Thursday, December 31, 2009
I made my first garment (a dress, pattern lost) in grade 8 which was many decades ago. Through high school, I sewed and sewed. At the very beginning, I favored Simplicity patterns. It was the late 60s and they were fresh and cute. Later on into the early 70s I made Butterick patterns - the ones designed by Betsey Johnson and Kenzo were my favorites but I continued with Simplicity, especially the "Young Contemporary" ones. Only later, in university and beyond, would I graduate to the occasional Vogue. I can only remember ever making a couple of McCalls patterns and I don't know why they didn't grab me. That was my entire world of possible sewing patterns, then.
I have many of my patterns from the university days but unfortunately, most of the ones I made before then were lost when my parents moved (sniff, Mom & Dad, maybe I'll forgive you someday...). They would have been gone forever but the internet gave us all a way to reacquire the ephemera of our past lives.
Here's a little dip into my sewing memories and my collection.
I'm still looking for the very first dress pattern I ever made. It was ca1968 and it was (natch) a mini dress. I made it out of a lurid cotton print featuring hot pink flowers, which had a nice substantial weight and texture. It was A line with puffed sleeves, a square faced neckline and big patch pockets. But the most astonishing feature of the design (I can hardly credit that I chose, and successfully made this pattern for my FIRST EVER garment project) was the bust darts. They originated in the side seams, charged out horizontally at a level just below the bust and then took a hard (square) turn upwards. CUTE! But DIFFICULT for a beginner, no? My Home Ec teacher must have sighed deeply when she saw it, but kudos to her for not insisting that we all make the same boring and ugly navy blue cotton top with back zipper and V neck that would never be worn. I wore that dress a lot, and the positive charge I got out of making it set me on my way as a lifelong sewer.
While I can't show you the 1968 dress, I can show you another pattern which was perhaps the 2nd or 3rd one I made, and has the same kind of darting.
My memory of the cute girls in grade 9 has had a serious boost recently as my mother found and returned to me my yearbook of that ancient day, only this Christmas. She gave it to me along with my report card from grade 1 (where is the museum conservator for this ancient paper?). I got a huge laugh from the report card when I read as follows:
Shows self-expression ... yes
Evidence of particular talent or unusual ability ... no
Enjoys musical activities ... yes
Evidence of particular talent ... no
Since I am reminiscing about grade 1, there I am, sitting nicely in the front row of my class picture in regulation navy box pleated tunic and white shirt, complete with skinned knee. I didn't realize I was doomed to have no artistic or musical talent!
Anyhow, Simplicity 8805 was lost to me until I acquired it from one of my favorite vintage pattern sites, Lantez Living. I have considered making it again, though a bit longer. What do you think?
One more for today, accompanied by a photo of yours truly wearing it at her high school graduation (with BF of the day).
OKAY YOU CAN STOP LAUGHING NOW!
For your information, the dress was made from a soft and beefy but seriously synthetic knit fabric in shades of off-white and dusty rose. One side was a check, and the other was a heathery solid. I used the contrast for the collar and cuffs. Looking at the photo, I believe I would have thought the dress a little on the long/modest side. I used to measure the "right length" in those days by whether the tips of my fingers brushed the hem, and I have short arms(!).
I didn't like this pattern enough to buy it again (and it was the wrong size by a mile) but I saved the image.
Tell me if you found this post (a) illuminating or inspiring, (b) amusing, or (c) embarrassing. Based on your responses, I'll decide whether to share more of my ancient sewing history, or sulk and keep it all to myself.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
More like Voodoo doll!
Turns out there are a lot of sites which give instructions for making crafty tree ornaments. Maybe some day when I turn into Martha Stewart I will remember to look for these bookmarks and do up my house (HA!).
I don't like the excruciating how-to videos (skip the introductory ad - an AD on a craft video??). However there are many tutorials out there.
Country Stitcher's Ornament). However I find them a bit "Becky Home-Ecky"...
Winter themes are also logical (Better Homes & Gardens). These are particularly *cute*.
These paper snowflakes are quite lovely.
If anyone is out there reading, I hope your holidays are happy and safe. See you in 2010 (or maybe there will be another post before the end of the year, who knows?).
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Panama: Credicorp Bank Now Offers Precious MetalsSource: Prensa.com
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The product was born as a request from the customers, who demanded investment alternatives, specially in gold, a commodity whose price has grown around 60% in the last 12 months.
"Called 'precious metals' the product comprises the sale of gold and silver bars and coins, refined exclusively for Credicorp Bank (BVP: CRED) and certified by Swiss company Argor-Heraeus", reported Prensa.com.
According to the newspaper, Credicorp is the first entity offering this product in Panama.
- Read more at the source article by Edith Castillo Duarte (only in spanish)
- http://www.laglex.com/htm/en_so.htm Opening bank accounts in Panama
Monday, December 21, 2009
My husband has wanted a trilobite-print-fabric Aloha shirt for some time and since he was able to supply the fabric, I cooperated by making it up - it'll be formally presented on Friday as a non-surprise Christmas present.
As for Spoonflower, what a concept: "a website that gives you the power to print your own designs on fabric". If you can come up with an image or design in a suitable e-format (TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF), you can upload it, preview how it will look printed on yardage (play with different tiling of the design), and order it printed on one of six different types of fabric: quilting cotton, linen-cotton canvas, upholstery weight cotton twill, organic cotton sateen, organic cotton interlock knit and 60-40 bamboo-cotton rayon. It's wise to order a sample size piece (8" square) first to see how it will look "in real life" for $5. The fabric sells at between $18 and $32 per yard. I think I already mentioned that my husband got 2 yards of the cotton-bamboo rayon printed up. It crocked a bit in the washer & dryer, and in the sewing, but this just adds to the slightly distressed and rock-like appearance of the dark background.
I've made this pattern, long out-of-print McCalls 4115, many times before both as a Hawaiian or Aloha style shirt as designed, and with long sleeves as the top for seriously goofy but classic PJs. Check these out!
Spoonflower sent us a coordinating label so I added a back facing I could sew it to. Even though I was short of fabric I was able to match the patch pocket perfectly. All seams are flat-felled so the inside is as nice as the outside.
More details and links can be found in my review on PatternReview.
Maybe now I'll have to get back to my winter coat.
Happy holidays, everyone!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here are some pictures of the completed shirt.
The back is very plain - no pleats or gathers at the yoke. The pattern called for 2 vertical darts but I did not sew them.
Full review is here.
Next up... the trilobite shirt.
Yes, you can. However, one visit has to be made for the actual application of the visa and then no more than 1 year after actual approval to be served of the approval.
A multiple-entry permit must be requested when leaving the country after filing. However, you have to budget a $25 monthly fine if you do not return to Panama after the 3-month multiple-entry permit expires to have it renewed.
Backlog of applications has reached new records with the new Administration, with delays going into 14 months from the time of filing.
January 25, 2010 - January 29, 2010
Opportunities for Your Company in Panama
Deadline December 17, 2009
Join other Atlantic Canadian companies and travel to Panama to discover business opportunities for your company.
Following a successful trade mission to Panama in June 2009 with 10 Atlantic Canadian companies, NSB Inc. is currently recruiting companies to participate in a follow-up trade mission to Panama in January 2010.
Key sectors in Panama include building products and construction, information communications technology, environmental industries, and professional and educational services.
For a registration fee of $500 you will receive:
One-on-one business meetings tailored to your business goals;
Ground transportation to and from your business meetings;
High-level networking events to assist you in your entry or expansion into the market.
You are responsible for the cost of round trip airfare, accommodation and meals.
Space is limited. Register today. Fill out the application form and return to Jennifer Dunbar at jdunbar@ nsbi.ca
Cost: $500 (Cheque payable to World Trade Centre Atlantic Canada)
Application Deadline: Friday, December 17, 2009
For additional information:
Monday, December 14, 2009
First up, I made silk chiffon scarves based on the "Quick to Make" feature of Threads Magazine in the October-November 2003 issue. I've scanned the instructions and they can be found here: Page 1; Page 2. The Threads instructions are fine if your 2 fabrics are the same width. However, if they are not you have to sew them together before making the centre loop. I did it this way:
- Choose 2 coordinating silk chiffon fabrics - you will need 2 40cm lengths.
- Sew the pieces together along one selvedge edge giving you a 40cm wide scarf whose length is the width of each fabric added together.
- Fold this long scarf in half to locate the mid-point, which will not be at the seam if your fabrics are different widths to start. Mark this point.
- Now fold the scarf in half lengthwise, and sew a seam 30cm long at the centre of the entire length (i.e. 15cm to either side of the mid-point you marked at the last step).
- Turn the scarf right side out. It will have a 30cm long tube in the middle.
- Continue as per the Threads instructions, step 4.
When worn, the look varies pending on which side of the scarf is worn "out".
Here are the other two.
It's a perfectly ordinary men's shirt. It's described as "slightly fitted" and has 2 vertical darts in the back, which I did not sew.
Now my fabric is an even plaid and I carefully matched it while cutting - except I FORGOT to think about how there should be a smooth match at the CF. ACK!
So here's the shirt fronts showing how the unmatched fronts end up with two heavy dark vertical lines running together.
And here is my fix/disguise. I cut a bias band for the CF which fills the space between two dark vertical bands perfectly, and disguises the fact that the whole thing is off centre. HA! When the buttons are on, the disguise will be perfect!
Shirtmaking book for better instructions than Burda's.
I like the collar technique from this book - for once the collar stand curves smoothly down to the front edges - no ugly lumps and bumps. I'll post pictures of the finished shirt with details soon, but here is the method.
First, you attach the collar stand to the shirt body, and the inner collar stand to the inside of the shirt body. Then, carefully rolling the shirt inside the collar stand, right sides together, you sew around the leading edge of the stand ending at the exact point where the collar will attach to it. Trim and grade those seam allowances very close to the stitching. If you trim down to 3mm or so, there is no need to clip in the curved area. Clip to the point where you stopped stitching, however. Then turn the whole thing out and admire your handiwork. Here's a picture of the collar stand at this stage.
Next, sew the collar. I used 1cm seam allowances around the entire collar, collar stand, and neck edge. Of course, I then promptly forgot and sewed the collar (the first one) with 1.5cm seam allowances. DOH!
I did the second one properly, and I even remembered to scootch the top collar down so there would be room for the turn of cloth once it was sewn into the stand.
The collar is then sewn to the inner stand (top collar to inner stand) and the outer stand seam allowance is simply pressed down and the whole thing is edgestitched.
At this point I have the shirt mostly finished - just the buttonholes and buttons to do.
I used my seam ripper A LOT while sewing this shirt. However, it is turning out well. I SURE hope it fits and he likes it!
Friday, December 11, 2009
À: "panama laws for expats"
Date: Dimanche 8 Novembre 2009, 11h57
The agency is not responsible for concealed defects in the apartment
The agent does not have general liability for defects in the apartment, for example damage from humidity discovered after conclusion of the sale or other concealed defects. The seller of an apartment or real estate is liable to the buyer for defects - including the information provided by the agent prior to sale and any defects in that information.
The agent is not liable for e.g. incorrect information on the house manager's certificate, unless the agent had reason to believe that the information in question was incorrect. The seller is liable in such situations.
On the other hand, the agent has a far-reaching liability for the legality and quality of his brokerage work.
Get help from the consumer advisor and file a complaint if necessary
If you have questions on any ambiguities regarding the work of real estate agents, contact the consumer advisor. The consumer advisor gives counsel regarding the legislation and rules governing the work of real estate agents and, if necessary, directs consumers forward, for instance to file a complaint with the Consumer Disputes Board.
Disputes over real estate transactions are sometimes unclear as to who is liable for incorrect or incomplete information supplied with regards to the apartment - the real estate agent or the seller. In this case the complaint should be filed against both parties.
Complaints regarding real estate agents may be filed with the State Provincial Office. The State Provincial Office may issue a warning to the real estate agent, force temporary closure of the agency or have them removed from the register of real estate agents. The State Provincial Office may not, however, order a real estate agency to pay damages or compensation.
COURTS RULE ON ISSUE OF MISREPRESENTATIONS
Summarized below are several recent court cases involving misrepresentations in real estate transactions. These cases illustrate what appears to be the current trend in judicial thought away from the traditional concept of "caveat emptor" (Let the buyer beware) and towards the more modern, consumeroriented philosophy of "caveat licensee" (Let the licensee beware).
MAINE-Summary of Facts: A purchaser of a lot filed suit against a seller for fraudulently representing that the lot had been approved for installation of a septic tank; the purchaser made no independent inquiry to determine the accuracy of th 11 representation. Decision: The court ruled in favor of the purchaser ' stating in part that "A plaintiff may justifiably rely on the fraudulent misrepresentation of a defendant, whether made intentionally or recklessly, without investigating the t'ruth or falsity of the representation. Reliance is unjustified only if the plaintiff knows the representation is false or its falsity is obvious to him". (Although the defendant in this case was the seller, the same reasoning would also seem to apply equally to agents of a seller.)
IDAHO-Summary of Fact: A broker had made representations to a buyer which were based upon i'ncorrect information supplied by a seller. The buyer filed suit against the broker for making misrepresentations, but the broker claimed that he was only acting as a "conduit" for information flowing from the seller to the buyer. Decision: The court, in its ruling, stated that "(T)he real estate agent (broker) will be liable to a prospective purchaser if he knew or should have known that the representations were inaccurate or if he could have, by reasonable investigation, determined the accuracy of the representations."
ALABAMA-Summary of Facts: A seller who knew his house had a faulty septic tank did not reveal this defect to his broker. A subsequent buyer of the property filed suit against both the seller and the broker for failure to disclose this defect. Decision: The court ruled in favor of the buyer stating that although the broker did not have actual knowledge of the defect, the broker (as agent for the seller) was obligated to learn about any deficiencies and to inform prospective buyers of such defects.
TEXAS-Summary of Facts: A broker who was selling his own property failed to advise the purchaser that the foundation of the structure on the property had settled and needed repairs. The purchaser subsequently filed suit against the broker/seller. Decision: The court ruled in favor of the purchaser, stating that a seller has a duty to reveal known defects to purchasers. (Although the defendant in this case was a seller, the same reasoning would also seem to apply equally to agents of a seller.)
NORTH CAROLINA -Summary of Facts: A purchaser of a house and lot filed suit against a builder, alleging that the builder had failed to disclose that the house had been built on "disturbed soil" (the house was constructed over a large hole filled with debris and then covered with clay). Decision: The court ruled that "Since this defect in the lot and the house . . . was not apparent to plaintiffs (the purchasers) and not within the reach of their digilent attention and observation, defendant (builder) was under a duty to disclose this information to plaintiffs". (Although the defendant in this case was a builder/seller, the North Carolina Supreme Court held in a related case that a real estate agent would also have come within the rule applied in this case if the agent knew or had reason to believe that the builder had constructed the house on "disturbed soil" yet withheld this fact from the purchasers.)
Although several of the cases cited above were not decided on the basis of North Carolina law, North Carolina real estate brokers and salesmen should be well aware of the principles set forth in all of these decisions: These principles, simply stated, are (1) that a real estate agent who intentionally or unintentionally gives a purchaser incorrect or incomplete information may be held liable for such statements even though the source of the incorrect information was the seller or another broker, and even though the purchaser could have verified the information himself; (2) that a seller and nis agent have an affirmative duty to disclose to prospective purchasers any latent (hidden) defects connected with the property (for example, faulty septic tank, leaky basement, etc.) about which they are aware or should reasonably be aware,- and (3) that although a real estate agent owes his primary loyalty to his principal, (usually the seller), the agent must treat all parties in the transaction fairly.
Furthermore, if a licensee has actual knowledge of material facts regarding a property (or should reasonably have known of such facts), but the licensee fails to disclose these facts to a prospective purchaser, then such nondisclosure may subject the licensee to disciplinary action by the North Carolina Real Estate Licensing Board.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Immigration the setting for complaints of racial discrimination http://www.thepanamanews.com/pn/v_15/issue_15/news_04.html
Immigration reform group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=162007622227
LA CRÓNICA DE UNA LARGA ESPERA PARA REALIZAR UN TRÁMITE MIGRATORIO
Esperan hasta 15 horas por un turno en Migración
La administración se defiende alegando que se heredaron 15 mil expedientes con más de un año de retraso.
TRÁMITE. El Servicio Nacional de Migración atiende a unas 200 personas por día. 1298703
Eliana Morales Gil mailto:emorales@
El pasado viernes 20 de noviembre es una fecha que, difícilmente, Rosario Pérez* podrá olvidar. Ese día tuvo que esperar 15 horas para que le llegara el turno de ser atendida por funcionarios del Servicio Nacional de Migración.
Había llegado a la sede de esa entidad en la Ricardo J. Alfaro a las 4:30 a.m., pero no fue hasta las 6:19 p.m. cuando fue atendida. Ella, al igual que otros abogados panameños y extranjeros, esperó de pie y sin probar alimentos para que le admitieran su expediente.
Y pasó de todo. Al filo de las 4:00 p.m., todos los que allí estaban se quedaron boquiabiertos cuando los turnos fueron interrumpidos para recibir los papeles de una persona que no había hecho fila. Un funcionario de la entidad les explicó que la dirección había dado la orden de recibir los expedientes del recién llegado.
En ese momento el sistema se cayó, lo que provocó más retraso. Ese viernes, Pérez pudo presentar sus papeles a las 6:19 p.m., pero otros usuarios, narró, se quedaron hasta más tarde.
La larga espera no es de lo único que se quejan los usuarios en Migración.
Un abogado, que pidió el anonimato, contó que por estos días tramita el caso de un extranjero que prefirió vender sus propiedades y sacar una suma importante de dinero del Banco Nacional, porque su esposa fue víctima de malos tratos en esa entidad, cuando hacía diligencias para sacar un carné.
Otros tachan de groseros a los funcionarios y agentes de seguridad que trabajan cerca de la Dirección General. “Uno de los encargados de anunciar a las personas que van a ser atendidas por la dirección, no contesta ni los buenos días”, dijo una mujer visiblemente molesta.
Eduardo Peñaloza, subdirector de Migración, dijo que no comprende cómo las personas pueden llegar en la madrugada, cuando la entidad abre sus puertas a las 7:30 a.m., y pese a que cierra a las 2:00 p.m., los funcionarios siguen atendiendo a las personas que están en la institución a esa hora. “A veces se quedan hasta las 8:00 p.m. atendiendo a los usuarios”, dijo. Aseguró, además, que hay algunos abogados que presentan hasta 20 expedientes al mismo tiempo, y eso les quita horas a los que reciben los documentos.
Y es que, según Peñaloza, esta administración heredó unos 15 mil expedientes migratorios con más de un año de retraso. Por ejemplo, explicó que hasta la fecha han logrado ponerse al día con papeles que llegaron a la entidad en mayo de este año.
Migración también emitió un comunicado de prensa para informar que los funcionarios de esa institución no pueden otorgar boletos numéricos a los solicitantes de trámites. Indican que se atenderá de acuerdo con el orden de llegada.
Peñaloza también informó que actualmente se trabaja en cambios a la Ley 3 del 22 de febrero de 2008 (ley de Migración), para lo cual ya se han empezado a reunir con abogados y la Cámara Marítima, la cual debe atender trámites relacionados con los marinos que llegan a los puertos panameños, entre otros grupos.
El Servicio Nacional de Migración atiende diariamente a unas 200 personas. Según estadísticas divulgadas por su oficina de Relaciones Públicas, hasta la fecha han entrado al país un millón 212 mil 995 extranjeros, y han salido un millón 22 mil 892 . Los estadounidenses y colombianos lideran la lista de extranjeros con más entradas a Panamá: 196 mil 428 y 164 mil 826, respectivamente.
(*El nombre fue cambiado a solicitud de la fuente por temor a represalias en Migración).
THE CHRONICLE OF A LONG WAIT FOR AN IMMIGRATION PROCESSING
They wait until 15 hours by a shift in migration The administration defends the ground that it inherited more than 15 thousand cases a year late. STEP. The National Immigration Service caters for about 200 people per day. 1298703 Eliana Morales Gil firstname.lastname@example.org On Friday November 20 is a date that hard, Rosario Perez * will forget. That day he had to wait 15 hours for his turn came to be attended by officials of the National Immigration Service.
He arrived at the headquarters of that entity in the Richard J. Alfaro at 4:30 am, but it was not until 6:19 pm when it was served. She, like other Panamanians and foreign lawyers, stood and waited without food for which they admitted their application.
And everything happened. At exactly 4:00 pm, all those present gasped when shifts were interrupted to receive the papers of a person who had been queuing. An agency official explained that the management had given the order to receive the files of the newcomer.
At that time the system crashed, causing further delay. That Friday, Perez was able to present their papers at 6:19 pm, but other users, narrated, stayed up later.
The long wait is not the only thing users complain Migration.
One lawyer, who requested anonymity, said that these days handles the case of an alien who preferred to sell their properties and get a large sum of money the National Bank because his wife was abused in that state when he made inquiries to draw a card.
Others accused of being rude to staff and security officers who work near the DG. "One of the managers to advertise to people who are going to be addressed by management, not answer nor good morning," said a visibly upset woman.
Eduardo Penaloza, assistant director of Immigration, said he does not understand how people can arrive at dawn, when the institution opens its doors at 7:30 am, and although close at 2:00 pm, officers continue to serve people who are in the institution at that time. "Sometimes they stay until 8:00 p.m. light users, "he said. It added that there are some lawyers who have up to 20 files at the same time, and that takes away hours to receive documents.
Because, according Peñaloza, this administration inherited some 15 thousand cases of migrants over a year late. For example, he explained that to date have been catching up with papers that came to the institution in May this year.
Migration has also issued a press release reporting that the officials of that institution can not give tickets to applicants numerical procedures. They state that will be addressed according to the order of arrival.
Penaloza also reported currently working on changes to Law No. 3 of 22 February 2008 (Migration Act), for which have already begun to meet with lawyers and the Chamber of Shipping, which must meet procedures related to marine arriving in Panamanian ports, among other groups.
The National Immigration Service serves about 200 people daily. According to statistics published by the Public Relations office to date have entered the country 995 million 212 thousand foreigners, have left one million 22 thousand 892. The U.S. and Colombian topping the list of foreigners with more tickets to Panama: 196 thousand 428 and 164 thousand 826, respectively.
(* The name was changed at the request of the source for fear of reprisals from Migration).