My 100th post. I was going to do something special. I always have phenomenal plans ... and then ... Two months have zipped by and all I have to say is - life got a whole lot more interesting. My mother moved in. My daughter and I were just settling into life together, when my mother sold her house and moved in with us. This had been talked about theoretically. When it happened, it happened all too quickly. My daughter moved in with a suitcase and a few boxes - a fairly easy matter of sorting things out. My mother moved with almost the entire contents of her house. Thank goodness for large garages! I emptied, cleaned and painted one bedroom. Sewed new curtains. All of this happening at rather breakneck speed. Then the stuff started descending. I don't do well in chaos. Not well at all. To add insult to injury - my sewing room was the only place to stash my stuff that had to be cleared. More mess to deal with. My game plan is to deal with only one area at a time. Priorities had to be set. When I finally couldn't live without sewing at least something - I cleared the cutting table (large flat clear surface where it is so easy to set down a box or two or...) and enough space at the sewing machine to at least be able to some rather mundane stitching. I'll just keep on sorting and tossing and organizing a little at a time. I've now come to realize that this is not going to come to an end any time soon. My diplomatic skills are being stretched to their limits. There is finally a glimmer of hope that I will be able to get my car into the garage soon. Thank goodness that we haven't had any major snow as yet - I hate having to clean off my car in the mornings!
Ah, yes, sewing. That's what this blog is supposed to about - not about the trials and tribulations of everyday life. In September I made a skirt, cut two tops to go with. So far - the tops are somewhere... in pieces... I'll find them and sew them up eventually. The doublefaced wool coat that I started in the spring... also somewhere... need to clear some more space to be able to deal with it. Finished projects - yes, some things did get done start to finish before the "avalanche". A quick skirt for my daughter...
download that I used for my kooky skirt. I used a "suiting" fabric and I lined this. (DD is not a big fan of wearing slips.) A plain and simple addition to a wardrobe that is going to need some serious revamping.
I even managed something for me - modeled by Taya, here.
Kwik Sew 3543 that I used previously for my class samples. The pattern calls for polar fleece, which requires cutting out and no sewing. I had this cozy wool/mohair piece, which needed a little more work to bring it to a finished state. I added 1 inch on both sides to allow for hems. I fringed the hanging edges. (That really does make a mess!) And I fashioned a facing to finish off the cut-out in the middle. Now that the weather is really too cold for such attire out of doors, my plaid creation has moved to the computer desk, where it keeps me nice and toasty while I work.
In retrospect, it was not so brilliant a move to clear out my wardrobe as brutally as I did, given that sewing hasn't been happening at quite the anticipated rate. Guess I'll just keep on plugging along, doing the best I can under the circumstances. Moral of the story - never make serious plans!
Now that I've written this post, I feel that I can once again try to get back on track with reading blogs and commenting and being inspired by all the lovely things that everyone else makes.