FINALLY, I have decided to stop talking about sewing and just dive headlong into my first garment in DECADES: a blouse from a 1932 pattern (reproduced by Vintage Pattern Lending Library). I'm wild, really. I skipped over some more straight forward projects, like an apron or a simple curtain. Will probably regret my approach back into all this. Oh, well....by taking my time, I successfully marked and cut out the pattern, although the various tailors' chalks and waxes I bought don't seem to like the vintage feedsack material I've chosen (it won't show up on it unless I push really hard with the tracing wheel). I decided to get Hazel, my dress form, and pin some of the parts together to get a rough idea of where I'm going. I'm so excited, but nervous at the same time: this blouse has bust darts and requires me to do a bit of gathering at the waist. It's also got this front and back "belt," which looks fantastic in the finished version, but it sort of freaks me out. Anyway, my eyes are starting to cross, so I'm definitely not going to start sewing tonight, even though I've had so much tea I will probably just lie awake all night anyway. Better not push it. Sort of like with skiing--accidents happen when you push past fatigue. Maybe tomorrow... PS: Mom, does this look better than my famous attempt to turn an old sweater into a toque and mittens? Thank goodness no visual records of that debacle survive.
Music I'm Listening To:
Elliott Smith (what else is new?). Lately, I just can't get his song "Place Pigalle out of my headbut couldn't find it in an embeddable form, so here's a link ...) and below is an embedded
vid. for the OTHER E.S. song on repeat in my brain: "Pretty Mary K" (alternate version)