I was making lists, sorting fabrics, and looking through patterns while over-thinking clothes for the cruise. It's all so unknown, so exhausting, so enough. I needed to make a decision and I did. By putting together all the advice I'd received I have - finally - chosen fabrics, determined bottoms, tops, and outerwear, and started sewing.
And stalled. Who knew - definitely not me - how much fabric it takes to make a coat. There wasn't nearly enough of the black and silver fabric but I had three meters of a gorgeous, very tightly woven, stretch dupioni in purple that I thought would work... and it would have... as a windbreaker but not as a raincoat. When I poured on water, it spread quickly and went straight through to the surface below. That won't work.
We don't have rainwear fabric in town so I ordered the Storm Black Supplex from Marcy's site. I would have ordered it in purple if I'd know the exact shade only I loved the purple I had and would have been disappointed if the colour wasn't close so I opted for black. I have never in my life owned a raincoat. This will be a new experience and - after the cruise - I can use it in the spring and fall for walking Miss Chloe.
In the spirit of moving forward - and to avoid further dithering - I also made the decision to sew favorites, to use pretested patterns, and to make decisions based on what I would normally wear around home. I chose Vogue 8934 for the raincoat because I love the shape and the tucks and because I've already sewn a muslin. I'm adding the hood from McCall's 7058 to eliminate carrying an umbrella and I'll add zippers to the pockets in the side seams for keys and other stuff. Good. Done. Decision made.
This week, I plan to spend as much time as possible sewing in the studio. I've decided on a skirt, pants, tank top, and t-shirt from a black knit and on a skirt, pants, blouse, and sleeveless top from a blue woven. I'll add prints to this mix and work toward 3 cardigans, 1 coat, 5 bottom garments, and 7 upper garments. That's 16 garments with plenty of options. I know. For sure. Because when I went back to bed, I still didn't sleep. I ran wardrobe scenarios.
THANK YOU so much for all the advice. It has been invaluable. I've calmed down. I feel focused. I have a workable plan. The fabric selections have been made. I've started sewing. It's good.
AND... since you haven't seen any pictures recently... here are a few of my adorable, energetic, and incredibly curious grandson. Hmm... I wonder where he got that from - LOL. He needs a sitter for next Monday and it's Grandma to the rescue which means by the end of the week I'll be getting sweet baby hugs in person. YES YES
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - advice, energy, curiosity
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
- Walt Streightiff