Readers, do you ever finish a project and have no idea what to sew next? Maybe you feel tired or even a little burnt out? If so, you may be suffering from a case of the Sewing "Now whats?"
I know I am.
See that men's pattern up top? It happens to be in my stash, and while it's not a designer pattern per se, isn't it basically the same thing as this -- minus the pants?
OK, I see there's no button placket on the Simplicity pattern, but goodness, I could draft that. Do I need to spend the $10 on a pattern just because it says Halston on it? Of course not. Yes, it would be more fun to be able to say, This is a Halston, but how much more fun, readers?
I'd like to sew something for ME for a change (some of my male readers get impatient if I only sew for Cathy and who can blame them) but I don't want to sew something I'm not going to wear. Unlike my cousin, I won't wear vintage looks or anything too kooky. I'm conservative (relatively speaking).
In a similar Seventies/Halston vein, I was admiring this Butterick pattern, if only because the pants remind me of that classic from my youth (though I never owned a pair), Ocean Pacific corduroy shorts. Remember those?
Why do I hear James Taylor songs every time I see those shorts -- and visualize a young Kris Kristofferson in a canoe?
Of course I have other patterns that have that topstitched patch pocket, so I don't need the pattern in this case either. It's almost exactly like the pocket on my Sixties jumpsuit pattern.
I'm trying not to buy so many patterns, especially because I just purchased what's in this box (which happened to have been delivered at this very moment). More about that in the days ahead.
There are a few new patterns in my Etsy "Favorites" file, including these two vintage Vogues that practically scream "You're gonna make it after all..."
But I'm trying to resist and I hope you will help me, if only through prayer or gifts, if you happen to have them in a size 14.
I'm going to see if I can wrangle some Ultrasuede out of the brand manager of Toray Ultrasuede (the company that manufactures the stuff). I mean, he offered me some in his comments yesterday, didn't he? I don't think he realizes that I'm the type of person who, when you say, We should have lunch sometime, am calling the next day to make the date. I take things literally.
Friends, that's all the stream of consciousness I have the energy for today. I must open my box.
In closing, do you ever suffer from the Sewing "Now Whats?"? How long does it usually last and does it just go away by itself or do you take something for it?
Maybe I need to dig through my virtual pattern stash and see what catches my eye -- you can join me here (for men's patterns) and here (from women's). Anything look like fun?
Have a great day everybody and if you're suffering from the "Now Whats?" my condolences. This too shall pass.
UPDATE: Straight from the "You're Not Gonna Believe This" file, model Karen Bjornson (a Halston favorite featured in the group photo I posted yesterday), just emailed me a link to this Halston profile from 1982 on YouTube. Worth watching -- it's wonderful.
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