What can I say? It just wasn’t a year for sewing. Despite acquiring a spanking new sewing machine, despite having loads of ideas, despite having a stash that holds many, many possibilities, I have done next to no actual sewing.
A lot of this is that I’ve been tired and stressed. This year has been a tough one at work, and personally. Sewing’s taken a back seat, because something had to. I know that moving into 2016, I need to be kind to myself. I hope that will mean I get the sewing love coming back.
One thing I have done this year, that should help with that, is enroll on a Garment Making & Pattern Cutting course. It’s one of the courses run by Surrey Adult Learning, so I get a staff discount! I’ve had to miss quite a few sessions because of work, though, so I guess it all evens itself out! It’s basic stuff, all about using a block, and how you can manipulate the darts to get the right fit, but I have found it really interesting, and it’s been good to learn how to do things the right way, and take my time with them. It’s been very soothing and mindful, which is just what I need.
I did do a bit of refashioning for Christmas. On a whim, while I was in Primark, doing my last minute shopping, I bought myself a long-sleeved t-shirt (£3.50), plus a set of bead bracelets (£1). The bracelet set consisted of about 8 sets of beads on elastic thread, of varying sizes, from 4mm diameter to tiny seed beads and bugle beads. So all I needed to do was snip the elastic and make sure I caught all the beads in a bowl, before they scattered all over the place!
Of course, I decided to do this on the 23rd December, on the night before I was going down to my sister’s for the Christmas festivities. And I totally forgot how long it takes to bead stuff, even when it’s relatively light beading. So I ended up staying up till about 5am…
It’s already given me ideas for cannibalising other jewellery to tart up my extensive range of cheap Primark t-shirts. So maybe you’ll be seeing more of these, if there’s anyone still reading!
And now, I think it’s time for a glass of prosecco. Cheers to all sewists/seamstresses/sewers, may 2016 bring you all you could wish for yourselves.