and make sure their harnesses were on correctly), I was pretty sure I had hypothermia. I had to go inside and sit in my sleeping bag for like an hour! Despite that, it was a good time. The kids are so nice, they actually liked talking with the teachers, and invited me to play games with them, which was nice. I ended up playing badminton with a few of them, and after a rusty start, I thought to myself, ‘Hey, this isn’t bad! I bet I look like I know what I’m doing!’ Little did I know, they were secretly videotaping me, and when I saw the video, I realized that I did NOT look like I knew what I was doing, In fact, I couldn’t have looked like less of an athlete! Oh well, it was still fun, and it counted as exercise!

That’s a lot of stuff, and I haven’t even gotten to my sewing yet! This month, I have had two successful projects, both from the Colette Patterns line. They came out with their spring/summer patterns and they are pretty lovely, and I know I’m not alone in thinking that. The first one I tackled was the Iris shorts, this is what they’re supposed to look like:

Iris Shorts

And here are what mine look like:

They are great! This is the first time I had ever attempted anything that was pants like, and I am thrilled with the results.

 Normally I cut a 4 in Colette Patterns, but I went for a 6 this time just to be safe. It was probably the right choice at the time, as there is not much give in this fabric, but the shorts ended up getting quite big as the day went on, so I’m making a new pair in a size 4 to see how they hold up. The fabric I’m using for the new pair was super cheap, so if they don’t work out, I’m ok with it.

The only modification I made to the shorts was to lengthen the crotch about an inch. In the muslin I made previously, it was wedgie city, and that doesn’t look good on anyone. Seeing as I had never done pants (or shorts) before, I was sort of winging it. Luckily, it worked, God bless the internet and all its knowledgeable sewists!

Bask in the majesty of my shorts!

Ok, enough about the shorts. Colette also came out with a couple of dresses, and I managed to finish one of them, the Hazel. Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

The Hazel dress

Aaaaaaand, here’s mine:

Seriously? I LOVE this dress!

I made it in a size 4, but made the seam allowances larger (like 7/8″) to accommodate the extra room that appeared in my muslin.

I used a really pretty Marc Jacobs floral cotton poplin from Fabric Mart, and it was a total dream to sew with.

I guess the one ‘negative’ thing about this fabric is with the small flower print, you can’t see the interesting bodice detail very well. I’m ok with that, it just means that I get to make another version of this dress soon, and nobody will know that they are the same pattern!

This, my friends, is my life since I last blogged. I hope to have more running news soon (like breaking the 10 minute mile again), and many more cute outfits to share.



8 thoughts on “Sooo… anybody still here? I have pictures in this post!

  1. Nice looking duds! I can't tell if your dress has the bunched frills below the waist band like the original does, might be the fabric you used. Your hair is looking pretty rad in these, fyi.


  2. Great job! These are both cute! I'm working on the Iris shorts myself and having some issues with the fit. 😦 It's my first go at shorts/pants, and I'm unsure how to fix the problems I'm having. No fun! But I'm encouraged that yours turned out so well!


  3. Just found you via Burdastyle. LOVE your dress, it looks great on you! The print is nice, even if you can't see the cool bodice details. And the shorts are fantastic. Your music students sound really lucky, that band camp beats my time at band camp's ass. Well, orchestra camp… 7 am full orchestra rehearsal followed by breakfast, followed by sectionals, followed by sight reading, followed by trio/quartet coaching, followed by trio/quartet rehearsal… pretty nerdy stuff. Bonfires and ziplines sound SO FUN!


  4. Nice! I'm not into making Collette (I've got the book but haven't bothered) because it's not my style and people my size seem to have a sh*tload of trouble with alterations + fitting but I really like that dress on you. Also, please install disqus so I don't have to deal with the blindness inducing hideousness that is recaptcha, everytime I want to comment. Disqus handles spam blocking and enables cross platform commenting while keeping tabs on comments, responses, pings and trackbacks. Do it. Do it now!


  5. I just found my way here via the Colette blog.
    Love the shorts! And the dress is gorgeous.
    I'm off to band camp (we call it music camp here) in about a month. this is my first year teaching at an all boys' school, so it should be very interesting! Especially considering I'm a flute teacher and I kinda look like the girl from the movie. Haha!


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