The kids are back in school. My mom flew home after an absolutely wonderful week. I’m on my own again for the first time in months. Miracle of miracles – I have only one deadline coming up and it’s not until mid-October. I think. I’d probably better double check on that.
So for the first time in years I’ve been thinking about sewing clothes. Just for fun. I have a collection of vintage sari’s that I ordered from India off of Ebay. I kind of really love Ebay. These came smelling like woodsmoke. It brought me up short for a minute – bringing home the fact that in many parts of the world life isn’t nearly as convenient as it is for us with our easy electricity. Take a second to think how easy our lives are because of everything that happens around one of those little electrical outlets. Whew.
The Sari’s are fine after a little trip through the wash. I always wash all my cloth before sewing with it – even wool and silk. Then after the thing is made I might hand wash and lay it to dry but if it can handle a regular wash before it is made then it will be fine afterwards.
There are a couple of spots where a little bit of the stitching came out of the hand embroidered piece (isn’t it gorgeous) but I can repair or work around those as I wish.
As is my usual mode of operation, I think for a long time before I begin. It’s my favorite part of the creative process. This time I’ve pulled out a bunch of patterns – they are all just a beginning. I almost never sew clothes without messing around with the design and the pattern.
I also went up to the attic and rummaged through all of my bins, pulling out all the neutrals. Cooking up some fun ideas for these as well. I keep thinking it would be wonderful to play around this year and actually USE UP some of the stuff that’s been sitting up there forever.