Yesterday, I made a phone call that I'd been looking forward to and wanted to go well. I set a timer to make sure I stopped painting in time to get ready for the call. I charged the phone. I changed out of my painting clothes, checked my hair and make-up, and put on jewelry so I felt prettier and more confident. I sat in a comfortable seat near a mirror to monitor my facial expressions and had a notepad and pen at hand, questions ready, and information to share. The call went well.
Often when I'm snoop shopping, the sales person will comment on what I'm wearing and when I say I sewed my outfit, I'll get some version of I wish I could sew. It seems to me that what they're really wishing for is a magic wand because if they wanted to sew, they'd sew. What they want is to sew really, really well... and that takes time and prep.
Making a bunch of insets is not as much fun as sewing an actual garment. Neither is sampling buttonholes or stitch patterns or thread colors or learning to sew an invisible zipper. These are the practice stages and they are what we do to be able to sew really, really well.
I have an aversion to the make it tonight, wear it tomorrow approach unless what you're making tonight and wearing tomorrow actually can be accomplished in an hour or so. Say a basic t-shirt. And that's fabulous because sewing a basic t-shirt really, really well is great prep for playing with variations on a theme. With that confidence and prep, next you can sew a not so basic t-shirt.
All the pictures in this posting are from my files. They've been there for a while so I doubt that any of the garments are still available but the inspiration is. I'm intrigued that pictures I had forgotten I'd kept will still prompt ideas and point me in positive directions. The first blouse and cardigan remind me of the Chopin blouse pattern I just bought from The Sewing Workshop. They are variations on that theme. There is a lot I can do with the idea of flared blouse. One of the things I love about sewing is that it's never ending.
When we identify what we really enjoy and then do the prep of getting really, really well at putting those parts and pieces together, is when we can take our creative clothing in new directions and there's an endless flow of new possibilities to explore. That's what inspires me to do what I need to do to do what I want to do.
Yesterday, I finished getting the room ready for my son to move back today and while he and his friends are busy moving furniture, I'm off to Revelstoke - two and half hours away - to visit my friend, Francine, who moved there last fall. We will chat, talk about our art, have lunch, visit the gallery and some boutiques, and tour the town on foot. I can't remember what length I hemmed the jeans at but if it's a comfortable walking length, I'll wear them and get her to take a picture for tomorrow because I definitely won't get any sewing done today.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a ready room
I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.
- Elizabeth T. King