Not sure how much I will be sewing this weekend.
My husband has had it confirmed that he is going back to Tennessee for the winter, with time off to come home at Christmas, and leaving in a few weeks. So between some school work I need to get caught up on this weekend, and things we are doing to "winterize"me and the house (the fridge died yesterday - only a few years old - GE side-by-side- won't be buying another one of those, and the furnace is leaking ...), I am not sure how many times I am going to get to go down to my sewing room.
Too bad, because I have three versions of this Vogue T shirt cut out and I am itching to get them done. I realize that since I found out I will be batching it, at least week nights while my son is away at college too, he often comes home for the weekends, I have been making comfort clothes.
My work wardrobe is pretty developed. I am waiting only on some dress fabric that I had sent to my son in DC from Michael's in Baltimore, but I have been feeling a lack of new things to wear this winter, when it is me and the dogs in the house in evenings after work.
So this weekend it looks like I will be doing some sewing in my head. Thinking of projects that I might do, or goals I might set for myself this winter between my own trips south to visit.
Here they are:
1. I am too random for contests but am wondering about Patternview sew-alongs. There is a cardigan one going and one for pajamas. Both are on my list. I have never made a cardigan and have three pieces of nice wool sweater knit, and a definite pj request from my daughter.
2. Outer wear. When all the kids were little I used to make all the winter jackets and snow pants. I was the master of warm clothing. We live in a port city on the North Atlantic and I live at the top of a hill. The elementary school is at the bottom of that hill. My kids used to come home for lunch and so walked up and down that hill four times a day.
My middle son, who has climbed Kilimanjaro, said he felt his whole childhood had been one big training session.
I made winter clothes out of waterproof, windproof fabric, called Commander, lined with Polar Fleece that I had sewed insulation to, too. They used to come into the house with sweat pouring down their faces, poor kids.
The thing is, these units I made for them wore like iron. In fact my mom has sent back to me a girl's winter jacket and pants I made for one sister's kids one year, and eventually was worn by three families. My mom sent it on in case Scarlett could wear it one day (I need to take a picture this weekend). It's as good as new.
Lately, I have been thinking, as the weather gets colder, that I should be making a big girl's version for this winter. I know how. There is also an winter wear contest coming up at PR.
3. I had this crazy idea that I should make 10 white shirts, as a way of seeing if you really can never have too many white shirts, and as a way of stretching my creativity - I mean who would sew 10 white shirts all the same unless they were dressing a choir?
4. More shirts/blouses in general. They really are the only true trans-seasonal garments.
What do you think?
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon