Right now I don't have enough time to sew and it is getting on my nerves.
You, of all people, know what I mean.
The sewing I have also been able to sneak in has involved a lined jacket - not a hard project - but involved and slow. It should be done tomorrow and there will be pictures up. Most definitely.
Carolyn and Debbie Cook have talked about the concept of a quick project and that has really been resonating with me.
You know there was a time when I traced Burda lined jackets and made them. When I made those fully lined wool suits for work. And I didn't mess them up.
But somehow along the line, the line that involved a more complicated life with harder jobs and with older kids who do things like have new babies and two year olds and need help, I need to sew in tighter circles. From concept, to execution, to my back in a day or two or over a weekend. I like to have an idea on Friday and wear it to work on Monday. And then on to the next thing.
What's happened to me and my sewing?
I have a confession to make.
I often look at the blogs of other super sewers - folks making muslins of tricky jackets, under-lining with china silk, and hand basting the hell out of every thing, and I wonder if I have lost my game, if I should try harder.
But I think there is a little bit of balance here. I did my achievement sewing more in the days when I was home full-time with kids and trying to match socks and trying to find a supper all participants would eat. At that time in my life my sewing represented some kind of quality work.
Now, when my day job requires more out of me, I want to sew to try a new pattern. To have something fresh to wear maybe, but mostly just for a few hours of having fun, fooling around.
You know I don't think that my ability to sew complicated stuff has left me as much as my life has broadened a bit. In some ways, I don't know how else to say this, I just don't feel I have anything to prove, to myself in particular.
So that damn jacket is going in the out basket tomorrow. Then I am making a "beautiful pink dog suit" as requested for Miss Scarlett, I am going to get going on a Christmas present for one of my kids (no further details in case anyone family member reads this), and then I think I am just going to get up on my weekend mornings, go down to the sewing room and see what I feel like at that particular moment.
These days that's how I sew.
How about you?
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- I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon
Friday, October 14, 2011
Here we go this rainy morning:
- Sometimes your life is about you, sometimes it's about other people.
- Good to be who they call.
- You can still sew in your head.
- Woke up wanting a plaid skirt, first time I have had this thought since grade seven.
- Being a good parent is doing yourself out of a job.
- Someone told me that in a Boston playground 25 years ago.
- Doubt if my son can take is dog with him when he goes off to the new job in Newfoundland.
- Will have to choose my moment to ask my husband how he feels about driving to Florida with a barking fox terrier and a Border Collie running in circles in the back seat.
- Someone has to herd the luggage.
- Maybe later.
- After I tell him I have invited my entire family to take turns joining us on vacation.
- Maybe I space this out.
- Had a meeting with Successful People yesterday but was late because I ran into students on the steps.
- Decided the only difference between being young and old is the amount you laugh.
- Consider this seriously.
- Facebook makes my head explode.
- Politicians, relatives, students, and professors all want to be my friends.
- My worlds collide.
- Facebook is no place to push your latest book, article, campaign, or social commentary.
- See laughing above.
- All I want to read the BVM posts so I don't miss a garment or a sale.
- And see baby pictures.
- If I defriend you don't take it personally.
- Why do the pattern companies even publish jacket and coat patterns they call "unlined."
- Who would ever make an unlined wool coat and be happy with it.
- After they stood up after having sat down.
- If I didn't need to be warm I wouldn't need a jacket or coat.
- Why do they give multi-sized and multi-cup patterns but no lining pieces?
- It is a pain to draft these myself.
- Why not include the lining pattern pieces and say "If you don't want to add a lining don't use these pieces."
- I still haven't had my pattern instruction writing job offer come in yet.
- I want to get up early and go to the market downtown to buy fresh collards.
- The deal is I can have company if we ride the motorcycle.
- Seems fair.
- Where do you start with a student who thinks Wikipedia is an scholarly source and People magazine is a journal?
- I am letting my hair go grey.
- The students are helping me with this.
- I figure if I wear enough lipstick I should be OK.
- Colleague at work said her hair is a lot thicker since she stopped dyeing.
- Worth a try.
- I have to get my knit on if I am going to get even half what I want done by Christmas.
- Is it possible to knit on the back of a motorcycle.
- While raking leaves.
- While doing the dishes.
- While marking papers.
- Walking dogs.
- Plan B is to go to bed early and watch the news.
- Good thing the US election has these super long campaigns.