Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and while we have many things to be grateful for, a long weekend is not one of them since Howard has had the strange luck of being scheduled to work on virtually every long weekend for the last year and a half since we moved to this house. Hopefully that will change at some point in the future. I spent much of the weekend curled up on the couch by the fire reading or in the studio stitching. I finished the Vogue 8886 dress... sort of.
It turned out to be a wonderful - basic - highly useful - pattern for all the reasons I've already listed - cup sizing, princess seams, curvy style lines, a center back seam, and three-quarter sleeves. It fits like a dream especially in this gorgeous sweater knit - soft and cozy - except...
... right after I'd finished the hems and was putting it back on Millicent to take the pictures, I found this hole at the neckline. I'm not sure how it happened because but luckily, the neckline is high and I have enough binding fabric to re-cut it lower and redo the binding. I'm debating if I'll go considerably lower or slightly when I get to it. Right now, I'm ignoring it - VBG.
The skirt to cardigan refashion has been tickling at my brain long enough that I've pulled out the fabrics. It's next on the list of things I want to do only this week seems just as busy as last week and a smaller project might be better... say...
... fingerless gloves. I bought these at one of my favourite dress shops - South of Pine - with the intent of developing a pattern and making copies as gifts for friends. That was last year and I haven't gotten around to it, mainly because I didn't have the right fabric. When I cleaned my closet, I put aside a purple wool sweater to be felted and then a friend gave me a long, full, black wool coat. Both are perfect. Tomorrow, my friend Patti is going to teach me how to felt using a felting machine as well as a hand felting tool and use that information to - attempt - to duplicate the gloves. They have a simple shape so hopefully it won't be too difficult.
Activities we love fill us with energy even when we are physically exhausted. Activities we don't like can drain us in minutes, even if we approach them at our physical peak of fitness. This is one of the keys to the Element, and one of the primary reasons why finding the Element is vital for every person. When people place themselves in situations that lead to their being in the zone, they tap into a primal source of energy. They are literally more alive because of it. - page 93, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson
This posting refers to many activities I love - fitting a pattern, finding a pattern that flatters my figure type and matching it with a fabric that fits with my fashion personality, the challenge of refashioning, zero waste, learning new skills, copying RTW, sharing, writing, and developing patterns. These are elements of my element.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - I can fix the hole