Hi everyone! How have you been doing?
Me?… Well… It has been a rollercoaster of emotions lately… particularly these last two weeks… and particularly today!!…
A few weeks ago, one of my favourite pattern designers challenged me and the rest of her testers to sew a specific pattern: a faux wrap flounce skirt now named “Carmen”. I loved the design. Like all Ann’s patterns (yes… from Designer Stitch… so what else is new?? Just try her patterns and you’ll see…), it had a twist, something that made it different. So, I immediately jumped on board.
Started to check for the inspirational board on Pinterest… checked fabrics… checked Pinterest again… and again… til I saw no other option but to sew one specific fabric… the last one that my mother had bought before she died… This pattern screamed for this drapey silky cotton fabric! Check my mom’s fabric here!
“Carmen” is really fast to sew. At first, when looking at the pattern, I thought I had bitten more than I could chew and that I was going to need the rest of the tester’s help or Ann’s… but, no! It’s an easy, fast to sew pattern for both woven and knit fabrics and this, to me, makes it even more appealing. Two lengths (short and long), three waistbands and a modesty pannel to keep your sassyness private!
As always it’s a multi-sized pattern that will surprise you because it will look good on all your curves. Check the pattern and some testers photos here
Now… as for my mother’s fabric…
I knew it would be hard for me to sew it, but I also knew I had to do it. So, I spent a week crying… I cried when cutting the fabric, I cried when sewing the skirt… and when I thought there were no more tears… I cried some more! I washed my soul… and I’m pretty sure my mother would be proud of me. I was honoured for still having that fabric with me… but my husband couldn’t understand… if it was making me cry, why did I keep on sewing?? And this lead me to this post: WHY DO WE SEW?
To me, it has always been a kind of therapy… sometimes it kicks the adrenalin in, sometimes it helps me to relax and sometimes… sometimes it allows me to let it all out… My mother would be 63 years old today!!… I miss her… my best friend… Love you mom!!
What about you? Why do you sew? What makes you… get ready… set… sew!?