A Tale of Two Gingers

My lovely ginger boy, Henry, has had to have a trip to the V….E…..T.

He’s normally a big boy but was looking skinny, always looking for food and his back legs seemed a bit weak.

Anyway, a blood test, a blood pressure check and couple of hundred euros later, it turns out he has hypertension caused, probably, by some kidney problems.  Who would have thought such laid back animals as domestic cats could get hypertension? Anyway, he now has to have two different medicines administered orally with a syringe every day.   At the moment I’m keeping him in overnight then putting the medicine on a bit of tuna first thing so he’s hungry enough to eat it.  I’ve tried administering it directly down his throat but he chokes and spits and generally makes a huge fuss and the medicine often ends up on the floor.  The medicine for the hypertension will be for life so if anybody knows how to do this without causing stress – and thus more hypertension – I would be grateful for any tips.

The second ginger in my life is my pair of Ginger Jeans.  Yes! They’re finished – I was waiting for silver rivets to arrive before showing you.  If you remember my first pair – they turned out O.K. but I couldn’t bend my knees (or much else) due to using fabric with no stretch.  I made these ones in exactly the same size but, due to using the right fabric, they fit.  Who would have thunk it?

Here’s a full length pic.  I wouldn’t normally wear everything so cropped on the top with skinny jeans but, as this is all about the jeans, I wanted to show you them properly.

I probably wouldn’t normally wear skinny jeans with heels either but, because the pattern on this denim is so ‘extravagant’, I probably could ‘posh them up’ with a dressy top and heels.  Just thinking aloud here.

A few close ups of jeans laid flat so you don’t have to study my nether regions too much to see the details.

The silver rivets were ordered from Japan as I couldn’t find them anywhere else and wanted them to go with the silvery grey pattern and the top stitch thread I used.  I was quite pleased with my top stitching overall and I managed to hide a bit of a ‘wobble’ on the waistband with one of the belt loops.

I did a simple design on the pockets and stressed for a long time about where to place them.  Apparently pocket placement is a big deal with jeans.  How close should they be to the centre seam and the yoke, what angle of slant should there be, how high or low to place them – apparently all make a difference to the way your derrière will present itself to observers (should there be any).  In the end though, I pinned them on in the position I thought would be right but nearly did myself an injury twisting round to look at my own denim clad bottom in the mirror – Mr. Tialys being unavailable for comment – so on they went for better or worse.

I don’t think I’m being unreasonable when I say I’m excited by a coin pocket.

I’m wearing a belt, mainly because my jeans button is, unfortunately, half an inch too far in from the edge.  This is one of the two things that have made these jeans less than perfect – there’s always something isn’t there?  My sewing machine couldn’t manage its one step buttonhole function because of the multiple layers of fabric at the edge of the waistband so would stop mid-buttonhole.  I had to unpick it about three times and the fabric started showing signs of damage in that spot.  In the end, I resorted to the four step buttonhole on my very basic Singer machine (not my 1950s one) and subsequently remembered I had to do exactly the same thing with my first pair.  Shame I didn’t remember earlier.  It worked but I had to position it where the unpicking had happened to hide it so a belt will probably be the order of the day.

Since then, I’ve heard about a gadget called a ‘buttonhole height compensation plate’ which apparently solves such a problem.  I had a quick look – they’re only cheap – I just need to check if I can get one compatible with my Janome.  Because, yes, I’m going to make more jeans.

The second thing to moan about is that I have leg twist.  The inseam is trying to twist itself round on to the front of my leg at calf level. Apparently this is very common – even with high end ready-to-wear jeans – especially the skinny ones.  The pattern I used was Closet Case’s Ginger Jeans and Heather has you lay out the pattern pieces for the legs in a way that attempts to avoid this happening.  That is, the legs are cut out from a single layer of fabric and the front and back legs are laid on the fabric in different directions. Or, in Heather’s words ‘to help prevent leg twist, the best way to layout your pieces is front leg, back leg, front leg turned 180 degrees, back leg turned 180 degrees (make sure these last two are also flipped wrong side up so you’re not cutting the same leg twice!)   I cut mine out on a double layer 🙄  and couldn’t turn the leg pattern pieces because it would have meant the design on my jeans doing a different thing on each leg.

As I usually wear skinny jeans with boots, here’s a couple with me wearing the jeans ‘booted up’.  It’s usually too hot to wear jeans in the Summer here  but I think they’d look fine with sandals too.

And just to prove I can bend my knees this time…….

Now I’ve got the fit right with the Ginger Jeans which is an excellent pattern, by the way, with a very useful sewalong on the Closet Case blog, I will definitely make more pairs, but thought I’d make some more traditional jeans next with rigid denim (i.e. no stretch) in indigo and gold top stitching which, of course, will be much more visible so has to be perfect.  I’ve ordered the new(ish) Dawn Jeans pattern by Megan Nielsen and will try to source the perfect denim to make them.  Of course, the fitting issues will be different so another challenge but, hey, sewing projects would get boring if everything was too easy wouldn’t it?

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on April 25, 2019 - 08:07

    Those jeans are gorgeous – love the patterned fabric.

    • #2 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 09:14

      Thank you – the pattern is quite forgiving for the odd wobble that may or may not exist in my top stitching. Next time there’ll be no hiding place.

  2. #3 by Pat on April 25, 2019 - 08:18

    The jeans are great but I think they look just right with the high heels.

    • #4 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 09:15

      Thanks Pat – I’ll only be able to wear them for about an hour at a time in that case 🤣

  3. #5 by smw166 on April 25, 2019 - 08:26

    Absolutely love these, great fit too. x

    • #6 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 09:16

      Thank you – the fit is everything with jeans really isn’t?

  4. #7 by thecontentedcrafter on April 25, 2019 - 08:32

    You are of course fully informed on all the little imperfections – but to me they look just exquisite! Love the pattern on the fabric – love the belt, love both footwears with the jeans, even liked the cropped top look which showed off your lovely slim lines and the belt. Heck you can’t go wrong! You’ll soon have the best denim wardrobe in all of la belle France!!

    • #8 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 09:18

      Thanks Pauline – I was vaguely thinking about a jacket (‘on trend’ at the moment – but were they ever not ‘on trend?) but I’ll draw the line at denim dungarees.

      • #9 by thecontentedcrafter on April 25, 2019 - 10:40

        Oh yes, draw that line! 🙂

      • #10 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 14:28

        I never liked dungarees even when I was young enough to wear them. They always remind me of children’s T.V. presenters of the 1970s/80s.

      • #11 by PendleStitches on April 25, 2019 - 20:46

        Why is the world obsessed with dungarees at the moment!? Madness! 😉
        I do hope Henry is feeling better.
        And I love these jeans. I always feel vaguely off kilter in patterned trousers but adore them on other people. This fabric is sublime!

      • #12 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:19

        I know what you mean. I made a pair of Sew Over It’s Ultimate Trousers last year in a patterned cotton and it did feel weird to me at first but, as you can see, I got over it. I do want to make some plain old traditional indigo ones though.

      • #13 by PendleStitches on May 8, 2019 - 15:11

        Maybe one day I’ll be a bit braver!

  5. #14 by thecontentedcrafter on April 25, 2019 - 08:33

    Oh and forgot to say about the first ‘ginger’ hope he shows signs of improvement soon…. my cat had all his health problems fixed by changing his diet, have you considered that route?

    • #15 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 09:22

      Well, the Vet told me to feed him the special preparations of biscuits that are specially formulated for cats with kidney problems – the expensive stuff that vets sell. The problem is, he detects the medicine on the biscuits so I’ve been giving him a tiny bit of tuna or smelly soft cat food, neither of which are supposed to be ideal, in an effort to disguise it. I’ve got five cats so I’m having to feed him separately.
      What do you feed your cat on to keep him so healthy?

      • #16 by thecontentedcrafter on April 25, 2019 - 10:38

        I took him off all commercially prepared foods except for his Maine Coon biscuits that he has eaten all his life and put him onto real meat with tiny little additions of veges (left over from my meals). It took weeks of hand feeding to get him to agree not to starve himself to death.
        He’s only still on the biscuits because I couldn’t wean him off them, not even with hand feeding. the commercially prepared foods are full of non-food additives that compromise our pets health and that’s why so many of our fur babies have their kidneys blow out eventually. I can well appreciate that making such a change when you have four other cats might be a step too far – it was challenging enough with just one and I nearly gave up several times…… But now he is well and healthy again and the vets diagnosis of medication for the rest of his life is defunct. He was diagnosed almost two years ago and it took me a year to entirely move his diet to where I felt okay – but I did see improvements in him within about a month or six weeks after removing – or mostly removing – the toxic foods. It was quite the process! 🙂

      • #17 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:12

        Well, I don’t use supermarket brands and feed them one from Sweden which is supposed to be high quality but who knows what’s in each one really. Trying to read and compare ingredients between brands is a nightmare and a magnifying glass has to be brandished in order to read it anyway. As you say, easier with just one cat but that’s how I started – the others just invited themselves in. 😼😺😾😽😸

  6. #18 by nottaholiday on April 25, 2019 - 09:25

    Congrats. ..not only a great pair of jeans but a victory over complicated sewing. If i looked that good in jeans i would be sewing up a storm too.
    Now…the cat. We supplemented our non existent travel budget with housesitting and one of our charges had the same issue. He had a pill rather than liquid which was supposed to be catapulted into his mouth with a syringe thinggy. He hated the syringe dosing but i “buried” the tablet into some sausage and we had no further discussion about it. Maybe see if the meds can be in tablet form?

    • #19 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 14:31

      I’ve been looking at housesitters recently actually – my house is like a menagerie though so it’d be a big ask. I have no luck with pills I’m afraid – I bought in a bulk order of worming tablets that I was promised were palatable – none of them will touch them!! The only way I can treat them for fleas and ticks every month is by using the little pipettes you squeeze on to the backs of their necks. My dogs, on the other hand, will eat anything.

      • #20 by nottaholiday on April 26, 2019 - 12:24

        Our dog used to smell them through the packaging as we brought them into the house, and would affect an old fashioned fit of the vapors, lying around panting forlornly even before we had unpackaged them.

      • #21 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 12:42

        🤣
        I’ve got one like that. Little Stan let the vet put eye drops in this morning without a murmur whereas when Flo had to have the same thing done a while back you would have thought she was being murdered. So embarrassing. I dread the day she ever has anything go wrong with her

      • #22 by nottaholiday on April 26, 2019 - 13:55

        When we used to take our beagle to the vet we all had to breathe through our teeth, as the flurry of shed hair took on the consistency of a good london fog. The vet had a penchant for navy cordoroy trousers lol.

    • #23 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 16:23

      p.s. I have, yet again, signed up to follow you by email although it hasn’t worked so far 🙄
      Just been reading through your posts but I’ve missed so many it’s taken a long time to read through with no time to comment but, rest assured, I loved them all. Hopefully, I’ll get them as they appear in future but, if you don’t see a comment from me on future posts, it’ll be because I didn’t.

      • #24 by nottaholiday on April 26, 2019 - 12:24

        I sent you an invite, maybe that will work?

      • #25 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 12:43

        It hasn’t yet. If I haven’t been invited by later today I’ll sulk try to sign up with a different email address.

    • #26 by Liz on April 27, 2019 - 22:30

      I’ve had a drama queen cat with hypertension, the medication was pills that were recommended by the vet to be crushed and mixed with a little bit of Primula cheese. Anything that had to be administered orally with a syringe would just result in trauma for everyone involved so we had to try something else and the cat would actually report to the kitchen and beg for cheese at the appropriate times.

      • #27 by nottaholiday on April 28, 2019 - 01:27

        Thats so right…another of our housesitting charges needed a rather large tablet…but the primula was so prized she would do exactly that…sit in the kitchen waiting. As did her dog-sister who got some even though there was no tablet for her. Lol

      • #28 by tialys on April 28, 2019 - 09:25

        I’ve already tried him with St. Moret (the sort of French equivalent of Philadelphia) but had no luck. I might see if I can source Primula here in France and try to pass it under the disapproving eye of the cashier without incident. Perhaps there’s something magical about Primula. Of course my diva dog would have to be included. I had to pretend to administer an eye drop to her this morning as my other dog is having to have them at the moment and she felt left out. Sometimes I wonder about pet owners.

  7. #29 by Lynn on April 25, 2019 - 10:01

    They look fantastic and fit so well I’m very impressed and inspired to have ago myself, you are an inspiration…….
    Sorry I have no expertise with giving medicine to cats only to say if its taste nice it might go down easier.
    Lynnx

    • #30 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 14:32

      Aw – that’s so nice of you to say so. You should definitely give it a go yourself if you fancy it.

  8. #31 by claire93 on April 25, 2019 - 10:07

    your jeans look stunning! A perfect fit! Which has me slightly confused as to why you’ll be trying out a different pattern in non-stretch next time, when you could be making another Ginger pair in stretch.
    And re your ailing Ginger, Harry . . . you do know, you can buy the special dietary food (thinking of the brand Virbac) from on-line stores such as bitiba. We buy a special one urinary one for Ducky and it works out so much cheaper than what the vet charges.

    • #32 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:10

      Well, I will make another pair of Gingers, definitely but I do like ‘traditional’ Levi type jeans as well so I’d like to try. I might even do a button fly!!

      I use Zooplus for the dog and cat food. My hideously expensive pack of Hills arrived today. We usually use an only slightly less hideously expensive food from Sweden which I also buy online that all the cats eat. That one says ‘urinary control’ but I don’t know whether that’s enough because the samples the vet gave me actually specify ‘kidney care’. We’ll see at his next check up whether it’s all working I suppose.

  9. #33 by tinaor on April 25, 2019 - 10:45

    A fabulous pair of jeans! Love the cut and the pattern on the fabric. I too don’t usually wear heals with jeans but those just scream out not to be covered up with boots. As for cat medicine – I feel for you – I have 2 cats, one is much easier to administer to than the other. The ‘easy’ one I can straddle on the floor, poor medicine down his throat, keep his head angled upwards, muzzle his mouth with my hand, stroke the medicine ‘away’ down his throat. It works, he grumbles a bit but is pacified afterwards with more cuddles and food. The other cat is a different story – I swear she hears me opening a medicine packet as she runs as soon as I appear with any. If/when I do catch her I wrap her in a towel closing in her paws with those claws extended. If it’s a pill I can get it in her mouth but she has a great skill of ‘smiling’ so the pill pops out the side of her mouth straight away! I haven’t attempted liquid medicine, perhaps that would be the way to go. Good luck!!!

    • #34 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:42

      I wish they would do medicine in the pipettes that you squeeze on to the backs of their necks. These are the only way I can administer their monthly flea and tick treatment.

      • #35 by tinaor on April 29, 2019 - 17:01

        I agree that would be a great thing too!

  10. #36 by Kim on April 25, 2019 - 11:35

    Good luck with giving the day it’s medicine. Dogs are a breeze by comparison.
    The jeans look lovely – and the fabric is excellent. Enjoy all of the compliments you get wearing those 😀

    • #37 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:44

      Dogs – mine in particular – will eat anything, so much so I have to be careful when I’m cooking as they’ll snap up anything that drops to the floor no matter how hot, in the spicy sense or otherwise. Cats, I suppose, are much more sensible but that doesn’t help when they need to take medicine.

  11. #38 by KerryCan on April 25, 2019 - 12:55

    I’m always impressed with your sewing and I *knew* you’d win out with the jeans–grit and determination!

    I know way more about kidney disease in cats than I wish to . . . If you’re not already, put the dosing syringe in the side of Henry’s mouth, near the jaw, rather than straight in. And give him a treat or two immediately after–it might help. I think most cats do better with the liquids, overall, than with pills . . . And if the vet starts talking about sub-Q fluids, be open minded. They have made a big difference for my own ginger boy.

    • #39 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:50

      Yes, definitely liquids over pills but I must try again with the syringe and develop a strategy. Sub-Q fluids? Are they injections that will last a while like humans can have?
      Mr. Tialys and I were just saying what a good idea that would be.

      • #40 by KerryCan on April 26, 2019 - 12:40

        We have learned to give the sub-Q fluids at home–we use what’s basically an IV drip bag and a biggish needle. The needle goes just under the skin and delivers the fluids, which create a kind of lump that is gradually absorbed. We’re supposed to do 100 ml every other day . . . . the cat has other ideas. He gets very squirmy and resistant after about 50 ml. (50 ml would take about 5-10 minutes?) We’ve been doing it for about three weeks and it isn’t easy–definitely a two person job with this cat. But he does seem SO much better, we persist!

      • #41 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 12:51

        😱
        I’m just going to have to hope it doesn’t come to that.

      • #42 by KerryCan on April 26, 2019 - 12:54

        Really, if you could see the improvement in my Zack, you’d be amazed! Of course, I have a diabetic cat, too, so have been giving injections for years. Surprising what you can do, when it helps your pets!

  12. #43 by mlmcspadden on April 25, 2019 - 13:36

    Lovely work there in your jeans and the fabric is wonderful! n Have fun with the new jeans pattern when you get it!

    • #44 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:46

      Thanks Moira, I will have to struggle a bit with the sizing again but I guess the pattern maker will have taken the fact it’s not for stretch fabric into account.

  13. #45 by katechiconi on April 25, 2019 - 13:59

    Now that’s an elegant and flattering pair of jeans (Wait! Did I just use elegant and flattering in the same sentence as jeans?) I like them with either heels or boots, but I’d definitely be wearing them with a white man-style shirt. Mostly that’s because my bottom requires hiding, whereas yours…. doesn’t. Beautiful construction, well done, and congratulations on identifying your jeans gene – you’ll be unstoppable now!
    I can offer no hints on feeding medication to cats. Dogs are easy: all you do is say “sausage!” and the impregnated delicacy is down his throat in short order.

    • #46 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:47

      I have a jeans gene! I like that 👖😉

      • #47 by katechiconi on April 25, 2019 - 23:39

        You must have! You kept on trying when most of us would have thrown up our hands and gone “Nah, too hard”. And look, it’s paid off 🙂

  14. #48 by Laurie Graves on April 25, 2019 - 14:47

    As we would say in Maine, wowsah! Those jeans are fantastic. Good luck with your ginger kitty. I hope he is soon happy and healthy and doing all manner of kitty things.

    • #49 by tialys on April 25, 2019 - 15:51

      Thanks Laurie. My very expensive ‘special for kidneys’ cat food arrived today so we’ll see if, combined with the medicine, that makes a difference.

  15. #51 by Lynda on April 25, 2019 - 16:50

    Your jeans are perfect and they look great with a belt. Now that you know you can do this make some more and remember about that button hole trick! 😉
    About your kitty: How awful when they get sick. As KerryCan said above, it is a cinch to administer meds with a syringe in the corner of their mouth. However, with our most stubborn cats we had to wrap them like a burrito in a towel, hold them upright with their back against our chest, and then hold their mouth shut with one hand while pushing the plunger with the other. Whatever helps the medicine go down and it isn’t a spoonful of sugar with cats, now is it?

    • #52 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:26

      Tried that and nearly got clawed to bits – plus he still manages to dribble it out. I’m still trying to get it down him with the cat equivalent of a spoonful of sugar – smelly soft cat food. It doesn’t always work though so we’ll see when he has his check up in a couple of weeks time whether enough has been going down.

      • #53 by Lynda on April 29, 2019 - 13:06

        THAT is one stubborn cat. I hope he gets well soon for his sake and yours.

  16. #54 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 25, 2019 - 19:46

    BOO! to Ginger being poorly. Glad it’s something solvable. Good luck with the medication – so hard to get cats to take it – sorry, no idea on that one.
    YAY! to Ginger jeans. They look fab – whatever boots/shoes you wear them with. So glad you can move in this pair 🙂

    • #55 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:23

      Been down to the V.E.T. again this morning – this time with Stan the dog because I noticed he was having trouble opening one of his eyes. He’s got an ulcer on his cornea – probably an injury from chasing a ball into branches/brambles/trees/fences/anything with complete disregard for anything but the ball. One eyedrop three times a day for ten days. I’m beginning to feel like a nurse in my own home.

      • #56 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 26, 2019 - 18:02

        Aw! Bless him. Bet that’s uncomfortable. I certainly know all about being a dog nurse – it’s now over eighteen moths since I lost Hicks, but I still think I’ve forgotten to do something when I give Harry his breakfast and when I put him to bed, and I always know when it’s 3pm, because that was another tablet time. In fact I was complaining just today to Harry that he wasn’t high enough maintenance, because I now spend my life thinking there’s something I’ve forgotten to do for him.
        Hope the drops do the trick – let me know how they both get on.

      • #57 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 18:11

        Be careful what you wish for!

      • #58 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 26, 2019 - 18:22

        I did think that, but I hopefully wished harder for happy, healthy boy in the first place.

      • #59 by tialys on April 27, 2019 - 08:25

        I’ll bet you did!!

      • #60 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 27, 2019 - 09:25

        🙂

  17. #61 by craftycreeky on April 25, 2019 - 20:18

    Fantastic jeans! Love the denim! Out of curiosity, how do they check a cat’s blood pressure 🙂

    • #62 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:21

      I’d never seen it before either. She got out a little machine and attached a wire with a small cuff on the end which she put round the base of his tail. Then the readings came up on the screen.

  18. #63 by sew2pro on April 25, 2019 - 23:22

    Wow, you’ve got a great fit there and very nicely finished with topstitching and Japanese silver rivets. Indigo (lovely word, lovely colour) and gold sounds like a winning combination too.

    Poor Henry, or should that be en-Rie? I enjoyed reading the above advice and experiences and feel most grateful I haven’t had to administer liquid medicine yet, despite more than 25 years of cat owning. I did a long time ago enjoy a bit of short-lived success by chopping tablets into quarters and hiding each piece in the middle of a cube of chicken breast. But current cat is paranoid to the extreme and I can only like you manage the liquid on the back of neck. That’s with another pair of hands to help. I sympathise with the above reader whose cat runs at the sound of the medicine being open.

    Good luck and I hope the handsome boy learns to trust you and feels better!

    • #64 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:30

      Still no luck with the syringe and just hoping I’m managing to get enough down him through squirting some on his food to do him some good.

  19. #65 by anne54 on April 25, 2019 - 23:47

    Oh, poor Ginger. You certainly need to find a method that works for everyday. I remember how, many years ago in my cat owning days, I had to wrap Little Nipper tightly in a towel. (I love Linda’s description of it as like a burrito!) It was quite traumatic for both of us, and I wouldn’t liked to have gone through it every day. I do hope you find a good solution soon.
    And the jeans are fantastic, with all the different shoes!

    • #66 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:18

      He will not be burrito-ed. Somehow he manages to get one front paw free and his back paws kick back against me until i’m forced to give in. I’ll just have to rely on him eating enough of it on his food.

  20. #67 by kathyreeves on April 26, 2019 - 03:45

    What a fabulous pair of jeans!! 🏅The fabric, fit and construction are all spot on, and they will work with all your all those shoes too. Just a great job! So sorry to hear about your kitty troubles, giving meds is no fun, but my experience with cats is almost nil, so I have no advice in that front.

    • #68 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:16

      Thanks Kathy.
      I’m experienced with cats but it’s still proving very difficult. I have a dog with a damaged eye now, just to top it all off.

      • #69 by kathyreeves on April 27, 2019 - 03:04

        UFDA! Hang in there, and I hope you find the right tactic for your poor cat quickly, for both your sakes!

      • #70 by tialys on April 27, 2019 - 08:25

        Thanks Kathy. I had to Google UFDA!

      • #71 by kathyreeves on April 27, 2019 - 14:48

        My Norwegian Minnesota roots just gave me away! 😄

  21. #72 by CurlsnSkirls on April 26, 2019 - 05:18

    Lovely jeans, with whatever footwear fits the occasion. Sorry to hear about your dear kitty and hope he soon recovers.
    😺 cat power! 😻

    • #73 by tialys on April 26, 2019 - 11:15

      I need to get through to him that he won’t get better if he won’t take his medicine. I was with the vet again this morning – a dog this time 🙄

      • #74 by CurlsnSkirls on April 26, 2019 - 16:23

        Oh, dear. Hope it went better than the previous visit.

  22. #75 by magpiesue on April 30, 2019 - 20:38

    Oy. Poor Henry. And Poor Tialys! But don’t you look stunning in your custom jeans and heels! I’ve never been entirely comfortable in pants, jeans, trousers, due to the way my body is built. But far be it from to to undertake to make anything for myself – horrors! One of the blessings of being housebound (essentially) is that I can get away with a wardrobe of loose fitting muumuus and caftans. 😉

    • #76 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:31

      I can just imagine you floating about in comfy caftans. You’ve never bought in to the novelty onesie craze then – or was that just the U.K.?

      • #77 by magpiesue on May 1, 2019 - 20:11

        The novelty onesie craze may be a bigger thing in the U.K., I don’t know. I feel like I’m falling further and further behind when it comes to current trends!

      • #78 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:54

        I wouldn’t worry about falling behind with that particular one – it really amounted to grown men and women wearing babygros.

  23. #79 by jendavismiller on May 1, 2019 - 02:48

    Well now, those two ginger tales are as different as they can be! Ginger kitty, take your meds and get better soon, boy. Ginger jeans – wow! Love the patterned fabric, and they go well with all the shoes.

    • #80 by tialys on May 1, 2019 - 09:22

      Thanks Jenn. He’s being wrapped in a towel before being fed in the morning and in the evening to have the nasty liquid syringed down his throat but still manages to get his front paws out so some damage is being done to my hands. I thought he might start to hate me but he’s sitting on my lap purring as I type this so perhaps he has a short memory.

      • #81 by jendavismiller on May 3, 2019 - 21:29

        Haha! He couldn’t possibly hate you! And yes, thankfully they do seem to have very short memories for this sort of thing. Hope he’s doing better by now…..

  24. #82 by nikkibnb on May 8, 2019 - 09:47

    Ooh yay! Glad to hear the last version hadn’t put you off jeans completely! These look fab!
    I definitely need to plan some new jeans but trying to find denim I think will work is more tricky. I also want to try non stretch jeans, but I’m not sure what pattern would work…

    • #83 by tialys on May 8, 2019 - 12:51

      I’m waiting for the Dawn Jeans pattern by Megan Nielsen to arrive as I fancy making a pair of ‘traditional’ non-stretch dark indigo jeans now. I bought some 10oz indigo denim from Fabric Godmother but have pre-washed it and it’s gone all streaky so I’m disappointed. I’ve sent them an email to ask if that’s normal.

      • #84 by nikkibnb on May 8, 2019 - 12:53

        I didn’t realise the dawn jeans were a non stretch pattern, I’ve seen some nice ones of those! Oh no that’s a shame about the denim!! I hope it gets sorted out. I’ve just bought some black stretch denim from there, I hope it holds up in the wash…

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