Since the only two things that I absolutely have to do today are clean house and make dinner for the "boys", I didn't bother with the alarm and slept until I woke up. It's so lovely to do that every once in a while.
My sleep wardrobe desperately needs some attention. I've mentioned it a few times but I don't seem to get to actually doing something about it - until yesterday. I cut out a pair of pajama pants from this purple with black, cotton, zebra print. Look at the paper pattern. That's not something I do any more, use the actual pattern. I trace everything. I've been sewing this pattern for so long it's from back in the dinosaur days of sewing - VBG. This time - knowing what I now know about my body - I cut the front a size smaller than the back and shaved an inch off the top casing to sew the elastic in differently. Progress.
The pattern is McCall's 3445 which is out of print. No surprise there. McCall's 4979 seems like an updated alternative with shaping through the pant leg.
I sewed on the new Pfaff. Look at where the stitching guide is - way behind the needle. When I called Charlene at the shop, she said oh, but there are a 10 and a 20 metric marking further forward. I have to say it took me forever to see those. I'm not twenty. My eyes have to work harder than that and those lines are much clearer in this image than they are with purple zebra print sliding over them plus... I don't sew in metric. That and no reverse in zigzag are enough to drive me crazy... which is why... it's going back.
One thing I like about dealing with this particular shop is my relationship with the owner. We've been talking sewing together for over thirty years. We trust each other. The other is their policy around machines. When you buy a machine, you have a year to exchange it at the same value for any reason. Say, you hate the stitch guide...
When we talked, I told her I wanted a non-computerized, solid, preferably metal, basic machine, without bells and whistles. Something like this Janome that looks a lot like my Bernina. I don't need fancy tricks. I need a great straight stitch, an adjustable and reversible zigzag, a fabulous satin stitch, a professional looking button hole, good free motion tension, and an adjustable needle position. That's all.
I'm the same way with cars, computers, cell phones, appliances, just about anything. I don't need two million flavors of toothpaste. Just one that works. Apparently, I'm a dinosaur. EVERYONE wants bells and whistles. Not - LOL. Make it simple. Make it work. She's going to call me when she gets back from the fall show because there's a new model coming out that might be what I'm looking for. I have until November to exchange this one.
I've decided not to do too much sewing this week. Although, I'm feeling somewhat better, I'm not feeling fabulous and I don't want to push things so I'll do a bit but not a lot. I had a headache yesterday but - mostly - wasn't shaking. When it started, I stopped sewing and went outside and read Super Immunity, the book that Alexandra recommended. They had it at Chapters. I'll read it while waiting for Pamela's recommendation to arrive - Solving The Puzzle of Your Hard-To-Raise Child. Luckily, there was a seller in British Columbia that had a used copy so it shouldn't be too long getting here.
I realized reading Super Immunity that this is the same author - and probably a similar program - as the book Eat To Live that Shams of Communing with Fabric mentioned in her posting Weight Loss And Health where she shared her successful journey. If you haven't read that posting, it's quite inspiring. For me, weight loss would be a welcome bonus but it's all about my over reaction to foods and smells PLUS... not being able to sew is a highly motivating factor for making significant changes.
Another reason I'm not going to sew so much this week is because next week my friend Caroline is coming for five days. The boys are heading off on their yearly retreat and Caroline and I plan to spend the entire week in the studio sewing our hearts out and talking out the "stuff" of our lives. She was recently diagnosed with extensive allergies. I'm not surprised. We're the same age and this seems to be happening with greater frequency to women I know. All my issues have come with hormone shifts.
THANK YOU so much for the support and encouragement yesterday. I really Really REALLY appreciated it. Dealing with something like this can feel very isolating and lonely. The comments made it feel significantly less so. I'm thankful.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - book recommendations, shared advice, support