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  • The Agony of Defeat

    I hate to buy clothes, and I rarely do any more. But, I really need new pants, and every pair I tried to make in the past few weeks has been a complete fail!  So, this morning I went online and ordered two new pairs from J Crew. They are "Talls" and on sale, but still, I feel defeated.

    In case you think I don't need pants at this time of year because spring is In case you think I don't need pants at this time of year because spring is "just around the corner," take a look at my driveway this morning....

    Here is my tale of woe: I was finishing up some gorgeous black wool crepe pants this morning....almost done...they fit great....just serging the edges....and, I accidentally swerved and serged diagonally through one leg. Don't ask me how I did it. I don't know. But, I can admit defeat.  I am not going to try to make any of the pants in my queue for awhile. Must take a break!

    Nice and neat napkins! Nice and neat napkins!

     

    While I recovered from my serger fiasco, I perused the blog posts I "hearted" last week. One was from Madalynne, called Grain Perfection. She tells the story of Edna Bishop, a famous sewing figure of the 1950's, requiring her students to "cut out" a garment by only ripping the fabric to make sure it was on-grain. This gorgeous quilting cotton with a William Morris-type print was a perfect candidate for the ripping method of "grain perfection." After a few purposeful rips, I felt much better, and I had "cut out" six napkins. I hemmed the edges, mitered the corners, and felt my sewing mojo return. Phew. 

    Proof that I can still sew. I will be teaching a class on sewing this McCall's 6513 in Missoula in April. The fabric is a tissue-weight stretch wool from Selvedge Studio.  I can only show it to you on the hanger because it's a size 6, and I'm not. :) Proof that I can still sew. I will be teaching a class on sewing this McCall's 6513 in Missoula in April. The fabric is a tissue-weight stretch wool from Selvedge Studio.  I can only show it to you on the hanger because it's a size 6, and I'm not. :)

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