Unraveled Wednesday

Saturday was one of those rare days with a completely empty box on the calendar. So I headed out early for my walk and then set off to do some sewing. The goal was to stitch up a Wiksten shift using up a piece of linen from my stash. The first hurdle came when I realized I was a bit short to have the front and the back on the fold but a seam up the back wasn’t a problem. I pinned and cut and stitched. I tried it on before adding top stitching and pockets and thought it was a bit full in the bag but didn’t worry too much. By early afternoon I was ready for a shower and errand wearing my new dress. As I stood in front of the mirror I realized that bagginess was going to bug me but I did not want to unstitch the whole thing. I also didn’t want to make a belt (which is what the pattern suggests). I played with the idea of back darts but finally decided to add a casing with some elastic. The casing in on the inside of the dress and it does pull the bulk in nicely. I’m not thrilled with the dress and plan to revisit the pattern using another piece of fabric from my stash. Stay tuned.

I’m still plugging away on the purple scarf and have started a new shawl and this sweater – using up more stash for both projects. I am almost finished with Born a Crime – a great audio book – and making plans for Mary’s Summer Book Bingo. I pushed myself to do a cover all last summer which burned me out so I will be gentler with myself this summer.

We have a 4 day weekend coming up with more empty calendar boxes! Life is good.

Off to join Kat and the Unravelers today.

Hello Friday

Thirty six years ago I was making my wedding dress on the Brother sewing machine that mom bought for me when I graduated from college. No bells or whistles- just a work horse machine. I made a lot of clothing on that machine (for myself and later for the girls). I stitched up curtains, bumper pads and baby quilts, pillows and even some slip covers.

Then I got serious about quilting and needed an upgrade. The popular machine with quilters (started with a capital B) was out of my price range. But Pfaff had just come out with a very nice machine and the price was right. I had learned to sew on a Pfaff. It felt right. More clothing, home decor, and lots of quilts were stitched up in that machine.

After 25 years, it was ready to retire. When I went to the sewing machine store I was planning to get another Pfaff. But the I saw the Brother machines and I was sold. This one has an extra wide throat plate – great for machine quilting, needle down function, an extra plate to extend the sewing space, and more bells and whistles that I probably won’t use. So far I have figured out how to wind the bobbin and get it threaded. Hopefully I will be stitching up a storm very soon.

Monday mindfulness

I have had so much fun with my sewing machine this weekend. I made the white Scout Tee first. This is a pretty straightforward pattern except I don’t really like doing a bias edge on necklines. So I made a facing for the back. For the front, I added a piece that was cut on the bias to add a different direction. (I have been sewing for over 50 years so these adaptations are years in the making.)

Then I dug into my clothing fabric stash (yes, I have a fabric stash for clothing and an even larger one for quilting) and found the print. I had seen a Scout Tee with longer sleeves so I decided to try that. Again, this was not new to me. I have altered and adapted patterns many times. I forgot how soothing it can be to sew.

And this sewing time made me think about my closet and this concept of enough. I want to get back to a more mindful approach to my wardrobe. I am looking forward to this book and to making a few more items to add to my closet. Until then, I am planning to spend some time cleaning out my closet. Spring will be here before we know it. How wonderful to have a more mindful closet to welcome the new season.

Three Things for Thursday

I know most of my readers knit but I wonder how many of you like to sew. Sewing was my first love. My mom taught me to sew at the age of six and my first project was a red corduroy jumper (mom did the zipper). I made most of my own clothes through high school. I even had a sewing business for a few years. I haven’t wanted to write about my Make Nine because last year, I posted a 17 in 2017 list and proceeded to finish only two of the 17 items. But this weekend I get two extra days so I know I will get some sewing machine time.

  1. Planning to finish my Scout Tee this weekend;
  2. Thinking about ordering this book (thanks for the link Mary) because this is how I love to dress;
  3. Digging through my fabric stash to find a fabric to make a new skirt.

Be sure to visit Carole for more lovely lists.