Today was rainy and seemed a perfect day for indoor activities such as starting a sewing project.
I have been collecting linen for clothes making and dove into my stash today. I am making a jacket design that I created by altering a tunic pattern I had. As I was doing some hand sewing I was reminded of a charming story told to me by a professional seamstress I worked for in Connecticut. I happen to cut my thread very long for hand sewing because I hate to stop to re-thread. My employer chided me when she saw me sewing, launching into her tale. This is my best remembrance of it:
A girl was told by her father that she was to marry a man she did not love. He was a tailor. She loved someone else who loved her and wanted to marry her. Her father told her that she could marry whomever could finish sewing a garment. He felt that he had won, because his choice was the tailor. The daughter’s only request was that she would be the one to cut the thread and thread the needles. So for the tailor she cut long, cumbersome threads that tangled and knotted. For her true love she cut each length of thread only as long as her outstretched hand to her heart.
And yes, you know the happy ending. Her lover finished the garment first, since the tailor had to struggle with the LONG threads!
I think of the story whenever my thread tangles! I have gotten a little better at cutting shorter threads. Today I really felt that I needed stronger reading glasses! Gray on gray gives me double vision!
I had my dear dog wanting to be near me as I sewed today.
I gave her a little towel to snooze on. She is my oldie.
My new tool for sewing is a bias tape maker, which I love. I made my own bias tape for the neckline. It is very easy, as you pull your strip through, ironing as it comes out. I love bias tape!
The fun finish was using a mish-mash of buttons from my collection. I would rather use a melange of different buttons than one uniform style. It looks more fun and adds more color to the finished piece. That way my garments seem to coordinate with more things.
My new Janome sewing machine has an easy button-hole maker, so making them was a breeze. I am so happy to have a new machine. The Singer machine that I had been using was about 30 years old and sounded like a tractor!
Thanks for stopping by today! ~ Karen