My chimes are noisy in the fall wind and I can practically smell sharpened pencils, new notebooks and wet pavement as school starts here in the Pacific Northwest. I have a pile of “school year” sewing which really means, sewing for the new season.
I haven’t been blogging, so you probably don’t know that when I recently moved from Seattle to Edmonds (a city so close it touches) I donated 30% or more of my belongings. It was incredibly freeing to remove all the clothes from my life that I didn’t like or didn’t fit. However I find myself actually needing more clothes. Cardigans and sweaters, jeans and athletic gear, and I always need more knit dresses. So what becomes a fun hobby suddenly transforms into a necessary skill. The weight of necessity is heavy, and I find myself not sewing things together.
Summer came and went so briefly I feel like I barely felt the heat. I lived in this shirt I made early on in June, one of a few things I finished. I am wearing it today, as I have worn it most days. It was the perfect match of fabric and pattern. A cotton poly lycra blend for a draped tank top.
I should clearly be paying attention to Gillian’s “better picture project” tips and tricks as this iPhone picture isn’t the best. What it does show you is my messy cutting table, my comfortable draped tank, and my sewing room (aka storage closet.) The tank has a hi-low hem, and with my usual adjustments it came out fairly fun and easy. I made two of them, and will definitely call this a keeper. I should make a few more for gym work outs maybe… but sewing has felt so tedious of late.
Also on my work table is my new cutting mat. I didn’t think I would care so much, but after using the same one for over 8 years, this new mat makes such a difference! The mat was a 60% off purchase at JoAnn’s, the cheaper fiskar brand, but it has a nice light grey color. I really like a lighter color beneath layers of fabrics. My husband suggested grey to help with color matching. Apparently graphic designers do know something about color, because it actually is a lot better than the dark black or the intense green.
You can also see my many works in progress. A Skylander’s button up shirt for my kid. This is a compromise. I want him to learn to open and close buttons but he won’t wear anything that isn’t related to cartoons. It’s a half-button up, like a woven-fabric henley neckline. So when I get frustrated about the buttons he can just pull it over his head too. It’s an Ottobre pattern of course. Also there is a self drafted pair of shorts for me to sleep in. I need to get the elastic in those just so I have another option for sleeping attire. And you can see my planning for “school jeans” for my little guy (note: school started last week). I love articulated knee patches. He is 4 years old since August, and has really taken a whole new approach to “rough housing” so double patches are a necessity.
Kindly ignore the three ziplocks in the back corner. The skirt is from two years ago, the dress even longer. I set them there in June to guilt myself into making them but the guilt isn’t working.
Finally, my last “current project” is some work out clothes. My YMCA membership really paid off this summer, and even thought I have been on break for a couple weeks, I will start again this Monday and keep going. Leggings are great for working out in, for yoga class and weights and the treadmill. I am surprised to discover I enjoy these activities. What I don’t enjoy are ill fitting attire, fabric that stretches or doesn’t snap back into place after being worn once. I am probably plus size. I haven’t ever labeled myself as such, but I am a size Large usually. Is that plus size? Anyway, work out gear doesn’t come in L or even an XL. So here I go, exploring lycra and loving my serger!
I purchased some anti-microbal “breathable” lycra from Koshtex fabrics and man do I love it. For leggings only, it feels a bit scratchy on my arms but apparently my leg nerves are dull or dumb. I sought the sales, and failed to notice I have blue red and black and it will love very “super hero” in the gym. I am trying two patterns all at once because I like the comparison. Cora Leggings by Jalie and the Duathlon Shorts by Fehr Trade. The shorts I plan to make into padded bike shorts, but I also have the Steeplechase Leggings to make for yoga class.
So these should keep me busy until I start the Jalie hoodie sew a long with Kelly. Or I could start some cardigan sewing from the awesome knits I got at the District Fabrics anniversary sale, or bring my muslin of some Style Arc pants to a friend to help fit, or pick up my Ziggi Jacket muslin and work on that…
Today we had a little party for PinCushionTreats and it was so lovely to be with other sewists. GMarie hosted and hopefully someone took pictures because it was so fun! It has me excited to get blogging again, before the trend fades away, before I only take Instagram photos and stop writing, before I stop sewing altogether. So I am going to take my own advice and put effort into my sewing circle. One stitch at a time.