On my last post, Rising Rainbow left a comment that I was "cutting it close on the jacket" I'm making for this show season. Oh how I wish she was wrong!!! I planned to use a new pattern this year, one that was non-stretch, and the sort of in-between length that can be worn for both showmanship and rail classes. The pattern doesn't have the collar or sleeves that I wanted so I was going to combine the old pattern and the new. I spent the entire weekend trying to find the old patter. I tore my sewing room upside down trying to find it. I found the kraft paper copy I made, but I didn't want to use that. I bought another pattern today at JoAnn's and put a mock-up together to test how much fitting it will need and it's going to need far more adjustments than I can do without someone to help, and I really don't know anyone here who knows fitting enough to do it for me. I don't know what body type that pattern was made for but it sure as hell wasn't mine. So now I'm back to the old pattern and I'll just have to add some ease into the hips to make it fit less snug and add some darts at the waist to make it fit better there. Ugh. So now it isn't even started. Puke. Guess what I'll be doing in my very small amount of spare time this week! But I've gotten a lot more done in that amount of time before, so I think I'll make it.
Junior and I had a nice weekend. The weather was sunny and warmish. We're limiting their time on the grass right now since it is super fresh. I practiced showmanship and rode both seats and he's doing well. His attention span for showmanship is narrow and my schedule is nutty this month so I only have one more SMS lesson scheduled before the May 1st show. I have no idea how we'll fare. I never watched the adult showmanship classes last summer so I'm not sure what the competition is going to be like. At one of the circuits (the show on the 25th) the adult classes are 14 & up so I fully expect to get slaughtered by a bunch of 15 year olds, but so be it.
Oh, I wanted to let you know about a site I found. It's called onlinebootstore.com (I know, very original) and I ordered a pair of Ariat Showbaby's for $90 with free shipping. They're listed at $100 but if you put "tencoupon" in the coupon code box you get another $10 off. The shipping was fast and the price was the lowest I found for that boot. I hadn't bought new boots since my first pair of Ariats back in 1994. And yes, I still wear those, too. Sixteen year old boots and I still showed in them last year. Now do you wonder why I'm an Ariat girl? And if I could envision any occasion I would wear these at I would SOOO want THESE! in a size 7... just incase you want to send me an early birthday present. :)