AND... I sewed a nightgown - McCall's 2476 - lengthened. I've worn a t-shirt and pj pants for years only they're getting too loose and my hope is that a nightgown will help transition the weight loss more easily until I'm ready to sew PJ pants again... ones that I could walk around the house in... otherwise I'd wear tights.
The fabric is a light-weight brushed flannel in a pink and black plaid. It's very soft. That part is good. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure I look like a pink and black plaid battleship. Here she comes!!! Howard has promised to say something complimentary. Hmm... LOL... let's see how that goes.
Rather than use facings for the neckline, I cut a bias strip, serged it to the neck, pressed it up and over, turned under the raw edge, and slip stitched it in place. Hand stitching is over-kill for a nightgown IMHO except that I wanted the edge clean and neat and I didn't want top stitching.
For the hemline, I pinned together the side seams and aligned the bottoms and then used a small plate and chalk to create a curved edge. The cut went across the seam which meant...
... the ends were no longer back-stitched. I re-secured one side seam and opened the other so I could start there and serge a binding strip to the bottom. The seam allowance was pressed toward the garment and top stitched in place. In retrospect, I wish the band was narrower but it's good and enough and done.
When I cleaned the studio, the previous button shelf and one of the book shelves became storage for the paint and dye supplies. Ideally, they'd be in a laundry room next to a work surface and a water source. This is not ideal but it is doable. I plan to start painting yardage today. I want to...
... work with different themes like nature, circles, kitchen tools and so on to learn about mark making and I want to learn how to use stencils more effectively as Diane does in the video above. I know that if I learn to do by doing that eventually my hands will move with ease while my brain is bubbling with creativity. It's happened before. It can happen again. With paint.
For the past several days, my studies have centered on attitudes around growth. In his book Integrity, author Henry Cloud says that two things outside of ourselves are necessary for growth to occur. They are energy or a source of fuel and a template or a structure that shapes the energy in a particular direction. My coaching sessions with Diane are an energy source that moves me forward with my creative goals. She's very encouraging. The Weight Watcher's program is a structure that directs my weight loss goals. It tells me what to do and how.
In addition, Henry writes that you can always get a picture of people's drive to grow by looking at their calendar and their checkbook. If they are driven to grow, then they will spend those two valuable commodities on becoming more. So true.
Virtually every day I do something creative and have since my teens. Most mornings, I'm up at 5:30 to spend time in the studio before showering and going to journal. In the past, there have been times when I've sewn before work, during my lunch hour, after work, or in the evenings. While the time of day has shifted, making time has not. That's been true my entire adult life.
Studies show that how much time you spend each day is not nearly as critical as that you spend time. As little as ten minutes directed to our creativity is enough to keep us growing. I've heard a lot of reasons for why people think they can't spend time every day or how X or Y or Z has to happen first. Excuses do not move us forward. The time will not show up. It has to be made and it can be made, even with a husband, or children, or a job, or a busy schedule... if it's really important to you. For me, self care, the nurturing energy of the studio, and creative growth are really important. I make time.
Another consideration is that growth involves attempting to do something you are not yet able to do. I sewed the nightgown in one day. I am able to do that now because I've put in the time to learn how. Even the binding was easy because I've done binding numerous times. I've learned how. These are only two of the precedents that let me know that if I apply myself, go where I am not yet able, play with the paint and the stencils, and create a learning structure for myself, I will learn. YES YES
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - fun with a friend