Of course I am feeling a little tired and flat - that is to be expected, but I am slowly picking up the sewing again. I had planned to make a second black and white t-shirt for the March Make a Garment a Month Challenge. I'll cut this tonight. The fabric is in the centre of the picture above.
This year I decided to learn to sew knits, so I have pulled out two pieces of pre-shrunk jersey in berry and purple - these colours seem to be in at the moment. I'm not influenced by the colours being on trend - they happen to be colours that suit me, so it makes sense to wear them, in fashion or not :).
My DH is very nice and while grateful to me for helping sort things out, feels a little upset too. So when I said I thought some stash therapy would not go astray, he said, get as much as you like. I didn't quite do that - mainly because our local store, good old Spotlight, doesn't have an inspiring selection of fabrics.
I did find some knits that were on sale - and as knits are my current learning project in sewing, I purchased some of these. They were job lots, and Spotlight has no idea what they are - so they label them Polyester and Nylon. Well, I could tell by the feel that the knits I purchased were not as labelled. A burn test at home revealed that they had a natural fibre in the content. So I was pleased with my astute awareness of textile content - feel alone can tell you quite a bit about the content. A natural fibre will always feel a little warmer after holding it in your hand for a while. Synthetics don't.
*****I had a lovely little desk delivered to my home recently - it was in one of the rooms at the building where the practice used to be. A lovely oak desk.
I'm thrilled, because now I have a place to lay out patterns, do drawing or tracing, and cutting out - and I can leave it there. This is a vast improvement on trying to clear things away off the big table so we can eat :). The drawers are an added bonus - places to keep pens, glue, rulers and all sorts of miscellany.
And this is a view into my sewing space - we live in an old house, with a nice wide passage that has serves no purpose. It used to have archives stored in it, but I wondered why they had the good light and why I didn't. So the archives were relocated and I adopted the passage. It's cosy and absolutely filled with sewing paraphanalia. While I love some of the wonderful studios that some sewers have, I'm just grateful to have a nice dedicated space that I can call my sewing own.
Do you have a sewing space of your own? If not, how do you make a little space to sew? Some people have fold up tables and cupboards, some sew on the kitchen table. What amazes me is that we sewers always find a way to sew, whatever the constraints.
Do look after yourselves, wherever you are,