I finished the skirt! It looks great!
This was overall a fairly straightforward sew, but I totally ignored the instructions for the invisible zip. After the pocket fiasco, I wasn’t too confident in the instructions. It came together well in the end and I am happy with it. I did go up to a size 52 for this one, I remeasured myself in the waist/hip area and that was my size. This would be the largest size I have measured in European sizes.
The next sewing project I am thinking of is pyjamas. I am thinking of doing the Cupid Cami and Tap Pants from Hot Patterns. I have a few choices for fabric. Trying to decide between a rayon challis or a cotton voile. Both would look great in this pattern. The rayon challis has a paisley print in a pink and purple. The cotton voile is a royal blue colour.
A quick update on the diet plan. Still going well on the food plan. Unnatural Vegan did a spot with her criticisms of the meal plan after trying it for 2 days (that’s what I think she said in the video). I don’t quite agree with her assessment. For one, it sounds like she was setting herself up for failure by deliberately choosing recipes that she knew she probably wouldn’t like. She also sounds like quite the picky eater when it comes to texture. I actually own all of her recommended books in the video, and they are very good. I might incorporate some of the recipes from Appetite for Reduction in my meal planning, some of those were very tasty. As an aside, that was one of the first vegan cookbooks (maybe the first?) I ever bought.
I should probably segue into how I am actually doing the meal plan. For starters, when it’s just me I am cooking for, the recipes call for small amounts of veggies (ie, 1/4 apple, 1/2 lemon, 1/4 bunch asparagus). That will add up to a huge expense if I do a different recipe each meal. What I do is I have a bunch of leftovers, I don’t mind eating leftovers for meals. I figure out what number of servings will use the most whole ingredients and scale the recipe up to there, keeping in mind how well the recipe will keep to the next day. Then I use Paprika to enter in all the recipes and plan my meals in the app. The app generates a shopping list that I use to do my shopping. I don’t mind repeats of meals in a meal plan. I don’t get bored that quickly and honestly doing that many new recipes in a week are overwhelming.
I try to follow roughly what meals are recommended for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I don’t follow exactly the entire day. I may take one breakfast for one day and pair it with a lunch from a different day, and maybe a dinner from yet another day. This way if one of the meals is a dud I am not stuck with a meal I don’t like. This avoids the Unnatural Vegan’s issue with the meal plan. As to her complaint that the recipes don’t have enough flavour. I figure as long as I am not adding a lot of calories to the meal. Increasing the spices and aromatics should not be an issue, and honestly, I don’t like my food too heavily seasoned anyways, it tastes fresher and cleaner to me without a bunch of extra spice. Although if I am eating Indian food, spices all the way, the more the better.
Well that was a long post. TTYL