I’m not sure where to start. January has been a mixed bag overshadowed by low mood and even lower motivation. It still feels like 2020, its slimy grip keeping us in a chokehold as it clings on for a third bout. I’m aware this sounds melodramatic but I think I can safely say we are all exhausted emotionally, mentally and physically. It feels like a real slog at the moment as we wait for brighter days and some semblance of freedom.
In amongst the monotony there have been personal highlights for me. Even though my sewjo seemingly deserted me for most of last year amid my mental health struggles i still managed to do some sewing. I finally finished my #sewvintageseptember make in January no less. Only 3+ months late. 😂 I had several issues with it along the way. I’m sure they all could have been prevented if I had been in a better state of mind but I am happy that I persevered and feel I learnt a lot along the way. The bright colours alone make me smile not to mention pattern matching that zip. Also worthy of note the zip wasn’t designed to be invisible. 😉 😊
I wasn’t sure about the big collar or the hot pink fabric i chose for it. However I may be a big collar convert. 🤔 The only real issue i still have with this piece are the sleeves. The picture depicted on the pattern shows them as a normal short sleeve but upon adding them to the garment they were long enough to reach my elbow and extremely tight to boot! I shortened the sleeves and tried variations and alterations until I could lift my arms easier. Its still not perfect especially when it comes to trying to remove the dress. Lol I’m in two minds whether to see if I have enough of the purple fabric left to create new sleeves. I may be musing over that decision for a while. 🤷♀️
Moving on into 2021 proper and as part of my quest for balance this year I decided to take myself back to basics and focus on simpler makes and honing my skill level more. First on the sewing table was the Threadcount illusion wrap top 1502, View B. A pattern my mom gave me many moons ago. She had meant to create it herself but never did. I completed it on her birthday before raising a glass to her. I think she would have liked it.
Its a beginner friendly pattern and I loved making it. Its only my second real venture into using stretch fabrics. The only other time I’ve sewn any form of stretch was my TATB Stella hoodie which I made using a stretch knit velour. Poor Arthur struggled to sew it and it shows in the stitching. 😬 Sewing with my new machine was much less stressful (sorry Arthur), and I found the instructions clear and concise. Overall I’m happy with it and hope to make another in the future.
I will be adding some small hand stitches in a couple of areas due to a shortage of fabric on the wrap pieces meaning the edges keep turning out as I move. That was a gamble on my part as I really wanted to use the vintage style rose jersey I bought from @rosysewsvintage during one of her destashes. It should be a simple fix and something I’ll keep in mind going forward.
In the coming months I plan to complete a few wip’s i have outstanding along with depleting my out of control alterations pile. It is seriously out of control, not even joking. 😳😆 I have a few ideas for new projects as well. But… 😉 all in good time my dears.
As we enter February I’m feeling hopeful. With the beginning of the month Imbolc heralds the return of spring and new beginnings. It brings to mind fresh pastels and blocks of colour shining through from the gloom and dark as crocuses and snowdrops rise from the earth. I celebrated the sabbat with a small rite, bringing together what I associate with the season.
They also work as a reminder to me to stay present and be mindful. To enjoy that which is around me and to be open to new possibilities and creative endeavours. Ideas are definitely flowing right now as my sewjo returns. The mindfulness is a work in progress but I’ll take it!
I feel there is much to come and I’m looking forward to the challenges and projects ahead. In the midst of the chaos around us, that glimmer of hope for good things to come is shining brighter every day. As I wrap this up i send Blessings to you all and may your sewjo burn bright and steady in the months ahead. 😘💞