sewing for the home
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.
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!
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.