Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Just because I wasn't reporting on the sewing, doesn't mean that sewing didn't happen. It's the best way I know to really "switch off" my brain.
Can anyone beat a 40(?)-year-old UFO? Just wondering if I'm the only crazy one who cannot stand seeing a project that isn't finished, even if it's not mine.
This one is my aunt's. She'll be 90 in a few months. I never knew her to sew. I remember her knitting, crocheting, embroidering - but never sewing. At some point she must have taken a sewing class, or at least began to take a sewing class. This blouse was all cut, marked - every seam line marked with carbon and tracing wheel - even mostly basted together by hand. (Every pattern piece has my aunt's name on it, which is why I assumed that she was in a class.) The copyright date on the pattern in 1970, so I'm assuming that all this work happened shortly after that date. Everything was stuffed into a bag, survived all these years and several long distance moves and ended up at my house a few years back. I promptly tossed it into a corner and forgot about it - until I was moving the sewing room. The fabric was still good. Seemed as though it would still fit. Why not put the blouse together?
Funny thing - when my mother took the blouse over, my aunt couldn't remember ever having started it.
Monday, September 5, 2011
This morning I bullied my way through that post on the house dress, determined not to let on about what's really happening in my life. Just now I sat down to scroll through some of the progress that others are making in their sewing, catching up on who's wearing what in September, and I realized that I really cannot concentrate on anything at the moment, much less leave comments, etc. My heart is crying, because my father passed away last night, and I'm finding it difficult to even type this - somehow, when you write something like this, it actually makes it real, and at the moment - reality stinks. So - I will do what I have to do, get through what needs to be done for the funeral, etc., and I apologize for not commenting and answering, though I will most probably be browsing on your blogs from time to time. My father suffered for a long time. He deserves to be at peace now, but somehow that doesn't make it any easier to accept the fact.
Another pattern that I actually managed to sew in the same year that I purchased it! Another DKNY that I thought would make an easy-breezy summer dress, having first seen other people's versions. It's been done for a while, a little bit of time lag before it was photographed, and then some more time lag before I managed to get around to this post. At some time I will get everything working in sync. Without further ado - my version of V1236.
Some of you are already into fall sewing, making lists of what to make. I still feel as though I'm playing "catch-up" with my summer sewing. May-be I'll just call what I make in the next while "transitional", and not worry too much, so long as I make some progress. My samples for sewing classes need to get done ASAP. When and how all will get done, I do not know, but it will.