I have seen some posts and watched some blogs this is my contribution on this subject.
I am almost 50, happily married to the same man for more than half my life and the mother to. Two grown up children who no longer live at home. I have more time to sew than I would ever have dreamed possible. I am thankful for my increased sewing time and resources. But life is never without challenges is one thing I have learnt. I probably have less need to sew than in the past but my desire to sew has in no way decreased. I love new challenges, new patterns, new techniques and my sewing world now is influenced and informed by the Instagram sewing community. I have learnt more in the last couple of years than in the last thirty because of this!
Here is my #smyly2018 garment that I made today:
Yes it’s a wild top, but I think it meets all the #smyly criteria!
It’s wild and unexpected! Probably not something that most people image someone my age would wear! To me this wild fabric just makes me smile and it represents my still wild fun loving soul! I really don’t care what others think I dress for me. Every morning I get out of bed and look forward to getting dressed for the day and dress very much in the way that brings a smile to my face! Recently I made my husband install a mirror in my walk in wardrobe for this purpose! Some days I days I do dress in a more subdued manner but most are more wild and colourful. I only where my me made clothes because these are the ones that make me the most happy. Not only do I love the feeling of wearing but I have memories of the whole process of bringing these clothes into being. The fabric in this top was found on a trip to Singapore last month, every time I wear this shirt I will be reminded of this trip with my friend Sandra. The pattern is a PDF pattern that I purchased in November during the thanksgiving sales from Hey June handmade called the SantaFe Top, I was attracted to this pattern because of its very feminine flowy shape which I felt would fill a gap in my wardrobe.
This wild top is not perfect (just like me). Twelve months ago I brought a Bernina coverstitch machine and I have to say this machine does take a bit of mastering. I resisted the urge to unpick and redo the coverstitching over the neckline binding that went a little wonky … no one will notice (apart from me). I have to keep telling myself to stop obsessing over the little details and just enjoy the whole picture. This is another way sewing really helps me maintain my balance in this world. My sewing more often then not fulfilled my need to create and finish something that I can be proud off. My work as a teacher by and large does not provide this sort of satisfaction. To be totally philosophical sewing and the experience, learning and sense of community provides a great template for life. It is a small model for life’s experiences lessons learned can be reapplied to the rest of your life. If I am being particularly shallow at the very least Sewing gives you great clothes!
Happy sewing everyone! If you haven’t yet maybe you want to now?