Sew Paradise


I found the gray leather I cut off the too-long buttery soft leather skirt a friend gave me, and used the edges (which were doubled and stitched both sides) of the hem for the handles on the Homage tote. I also wonder-tape based the zipper in, but that’s as far as I got before the machines got packed up. Tomorrow they’re on their way to the new house, Saturday the cabinet and the machines are reunited and maybe by NEXT saturday, I’ll be sewing!

I browsed Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross at the bookstore and fell in love with a lot of the items. But some online reviews turned me off – saying the patterns were poorly drafted and instructions were incorrect. But I don’t need the patterns, I’d draft my own anyway, or use what I had. One, the model walking down a dock in a navy blue long dress, sleeveless with elasticated waist, and gathered skirt band on the (mid calf) hem was almost the same as a Burda WoF from several years back (the ‘white’ summer issue). Have to be digging that Burda out yet this summer.

Anyway, what I liked best was the juxtaposition of the model’s auburn hair, tied in a casual bun, her fair skin, the navy dress and her sassy brown wedges.  So I decided tomorrow, a dress, with MY sassy brown wedges, my auburn hair in a casual bun, and a casual dress – the yellow print maxi dress belted so it sits at mid-calf. I’ll have to wear a jacket over it at the office (strapless isn’t really office-wear), but come the trip to the new house to get the new keys, I’ll fling it aside and gleefully embrace summer in my new house.

The new sewing space is delightful. A western-facing sunny room with hardwood floors, and shared with a futon, a traditional wool rug, my daughter’s toys, books and kiddie table & chairs. French doors leading to my dining room. A room amongst the bustle of the house, to live, to love and to sew in. I will store my fabric in a cabinet downstairs in the basement (in plastic bins), and my dress form will probably hang out in the front hall closet. But I’ll have a place to sew with my little girl.

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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