Readers, remember that famous scene in Mark Twain's classic, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," when Tom's Aunt Polly wants Tom to whitewash the picket fence and clever Tom gets the other neighborhood boys to do it by pretending it's the most fun thing in the world?
OMG, that's what I did yesterday with friend and fellow blogger, Suzanne, and she totally fell for it!
I met Suzanne in the Garment District yesterday and, over a light lunch at Pret A Manger, I managed to lure her back to my cluttered apartment with promises of demonstrating some of my vintage sewing machines. No sooner were we at my place than I got to work -- or rather, she did. No doubt many of you have seen photographs of Suzanne's pristine apartment, which she shares with her husband and daughter, on her lovely blog, Beau Baby. Why should I be the only one whose house looks like the set of Sanford & Son?
By the time Suzanne left a few hours later, she was carting home a healthy portion of my fabric stash and my most recently acquired Singer Featherweight -- I can find room for three of those little straight stitchers but the fourth was totally in the way. Let her dust and oil it!
I am pretty sure if Suzanne hadn't been traveling home by subway, I could have decluttered onto her quite a bit more. She might even be open to taking a couple of chihuahuas off my hands as they all definitely bonded, but that will take a little more convincing on my part. Still, the seed has been planted. (Maybe a long vacation in the Bronx?)
BTW, I showed Suzanne my recently purchased Mood fabric for my upcoming jacket project and I'm pretty sure by the look in her eyes that her first thought was shower curtain. She was extremely tactful and supportive, however; she's Canadian.
Oh, before I forget, look at all the vintage notions I picked up
yesterday morning at the flea market -- oodles of bias tape, buttons,
elastic (new), and an unopened roll of black silk satin ribbon -- 48
yards! The whole kid and kaboodle just $7. But I digress.
In closing, friends, considering what people pay for storage these days, I'd say I have a pretty good thing going with Suzanne. Now who else do I know with roomy closets and lots of clean surfaces...?
Thank you, Mark Twain, for the inspiration -- and thank you, Suzanne!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!