I’ve been slowed down by a cold this week – there’s something particularly annoying about having a cold in the summer, isn’t there? I tried to start work on one of the summer dresses I want to make, and finally managed to articulate the biggest reason why I’ve been in such a sewing funk. *I’m sick of altering patterns all the time.* Here I am, wanting to make a simple, pull-over sleeveless dress, and I can’t cut one size, or even morph between a couple sizes; I have to add length in a couple different places, morph between several sizes, and then add additional width. It’s not hard, it’s just time consuming, and even after that I know that the first couple times I make something it probably still won’t fit right. And if I don’t do the alterations, even if the piece actually fits around me, it won’t feel right and I’ll never wear it. Right now I’m very envious of people who are actually one size (or two). I would give serious consideration to buying pattern making software, if I didn’t know that taping all the sheets together all the time would drive me batty.