Sunday, July 01, 2007

The safari jacket is finally finished!

Gosh, I feel like the safari jacket has taken forever to finish, but finally it's done!!!! The fabric is a bit more wrinkly than I'd like it to be, but live and learn is just going to have to be the case. It's a 100% cotton twill from Joann's ~ I think something with a little stretch in it (or poly) would have helped with the wrinkle factor). I posted a review on PR ~ it has another picture showing the jacket with the belt.

Since I was on a roll, I also made myself two pairs of shorts using a pants pattern from the May 2007 issue of Burda WOF. I am so ecstatic at how well they turned out! Pants are a major struggle for me - getting them to fit that is (sewing is the easy part!). I was so delighted that they turned out to fit so well and will definitely be using this pattern again and again. I posted a review of these as well. They are #112 in that issue (the picture at the top with the jacket is one pair of the shorts I made).

I started working on Vogue 8386 last night for the wedding that is coming up next Saturday. I'm a little late in starting it, but so far it's going together well and hopefully it will fit well once it's completed. Keep your fingers crossed!

In other news, DH finished his last work weekend of overtime today and now will be officially debt free (not including the house) on Friday when he receives his paycheck! I'm so excited and plan to call Dave Ramsey on Friday to scream "WE'RE DEBT FREE!!!!" on the air. The other time I called his show I got through on the first ring, not sure if I'll be that lucky this time - I sure hope so. I find it so motivational to hear people call in and share their stories about getting out of debt. According to my excel spreadsheet, we have paid off right at $90,000!!! The number is actually a bit higher because I didn't include all the interest we paid that I didn't keep track of. That is some serious debt reduction and sacrifice in the last 14 months ~ I'm so proud of my DH & myself for being able to keep focused and kick our debt to the curb. Thank you honey for working so hard for our family ~ I love you more than you'll ever know! XOXOX


Mary said...

Congratulations on kicking all your debt! I told Honey that I wanted to check out the program -- sounds fantastic!

Love the jacket and shorts -- they turned out fabulous!

Vonne said...

Congratulations on kicking your debt !!!
Your jacket and shorts are fabulous. I am looking forward to seeing your dress too. I am always amazed at how much sewing you achieve, with a young family to take care of.

Anonymous said...

The jacket is cute. With your hair and face, you kinda look like Terri Irwin.

Loved your date-night dress too!

Have fun!

Connie said...

Hey Melissa!
Just found your SH Blog.........Love it! Andy is such a cutie as are all your kids; your DD is a carbon of you! I don't get to review too much anymore on Pattern Review; work keeps me tied up and too pooped for anything. When not working, I try to sew. Am still dreaming my "Sewing Business" dream and have read a few "How To Begin" books.
I know how you feel about kicking the debt......have been debt free for quite some time now myself. I love paying CASH for things I want.
Drop me a line sometime.
Love that SEXY dress and happy you and DH had such a wonderful time.