On Monday, the first rainy day, I took on combining the clothes from the FL condo clean out with my wardrobe here in Baltimore. I took out all the "bottoms"....jeans, pants, capris, shorts, leggings, and skirts. Each one I tried on to see: does it fit? (I've lost weight this year so some things were just too big and not worth altering), was it flattering? (that nixed all but two pairs of capri pants since I have skirts that are cool and much more flattering for summer wear) did I wear it in the last two years? Turns out I have more LL Bean outdoor pants to wear than I really need. Three large bags and a half dozen suits and jackets on hangers left today for the Junior League resale shop.
Here's one lesson so far. A dozen or more years ago I thought I would be sewing a lot of art to wear items, particularly jackets. I know several wonderfully talented fabric artists in this area....Stephanie Goddard, Rae Cumbie, Nancy Schreiber....and have enjoyed classes with them tremendously. Turns out "artsy" is their style, but not mine, in any serious way. Nonetheless I purchased fabrics over the past years to make pieced, elaborate jackets...and of course, have either never made them or else don't regularly wear those that I have sewn. That's where today's sewing project started its life in my house.
|Hand painted59" panel from Mekong River Textiles|
|A better life as a dining room table runner in progress|
|Clever idea I saw to manage your binding while stitching it to the edge|
|Aren't those tulips glorious near this bright orange hydrant?|
|Look, raw edged tulips, just like some of my jacket trims!!|
|New River Birch cluster|