I did not abandon my blog, it was just set aside for a while because I didn’t have enough time for it. But with my recent retirement (!!) from the 9-5 working world I am now free to pursue my creative projects every day. YIPPEE!!
I know it’s pretty unusual to retire so young (I’m 53), but I have so many creative interests I have not been bored even one minute. 🙂
It’s been 10 months since I sold my NYC Midtown co-op, quit my job at Gap, Inc., and moved to Philadelphia to spend my days goofing off and being creative.
So, you may ask, what have you been creating? Here’s the short list:
(1) I finally finished making the pair of shoes that I started 2 years ago. They ended up having too large of an opening for the foot at the top, but I did wear them outside once.
I learned that leather stretches a LOT when you last the upper, which meant I pulled a bunch of the shoe’s front section under the sole when I was fitting in on the last. (I was supposed to have a lot more of the cream colored portion showing at the toe.) Now I know I need to compensate for the stretchiness of the leather next time.
(2) I’ve been pattern making regularly so I now have a shorts pattern, 5 top patterns, and I even made a set of slopers for a nearby boutique (so they can have a consistent fit in the styles they design for the shop).
(3) I made a bunch of different tops and a dress, in both knit and woven fabrics. Here are some of the finished products (L: ruffle trims at sleeve and neckline, made in a ponte fabric, C: woven fabric for the body and ponte knit for the bottom band trim, R: woven fabric with binding along neckline and armholes, with knife-pleat bottom trim):
I’ve been trying to determine whether I want an industrial sewing machine or not. I had an incredible top-of-the-line Elna for 20+ years but when it died I bought a Brother SE-400 Embroidery/Sewing machine, rather than another high-end machine. The Brother is nice, but it’s no Elna! It just doesn’t sew as smoothly, and I loved the Elna’s ability to move the needle into any of 5 positions. I think that was one of my favorite features. I don’t really need the embroidery features and I mostly use the straight stitch and an occasional zig-zag, but I’d like to find another machine that just hums when it’s sewing, like my Elna did.
My goal will be to post here once a week from now on, possibly more if I’m working on a fun project that inspires me to share even more.
Chat again soon,