I’ve had trouble writing posts lately. I realized today I’m feeling entirely deflated by the political climate, both here in Ontario and abroad. Once upon a time I naively thought that political processes in my part of the world could, for the most part, be conducted with reason and civility, with evidence at the heart of decision-making. How quickly that changed. Anyway, I’m not here to discuss politics, but I’m having a hard time writing about sewing. (Maybe it’s because I’ve diverted so much of my writing time to writing letters to various Ministers and Members of Provincial Parliament.) I thought maybe just focusing on some of the many things I have to be grateful for — along with pics and a few comments about my Aster top from Colette — might help me get started. So here goes.
I’m grateful I know how to sew! Sewing is a superpower. I amaze myself as well as others with this superpower! It’s a great creative outlet, and creativity is a way to feel empowered in a world that can sometimes seem like its purpose is to make us feel helpless and defeated.
I’m grateful for the sewing community! In a sea of troll-infested internet waters, the sewing community is a tropical paradise island. The fabric I used for this blouse was a purchase I made at Mood in Los Angeles when I met my very good sewing friend Helena for the first time in person. How wonderful it is to forge friendships with people near and far over this shared passion of ours.
Speaking of online friendships, please send our Clothes Making Mavens contributor Barbara Emodi some good vibes — her daughter was recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder. I’m grateful to know Barbara and to read about her positivity and belief in the strength of her family in the face of adversity.
On an upcoming podcast episode, Barbara gives me some tips on making a bias tape-faced neckline lie flat. I had some problems with this neckline laying flat, and had to take a couple of tucks in at the shoulder seam to get it to behave. Now that I look back at the pattern photos, I can see that this was even a bit of a problem on one of their sample garments! I found the neckline to be almost too wide. However, I did read an online review from someone who had sewn a larger size than I did who found the neckline smaller than it looked in the pattern photos. So maybe Colette didn’t do a great job of scaling the neckline to be proportional to individual sizes. Aster sewists beware.
I ended up with some unfinished bit of bias tape on the inside of the neckline, because the instructions tell you to sew it on, leaving 1/2 an inch extra at each end. These ends are *supposed* to be tucked into the button band facings afterwards. But since the pattern does not come with a marking to indicate where exactly to fold over the button facings, I took a guess and made them too narrow. So I couldn’t catch my bias ends underneath. Aster sewists beware.
I’m writing this on the last official weekend of the summer, which has graced Toronto with lots of heat and sun to enjoy. And I’ve spent the weekend in the company of good friends who fill my spiritual tank with joy and pump up the mercury on my well-being meter. I’m full of gratitude for this!
I taught my first few classes of the new academic year in the last couple of weeks, and I’m so happy to have a job that I *adore*, mentoring young storytellers in the art and craft of producing media. Livin’ the dream, people, livin’ the dream! Loads of gratitude over here.
A last comment about the Aster: the sleeves are very narrow. I had to let out the seam allowance for some breathing space, even on my puny little pipe-cleaner arms. Aster sewists beware.
You know what else I’m grateful for? Grey and pink colour schemes. Perfectly matching buttons, discovered after scrounging around in an incomprehensibly-stuffed button store. Little dots that look pixel-like, which resolve into a cool, stylized floral print. Yipee!
And I’m also grateful that you stopped by to read what I have to say and have a look at my new make. I’m grateful you’re there. Thanks!