Well the computer is completely back to normal, everything seems to be working fine. I must thank my wonderful bil Lou or Glooey as he is sometimes referred to. He was instrumental in making the thing fully functional. I was finally able to put a ton of new items up at the store. I'm still working on my plan for my vacation wardrobe. Unfortunately for me I have to wait all summer for the getaway. My birthday isn't until September, Labor Day weekend (I call it the National Holiday of Melody because everyone has the day off and can celebrate with me. Some friends have determined that it's really just because I'm a piece of work, either way). Anyhow, I've been drawing styles on my personal croquis and I really like being able to do that, it's like trying on the clothes before I go through the effort of making them. I don't know how many people use a personal croquis but it's really easy to do at home if you have a digital camera. First I get Mick to take a photo of me in just my underwear and shoes. I then load the image into the computer and print out the photo. Once I've got that done I trace the outline of myself and I have a Melody paperdoll. I make a bunch of copies of that and I then draw the pattern images onto the Melody tracing and I get a pretty good idea of what that garment will look like on me. Sometimes it's unfortunate but it's pretty accurate. I think it's a good method for seeing what designs work well for your body type.
This is "me" in a McCall's wrap dress pattern, I think. I think that's pretty darn close to what I'll actually look like in it. At the very least you get fewer unpleasant surprises.
I've been using this method to narrow down my wardrobe choices for Saugatuck, I've nixed a couple of things, once I get it narrowed down, I'll post photos of the croquis.