Plans for Planning

This week has been relatively productive. I managed to finish a few things that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now.

First up: refashioned panties. A while ago I was helping the fiance’s mother clean out some old clothes from the attic. We both went through them and donated some and stored the rest back in the attic. I was allowed to have free reign over things I wanted to wear or wanted to re-purpose for the fabric. I picked a small pile of things and finally got around to starting the re-purposing. I made 2 different styles of panties (along with the thong from last week) out of a pair of pants that were 100% rayon. The fabric was practically new, aside from some holes in the bottom where it looks like the unlucky owner leaned/sat on something that ripped little holes in it. So it had a lot of potential for undies.

I went with a standard bikini brief cut (slightly more coverage) and a slightly higher cut leg bikini style (slightly less coverage), and black cotton jersey for the lining and a black stretch lace on both.

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I haven’t started on any of the other items yet, but I’m still figuring out plans for some of them.

I also managed to bang out a new Grainline Studios Linden shirt. I used a stable knit that is a mystery blend as I got it from a church destash. I’m pretty sure it is some sort of wool blend, based on the feel of it, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, I chose short sleeves because I didn’t have enough fabric for long sleeves, but I actually like the short sleeves on this one. I also didn’t use a neck band or bottom band, but just folded them under and stitched them in place. AND the best part? I lengthened it and made it a high low split hem! I really like how this detail came out.

I sized up on this one to be sure it would fit nicely, since the fabric has little to no stretch. I don’t think I necessarily needed to size up, now that it’s all finished, but I like things a little over sized anyway, so I’m totally fine with how loose fitting it came out.

I have a few more linden sweatshirts planned for the fall. I will also do an in depth review of the pattern in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

After all this sewing for me, I did do a little work for the shop too. I finished an order of one pair of sheer white mesh undies. Nothing too exciting there, but it’s a very popular item in my shop.

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The new item for the shop that I hinted at last week? Yeah, I finished that too, and it came out just as I imagined it. It’s made from a beautiful black and purple and pink floral print crepe double knit. It’s a pretty stable knit with some stretch (maybe 10%) but it’s perfect for bras. I also used black power mesh, black scallop lace, and black elastics, straps, and findings. I love it!

I plan to make a whole line that matches that bra, but it’s been stormy out so my blood pressure has been too low to sit at my sewing machine or to stand and cut things out. I’m hoping to get at least a pair of matching underwear finished by next week, if not a couple matching pairs.

I’ve been making good progress on knitting my fiance’s Christmas Sweater (The Drangey Pullover by Stephen West). I’m already finished with the yoke and halfway done with the body! I’ve also started on a child sweater (the flax sweater by tin can knits) for my cousins 6th birthday later this month. I may be a little ambitious with that deadline, but if anything I can give it to him for Christmas.

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Other than that I’ve been starting on my plans for my fall capsule wardrobe. It looks like I’ll be making a lot of layering pieces mainly. I have plans for at least 4 cardigans (and maybe 2 different styles of blazers). I’m also hoping to get a few pairs of leggings and pants finished. I desperately need to replace some of my rtw leggings as they’re ready to fall apart from being worn and washed so many times. However, I’m on a fabric buying ban and only using stash fabric due to having student loan debts dumped on me after I was told they were taken care of, as well as saving for my wedding, and wedding dress.

Speaking of my wedding dress, have a mentioned that I’m planning on making it myself from scratch? Yeah, I may be a little crazy, but I’m also very determined. So right now I’m looking at lace and lace appliques online and trying to gauge how much I should set aside for the materials of the dress. I’m also sketching up some of the lace appliques, trying to figure out placement ideas and if they’d work well with other appliques I’ve found. Here’s a little sneak peek of that (I’ve got plenty more started):

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Have you started on your fall wardrobe plans yet? What’s the “hole” in your fall wardrobe that you’ll need to be making first? Mine is definitely cardigans!

Packing and Prepping

My boyfriend and I leave for California tomorrow. We will be there until the 25th, so I’m not sure what my posting schedule will be like while I’m there. But in the mean time I’ve been working on more projects.

I finished 2 pairs of leggings, using the Patterns 4 Pirates Peg Legs pattern with the contoured waistband. I had to take some length out of the leg and the waistband because they were clearly made for a much taller person than I (being only 5’0″ that isn’t that surprising).

The first pair is a black mystery knit that I found at a church destash for free. It’s nice and thick and has a similar feel to athletic leggings and has quite a bit of stretch in both directions. My second pair is a grey and black chevron print fabric I purchased not long ago from Denverfabrics.com, it’s a double knit 58% Polyester 30% Rayon 10% Nylon 2% Lycra blend. They feel very nice and thick, they have a good amount of stretch, though I almost feel like I should/could have sized up for this pair as there’s a bit of a wiggle dance to get them on over my hips.

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They feel nice on, but definitely feel closer to athletic/compression leggings due to the thickness and how fitted they are. I lined the front waistband with the same fabric and this might have been a mistake as it has made it thicker and less stretchy. I knew it would lessen the stretch some, but I guess I didn’t realize by how much.

So for my next pair, which I’ll be using a black athletic “performance” fabric from Joann’s. I think I’ll size up for those and take a bit more length off the leg around the knee area (As it’s a tad loose there) and a tad more off the height of the waistband since they still sit high on my waist.

I’ve spent the day packing and folding laundry. My boyfriend has decided he was going to get his hair cut and dyed blue and save packing all for tomorrow morning before we have to go to the airport for our flight. We have an evening flight, but still, that’s cutting it pretty close. My clothes are packed, I’m taking my favorite 2 handmade tshirts: my seafoam plantain and my purple hemlock; and my maroon wren dress, my charcoal high waist shorts from the Mia Jeans pattern, and some handmade undies and bras. Everything else is rtw.

I’m packing a pair of socks to knit on and my current shawl WIP, the Zostera shawl in Loops & threads woolike ice blue and denim blue. I plan to visit a local yarn shop while in California, so I may start something new while I’m there, or on the flight home.

What do you usually pack for vacations? Do you have a me made vacation capsule? If you did, what would you include in your vacation capsule wardrobe?

#mmmay17 last full week recap!

Lots of repeats this week, but that just shows me the things I’ve made and love and obviously need to make more of!

SO here’s the recap:

Monday: Maroon/Mulberry Wren Dress in ITY knit from fabric.com

Tuesday: Cropped plantain tee with cap sleeves and vneck in a rayon knit from fabric.com

Wednesday: Short sleeved Hemlock tee in a periwinkle lightweight sweater knit that I got for free from a Church destash and a me made bra

Thursday: Moneta Crop top out of the same periwinkle sweater knit

Friday: Me made undies

Saturday: me made bra

Sunday: Seafoam plantain tee with vneck in a rayon knit from fabric.com

So a pretty successful week. I’ve finished a lot of sewing, finished knitting a shawl, and started a new shawl and am nearly finished with a pair of socks I’ve been knitting.

I’ve started my Sew Over It Mia Jeans shorts in a charcoal ponte roma knit. I just need to hem them and make a button hole and stitch the button on. They’re just as I wanted them to be and are definitely a much better fitting version of the rtw ones that I loved. I’ll post more in depth about the pattern and the shorts once they’re finished.

How are you all feeling about me made may?

#mmmay17 Days 26 & 27 All The Finished Projects

So I didn’t get around to writing up a blog post yesterday because I was too busy knitting on my shawl. Which I did finish!

Yesterday I decided to finally show you guys my colette moneta dress pattern as a crop top. I’m not 100% on the fit of the moneta bodice pattern yet, I think I need to make a few adjustments, but I’m still trying to figure out just what needs adjusting. There’s a lot of drag lines around the armhole area. I know I need to make the armhole bigger, that’s pretty standard for me (it’s alright as is, but I like it looser and plan to layer this over dresses, so I’d need a bit of extra room so I don’t have 2 layers of sleeves bunched up into my armpit). If I make another layering crop top, I’ll also probably size up, because it was just too fitted over some of the dresses I tried to pair it with, so right now it’s just going to be a regular crop top.

I also felt a lot like Daphne from the scooby doo gang in this outfit, it’s definitely a very Daphne color palette and silhouette.

Today the only me made item I’m wearing is a me made bra, so nothing fancy. I just wanted to be comfy in some leggings and a loose top and didn’t feel like wearing my 2 standard go to handmade tops.

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I finished 2 new undies for the shop (link , link). So I photographed them and listed them in the shop already.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I finished the shawl I was working on. I used Dream in Color Yarn in the Jilly Base (a superwash merino single ply) in the colorway Blue Fish. The pattern I used was Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander. This yarn was a dream to work with and the color is absolutely stunning, the pattern was everything I could have every wanted and will definitely be making more in the future. It’s a great one skein wonder project for fingering weight yarn sitting in your stash, and I finished it in about 6 days. It’s a nice size too, I would have preferred it to be a bit wider, but overall I’m still happy with it.

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It still needs to be washed and blocked, it has a lovely little picot edge along the lace end. I also need to weave in the ends. But otherwise, all the knitting is done.

I looked at my planner to write all the items I finished this week in it, and realized I was almost out of space for this months finished objects! I guess I’ve been a lot more productive than I realized. But now I can add my shawl to the list and take up one more space.

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I’ve finished taping together the Mia Jeans Pattern by Sew Over It and have the fabric washed and dried. So I’m hoping to start that project this weekend. I’m only going to make a shorts version to check the fit of the hips/butt area, but also because I need some more shorts!

Have you all been surprised by your own productivity this month? Are you feeling a creative overload of all the projects you want to make now that me made may is coming to a close?

 

Day 24: Repeats on repeats

Today’s outfit is a repeat that never got a full body picture because I wore it while traveling. So yay, you get to see what it really looks like. My short sleeved Hemlock tee in a lightweight periwinkle purple sweater knit, with a me made bra, and rtw panties and leggings.

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I love this shirt, it’s super comfy but still can look nice if you find the right fabrics. I’d love to make a few more just like these, an oatmeal/tan color, a deep blue, a charcoal grey, stripes would be pretty too.

I followed the pattern as is, but for the sleeves I just cut bands the size of the armholes, folded them over and stitched them into the armhole. So it’s just like applying the neck band, just a wider piece of fabric.

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I finished the last of my orders today and packaged it up to ship out in the morning. I also finished a new item for the shop, but haven’t taken pictures yet, I wanted to wait until I had better, natural, lighting. So look forward to seeing that tomorrow or at some point this weekend.

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My boyfriend and I are enjoying the peace of having the house to ourselves. He’s been streaming on youtube every night and has expressed how much nicer it is not to have to close the door or worry about the sounds his parents make in the evenings (they are practically deaf and blast the tv while watching videos on their phones at full volume and then try to talk over all that noise to each other…) the main thing he has to worry about is the cat jumping up on his lap or table while streaming, but that’s not a huge deal. The loudest I get is my sewing machine at full speed, and I’m in the basement while he’s upstairs, so unless I bang pots and pans in the kitchen, none of it registers on his mic.

We (mainly him, due to me being unable to work) are saving for a house of our own, but we are still about a year away from being able to move out. So it’ll be interesting to see how things go when his parents are back this weekend.

Aside from that I’ve been keeping busy and getting quite a bit of work done on my shawl, I’m loving it so far and I hope I love it all the way through. I’d really like to find a shape of shawl that I like knitting. I’ve found that, while I like wearing triangle/bandanna shawls I absolutely have knitting them. I’ve made 2 and the second one is currently balled up in the bottom of a bin in the closet because I was so frustrated with it that I couldn’t stand looking at it for a while. I’m at about 100 stitches on the needle right now and I’m just under 1/2 way done, and the 100 stitches don’t feel nearly as long while knitting it as I thought they would, so that’s great.

I’m happy all my orders are finished because now I can focus on knitting more and sewing what I want. Hopefully I’ll get my mia jeans started next week.

Have you had many repeat items or whole outfits in your me made may so far?

Day 23 #mmmay17 Almost Over

The end of me made may is nearing very quickly. I’m not sure what this means for my outfits, if I’ll try to keep incorporating something me made daily, or if I’ll go back to mostly wearing rtw leggings and tshirt and only wearing my absolute favorite me made items.

Me Made May has made me much more intentional in my outfits and planning them out, which is something I haven’t done in years. I just throw on what makes me most comfortable that day. So it should be interesting. I think as I make more daily/lounge wear items, I’ll end up wearing more me made because of that.

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Today I am wearing another plantain tee by deer and doe, this one has a vneck, cap sleeves, and is cropped in length. The rest of my outfit is rtw. I love these pants, but I don’t wear them nearly enough. They were a gift from my boyfriend a few birthdays ago. They’re super stretchy with an exposed golden zipper in front and it has elastic ruching at the back of the waist which makes them super comfy and probably the only high waist pants I’ll ever get to fit that I don’t make myself.

I also may not have gotten dressed until like 430pm. Oops.

I was working on an order to get it finished and packaged so the boyfriend could drop it off at the post office after he got home from work. So I got that done and then changed into this outfit.

I had a sewing “helper” today as well. A very whiny needy one, at that. She’s definitely feeling the “loneliness” in the house. She’s a shy scaredy cat, but she needs love and attention a lot throughout the day and needs to be around people for most of the day. She she was meowing at me all day, I got creative and set some of her toys up in the boyfriends dresser so she could entertain herself while I got work done.

I also got a good amount of knitting on my shawl done, I finished the first garter section and started the first lace section. I’m planning to finish the lace section tonight, it’s only 18 rows. So that’s cool. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to see it progress. I’ve had major shawl fever lately. I’ve been wanting to make a lot of different ones, my main obsession right now is Stephen West’s Exploration Station. I have added his WestKnits BestKnits vol.1: Shawls to my birthday wishlist, and I’m hoping I’ll get it, and if not I’ll be buying it for myself. I’m really feeling the blue/grey/black color palette (but let’s be real, when am I not feeling that color palette?). So I really want to make it in varying shades of grey and maybe 2 different blues, a lighter one and a bright royal blue. I would honestly make every single shawl in that book, so I definitely think it’s worth it.

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So, what are you looking forward to making soon? Do you have any big plans that are making you really excited?

#mmmay17 #22

Confession time: I didn’t get dressed until maybe 4:30pm today.

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I definitely enjoyed the freedom of not having to get dressed in anything other than a baggy tshirt today. So I took full advantage of that for most of the day before finally throwing on this dress. This is my mulberry/maroon Colette Wren Dress that I’ve worn already for me made may. It’s almost as comfy as just wearing a baggy tshirt, but not quite.

I finished 2 items for an order and packaged that up to ship it out. I also started work on another order and that one is about half done now. I did a little more knitting on my shawl. I had the cat who was being a big lazy butt today.

She woke me up from getting in the basement window (our bedroom is in the basement and she has to jump from our bed to the dresser to the window, and of course she wanted the window by my head). Then as soon as I was up and about, she decided to cry at me constantly and then when I didn’t pet her enough (I’m not cruel, I did pet her for a good while), she decided to jump into the middle of the bed and lay there near our pillows.

She’s not allowed on our bed, except to get in the window, we’ve had to put an old sweatshirt at the bottom corner of the bed because we couldn’t keep her off it, but today she didn’t want to stay in that spot. So I literally had to roll her onto the sweatshirt because she wouldn’t get up when I nudged her to move, so I just started rolling her. It was hilarious, but now our bed has quite a bit of cat hair on it… again… My allergies do not approve.

My anxiety was a bit better the first half of the day, but as usual, it escalated as the day went on. I also encountered something I didn’t really anticipate this week, due to being distracted with the current issues I was experiencing last week. I had a lot of urges today to relapse, having the house to myself for most of the day. I have a really major issue with “opportunity” relapses, where I can get away with it and not have anyone around to notice it. It happens every time and no matter how much I prepare and try to prevent it, I always fail.

So I had a lapse today. But that also shows just how degraded of a mental state I was in that I couldn’t even hold out 1 day of being by myself before I caved and lapsed. I’m not sure what this means for the rest of the week. I have plenty to do, but that doesn’t mean much for that part of my brain that wants to relapse. I’ve been having trouble the last few months with thoughts of relapse and very bad body image, but this was the first time I 100% gave into it. So I’m not really sure what to do now or where to go from here. But it’s not promising considering all the things that will be happening over the next month and a half, and how anxious I will be because of that. So, there’s that.

Anyway, what have you all been up to? Have you been doing anything different with the impending end of me made may? Have any more plans for progressing your me made wardrobe either now or once me made may is over?

#mmmay17 Day 20 in which I left the house *gasp*

Yes, you read that correctly, I actually left the house today. And I only changed outfits once before I finally went out. I was going to wear another sweetheart halter dress I had made, but it was surprisingly cool out today, so I went with rtw leggings, me made undies, me made bra, and my marled blue sweater knit plantain tee.

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I was exhausted from after going out to joann’s, there were a lot of people there. I picked up the things I needed and a few other things I wanted, a total of 3 yards of fabric, so not much. 2 things for orders and 2 things for myself. I was supposed to head over to the tattoo parlor after Joann’s but I was wiped out and I could tell the boyfriend was as well, he was up at 5:30AM to catch a train to New York to fix things for work, so he didn’t get much sleep and was tired from the travel and dealing with the frustration of fixing things at work. So I decided to skip the tattoo place (I was just going to make the appointment, because my anxiety is weird and I had to do it in person because phone calls are the devil or something). We just got back and I’m drinking my tea and the boyfriend is already passed out on the couch, so I think I made a good call.

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I’ll be spending today cutting and prepping things for orders and maybe some knitting and hopefully get some reading time in. I should probably do a little meal prep as well. I picked up some ponte roma fabric in charcoal and navy blue. I’m planning to print out the Mia Jeans pattern from the City Break Capsule Wardrobe by Sew Over It. I bought this e-pattern book pretty much as soon as it launched. I loved all the patterns in it, though I probably will never make the skirt just because that style doesn’t fit my body type at all. But other than that I love it. They are stretchy skinny jeans that are a mid rise. So I wanted to take that pattern and test the fit and sizing out in a pair or two of shorts. Once I get the sizing right I’ll most likely make a full length pant too. I’m excited for it and hopefully the pattern doesn’t need too much adjusting for me. I’m assuming I’ll be grading up the hips and maybe a full seat adjustment. But I’m just going to do the grading up, as that’s pretty standard for me with all patterns, and if I need some extra booty room I’ll do the FSA for the second pair.

We might go over to the tattoo place tomorrow afternoon, but I guess it all depends on how we feel. I’m still not feeling myself, but I’m hoping this next week will be a nice recharge for me.

Day 17 & 18 of mmmay17: a ball of anxiety

So I forgot to post yesterday, even though I did wear me made. Or rather, I was so busy shaking with anxiety and pacing that I didn’t have time to post. Oh well, what can a girl do?

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Another sweetheart halter neck dress. This was the first one I made, it was a sort of wearable muslin. It has some issues, but I still love it and definitely need to pick up more polka dot fabric. The waist was a little too bit for the skirt, so there are some puckers and bunching there (That were fixed in later versions). I had to take in the sides, and on later versions I raised the bust line a bit as the apex on this one sits a bit low on me (not surprising, I am petite after all). I also had to gather the center front a little as it was gaping and not sitting against my chest at all, the gathers helped a lot. The skirt on this one is longer than the other 2 I’ve made, which I like, it gives it a very classy vintage feel for me.

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Overall I love this dress and everyone else seems to as well, people can’t seem to take their eyes off it/me when I’m wearing it. This is obviously a tried and true pattern for me, I’ll most likely be wearing my other version of it over the weekend, given that the weather stays nice and warm.

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For today, I put on an outfit, and pretty much immediately switched out to a baggy tshirt, so I kind of failed on the me made outfit today. I tried, but I’m just too exhausted and my anxiety is too high for me to be in anything but super comfy baggy clothes. The shirt is a burda styles pattern.

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I’m not sure what’s going on with my mental health, other than it’s not good right now. I think the road trip did a lot more damage than I anticipated and now I’m dealing with the consequences and after effect of it all. I am trying and I am getting orders worked on and done and shipped out, but it’s very difficult. I’ve been in a lot of pain because all my muscles are extra tense from the anxiety and I’ve been tensing my jaw and grinding my teeth CONSTANTLY, I have to consciously unclench and stop grinding my teeth every. five. minutes. So there’s that.

I’ve also been working on my knitting to help keep my calm. I finished the body of the sweater I’ve been working on since around February. It’s a top down raglan, so I need to pick up the stitches from the waste yarn on the sleeves and knit those now, and then it’s finished! I haven’t tried it on at all yet, so I have no idea if it will fit yet. I know it’ll be more fitted than I originally anticipated and wanted, but I don’t think it’ll be too bad, it should still be comfy and wearable. I’m using Loops and Threads brand Woolike yarn in the Mauve colorway. It’s an acrylic nylon blend from Micheal’s and it’s a burgundy-berry color. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in a sweater since I didn’t know if I’d like knitting sweaters or if I’d even finish it, so I didn’t want to waste the money on it if it didn’t work out. I definitely think I’ll be upgrading to something a bit more pricey (probably only cascade or something inexpensive like that). I’m using the Pretty Mallory pattern by Vera Sanon (It’s a free Cascade pattern)

And I caked up some of the Tennessee Souvenir yarn and cast on a pair of socks for that.

That’s all for today. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to show you this weekend!

#mmmay17 week 2 overview/recap

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Recap of Week 2 of Me Made May.

Day 1: My blue wren dress, I love this pattern and need to get working on more, I have the fabric for 2 more and have another bit of fabric coming in for one more.

Day 2: A Stone Grey waffle/thermal knit long sleeve plantain tee with a me made bra and rtw leggings and undies. super simple and comfy, basically my daily uniform: comfy tee and leggings

Day 3: My red with white hearts sweetheart halter neck dress, very 50’s pinup girl. I love love love this pattern and have made 3 so far, I have many more planned.

Day 4: A light grey vneck short sleeved plantain tee with me made bra and undies and some rtw leggings. my daily uniform, as usual.

Day 5: Road trip! Periwinkle short sleeved hemlock tee with arm bands instead of sleeves, me made undies and rtw leggings.

Day 6: me made undies with rtw dress.

Day 7: seafoam plantain tee with me made undies and rtw leggings. my favorite me made top yet.

Overall not bad! There’s definitely a trend that I need to take advantage of and make some more clothing for my daily uniform. I’ll definitely be making more plantain tees, short and long sleeve hemlock tees, and I need to get my butt moving and make some leggings.

I have a few new shirts I’ve finished making during week 2 that I will most likely be wearing this week. I’ll mainly be working on etsy orders as I’ve got quite a pile to get through and ship out this week. I need to cut out some neck and arm bindings for some shirts I have mostly finished, so I may do that and get those done with week as well.

How has your me made may pledge been going? Is it harder than you thought? Have you discovered which patterns you reach for over and over again?