I am very excited for a new year to begin. 2010 was a rough year for my family and while we had some ups we had lots of down so I am welcoming a new year with open arms and hoping that it will be more positive for everyone (and yes I mean everyone everywhere). I have made some personal commitments to myself. I want to put aside a half an hour a day for myself. Half an hour to sew, exercise, or maybe even take a belly dancing class. I already started my 1/2 hour a day by working on a muslin of the Simplicity 4044 40's pants. Although let me say I am not sure if I like the waist line on this one I think I prefer a waistband so we will see when the muslin is finished if I should have opted for the Simplicity 3688 but since I started the muslin I think I will follow through and finish before making a final judgement but I am just not sure that scalloped waist will be flattering on an apple shaped girl like myself.