However you celebrate this, or even if you don't, I wish a great day for you today.
For me this is the first one in 31 years that I am not doing an Easter dinner for family, and another one that puts me one more away from those late nights of hiding eggs in clever and original ways for three kids who were disgusted if they were easy to find.
I will be talking to them all today and later my partner in golf and life and I will be eating out on a restaurant I have scoped out that is on stilts over a swamp.
I am also going to finish up that damned jacket.
I desperately need to do some fun sewing and have a new Stylearc shirt to try.
The hand stitching is taking forever. You know those analogies that say if you put all the whatever, plastic water bottles or something end to end, they would go around the earth 10 times? Well there are enough hand stitches in this thing to go Nova Scotia and back to St. Augustine at least twice.
Not the best use of my quality time I have decided.
This thing has taken me about 2,000 X the time I would have put into anything and I can tell you it is not 2,000 times nicer. In fact I have just scraped together a sort of save on this one and it will never be A Favourite. In fact I will probably wear it just long enough to sooth my need for some kind of return on this investment.
I have some Linton tweed at home and will be trying out the Stylearc jacket on it. Maybe, after I recover.
In the meantime I am refilling fussy jackets under "Things I really don't need to be sewing for myself."
I have a couple of things on that list right now, only a few, like jeans, which I can buy. To my mind what you occasionally buy need to be viewed as things I am doing to free up more sewing time.
I am about to close the Cool Clothes list tomorrow, but in the meantime what is on your own personal list of things you buy rather than make?
I am listening while I hand stitch this thing into submission.
- 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