Work, Home, Family Time and the Boatbuilder’s Rule Has Not Prevented Fabric, Notions and Knitting Book Accumulation
Whew! Where does the time go? I have done some fantastic sewing in my mind, only in my mind. I’m sure every sewist knows what I’m talking about. I should stop dreaming about it and get back to it, remembering the boatbuilder’s rule about estimating time to accomplish any task: Do your best estimate, times that by 2 and add a half. That’s the boatbuilder’s rule and I had forgotten it when faced with the shutters.
We had to spend 2 days restoring the shutters so Sunday was a workday but at the home. On Monday I had to work at the company so no time at The Stitchery. Tuesday a family member parked their motor home in our driveway for a visit which was truncated early by our Wednesday afternoon departure for a furniture delivery in another state. We towed a 20′ trailer and delivered at the customer’s specified time, off-loading beautiful but heavy solid maple shelves, both stock and custom design. Fortunately we had dollies and six volunteers to help get the shelving up a hill steep hill to the classroom building.
The delivery trip took 3 days and on the way back we stopped at Waechter’s Silk Shop. I haven’t made anything new for me in quite a while and many tops are looking worn so I was looking for great quality fine printed cotton and silks so that the work I do in creating new blouses would be wearable for years.
The photos below are taken directly from Waechter’s great online site.
This is the major splurge: a Liberty cotton lawn that feels like silk. The colors will allow a blouse that will coordinate with many different pants and skirts although it is more “floral” than I usually choose. So, OK, I’m coloring outside the lines but sometimes that’s important to do.
I went looking for silks because they adapt so well to the ambient temperatures that often no second layer is required to be comfortable while working.
All of these fabrics are both lady-like and durable, my requirements for a working wardrobe.
It was terribly hard to avoid taking more home: fabulous cottons, fancy silks, wool suitings, all needing a good home…Sigh. If you have spent some time on the Waechter’s online store than you know the dilemma I faced!
The shop carries many indie patterns so I was able to eyeball the new Connie Crawford and Saf-T-Pockets patterns. Waechter’s had a sample made up of the skirt from Connie’s new “Pinwheel” pattern (B2130)and said that the pattern was technically perfect and easy to sew.
No sample of the Saf-T-Pockets top was available in the store but a sales team member said she had made the top and the neckline was great (I agree, it does look great). She also said she didn’t face the neckline per the pattern’s instructions but just finished the edges with a small hem. The gathered neckline insert joins the straight back neckline at the shoulders.
That’s one of the great things about visiting this shop: they have the fabrics in the store, the new patterns and many of them already paired up and hanging on display. The sales team wear their own fashions made from the shop’s goods as well. Lovely! A home sewist’s haven!
I also nabbed up two of the 9″ hex frames from Ghee’s for purses. Waechter’s had the most darling black and white tweed purse made up using these frames. I took the plunge as I love that the purse is opened and stays open until you shut it using these frames with no flaps to fiddle with.
Finally, one of the machine knitting lists I subscribe to has had a lively discussion of St John’s knits and Chanel-style suits this past week and one of the list members who also has had a machine knitting shop posted that she has books by David Miles in stock which give many of the St John’s patterns! Ah-ha! One is now winging it’s way to me.
My pursuit of fashion has not been hampered by all this preoccupation with duty. Whew!