As far as paper vs washing and drying cloth, I feel that reusable is almost always better than disposable. The electricity that the dryer uses would just keep going down the power lines, it's not like it gets saved for later if you don't use it, unfortunatly.
That said, I air dry everything, because it costs $1.50 a load. I use drying racks inside. I have a pretty small apartment, 550 sq ft, but I can fit two racks in front of my patio door, or one in my bathtub. If I wash in the afternoon everything is usually dry by morning.
Your math is fine but you forgot one equation: Stretchy Fabric + cutting on the bias = very stretched out waistline. Next time starts smaller, You can always trim it down to make it bigger, but once it's too big it won't get smaller.
There are a variety of things that can cause this. Try pressing it out again first, it could be just that it needs more ironing. Other potential culprits are using the wrong needle for knits (should be ball point, not sharp) or using a straight stitch instead of a zig zag or stretch stitch.
I'm getting in on this late, but better late than never, right?
I just finished making a swiffer wet-mop cover. I took one of my husbands old standard issue Army towels that are too small to be bath towels but to big for hand towels. I folded it in half, cut it to fit, pinned elastic to one edge inside, sewed only that edge, turned it right side out, then attached the elastic to the other side. It only took me about 20 minutes, and that was including testing it out mopping my kitchen. It works great! At least as well as the disposable kind.
You've done an excellent job on everything! I like how much more proffessional the patches look when sewn on the diagonal. I'd like to try one of the dresses, but I think I'm going to put a panel under the lacing and make wide non ajustable straps to cover my bra.
I like the pre-cooked rotisserie chickens. they're easy, versatile, and cheaper than whole raw chicken (at least where I live). Here's what I do with them:
Meal one: Grocery day serve still hot chicken with spinach from a frozen package
Meal two: with pasta Boil pasta, Drain heat cream soup in noodle pot (I use cream of mushroom) and thin with a little milk Add some shredded chicken and the noodles to the pot, stir and serve
Meal three: Chicken Noodle Casserole Boil noodles, drain shred 1-2 cups chicken, scrape off all the remaining usable meat use one cup or whatever is left from the spinach in meal one combine chicken, noodles, cream soup, spinach, and a little milk in a baking dish top with parmesan cheese and bits of butter Bake at 350 for 30-40 min in a conventional oven, 20 min for a toaster oven Serves 2-4
This all costs me about $17, with plenty of leftover milk, parmesan, butter, and noodles.