Happy Fourth of July!
Are you getting the urge to sew something – anything – this summer? Heed these words from an old sewing book I own: “…. a seamstress will sew with the urgency with which an artist paints…”
In my last blog post, I mentioned that another blog post will be unlikely to appear for another 2-3 months. True, that. I did not anticipate sitting down to sew, let alone write a post about it. My mom had just passed on, and almost 2 months later my daughter’s wedding reception was to take place.
As it turns out, I did sew in those two months, leaving me with the sense that no matter what the circumstances, a sewing enthusiast will take up a needle/thread/sewing machine/fabric, given the smallest opportunity.
I made these three projects in improvised locations around the house (sewing room being dismantled to make room for visiting family), on a mechanical Bernette sewing machine. Not the ideal set-up, but…….
I managed to dress this window in these here curtains so the anticipated wedding guests have some privacy. I think they’re adorable! The fabric is quilting cotton, purchased only because of the awesome print; I lined them with, wait for it — lace!! Why lace? Because I had it; fortunately it worked out perfectly. Between the quilting cotton and the cheap polyester lace, the curtains are thick enough for privacy. Of course, I also indulged in my newfound love of plastic grommets to thread the curtain through a spring rod (manufactured as a shower rod).
2. Pillow covers:
Long hoarded tie-dyed pieces made by one of my daughters as a school art project decades ago, became these fab pillow covers this year. The blue/white cotton pillow-back was also a stash piece; I think the sewing stars just about aligned here. The pillow coordinated with some pretty storage bins in this room. (This guest room sported unintentional sewing décor).
This deserves an entire blog post; in short I managed to make this silk brocade blouse (lined) to wear with my grandma’s sari. The blouse is beautiful! But as it turned out I had to go to plan B because my grandma, bless her soul, had spilled food on her sari a lifetime ago. I’m glad I finished the blouse, although it was not worn.
So, there you have it. All of the above projects were made just because I had to sew something — anything.
There is no stopping the “urge to sew”. Do you agree?
Have a great Independence Day!