Wasn't it Lao Tse who said "a journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step" or something like that? Now you know I'm more likely to quote Lana Turner than Lao Tse, but this statement resonates with me today.
I'm having a hard time getting started on my maternity project and poor Cathy, meanwhile, is blowing up like a pan of Jiffy Pop.
I don't have a sewing room, so any new project always involves a lot of moving stuff around, digging through old piles, and dusting every conceivable surface. My Singer 201, which I used for my jeans, still has my topstitching thread in it and I want to leave it as-is until I hem my jeans, which I hope to tackle later today or tomorrow. My treadle has a jeans needle in it and I'm too lazy to use a treadle on this project anyway.
So I thought I'd use one of my two featherweights and, for the first time, my featherweight table, the one I found in the trash and refinished last December. I have a sinking feeling I'm going to find that table a little too low, to be honest, but I'm trying to be open minded about it. Which is very Lao Tse, don't you think?
After choosing which machine I'm going to sew with, I have to make sure it's ready to sew -- that it doesn't need oiling, doesn't need a new needle, and has the correct color thread. Then I need to make some stitching samples to test thread and fabric together.
In the meanwhile, I have my pattern, Advance 8152, all cut and pressed flat. It had never been used before. But I still haven't decided which version of the blouse to make (one has a pleated front, a collar, and short sleeves; the other has a gathered front, a bow tie neck band, and is sleeveless. The pattern offers two different front pattern pieces; they didn't skimp back then.).
Readers, I'm also starting to obsess about my fabric choices and what to use where. I know I have to just make my decision and go for it. In fact, I shouldn't even be blogging right now, I should be sewing, but I'm procrastinating, not to mention I just completed three loads of laundry so I deserve a break. Then in an hour I'll have to walk those dogs again since Michael is still sick. So maybe I'll start sewing after that.
My plan right now is to make the blouse in the pink and white candy stripe, and the skirt and coat/duster in the oyster sateen, which I'll likely line in that slightly glazed-looking cotton floral print. I like the idea of a floral blouse but there's not enough contrast between it and the oyster cotton sateen, imo.
If you hold the sateen with the floral fabric under it up to the light, you can kind of see the print through it, but I don't think this should be a problem when worn. Rather than line the entire duster, maybe I'll just do the facings in the floral.
Meanwhile I'm thinking about contrast collars and cuffs and how those might coordinate with hats and shoes. You can't be careless about Fifties accessories, even when you're pregnant. (Luckily I have gloves in many lengths and colors.)
I think I need to take that first step, just like Lao Tse says. Or maybe it's the second step I need to take, since I did thread my featherweight already. Either way, I must start stepping!
Friends, do you ever have a hard time getting started -- especially those of you who sew in a space you share with others, or other activities? Does the thought of winding new bobbins and sewing stitch samples ever seem overwhelming? Are you able to snap out of it easily?
Let's say it together: Enough! I must get to work.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!