I am truly just beginning to sew, so anyone who reads my posts can be assured that the sewing posts will not intimidate. I will try not to hide my mistakes and my penchant for attaching things backwards. There are a million wonderful sewing blogs and books where you can see simple or complicated projects completed to perfection. I cannot offer that, but I will try to share some of my beginner enthusiasm and maybe a reader will decide to dust off their machine and join the fun.
Five yards of organic cotton lavender interlock are washed and fresh from the dryer. I think it is always the potential that I love the most about a project. When the fabric is fresh from the wash and still uncut, it can be anything at all. For farmers, this is the stage when the seed packages are bulging in containers, and seedlings filling trays, but the ground is still too cold to plant. It is still too early in the season to have any regrets or to have discovered too many mistakes.
I don’t have specific plans for the fabric beyond a couple dresses for my one year old which will use small fraction of the material. But I do hope to use my new ruffler sewing foot. Next to a regular sewing foot, it looks like a monster – complete with teeth, snapping metal parts and lots of complicated engineering. I hope I can make it behave.
My sewing habit started just a few months ago and the truth is, I actually have very little time to sew. Most of my sewing obsession has happened in my head, reading books while nursing or rocking my baby to sleep. I have had precious little time to actually sew. And since caring for my young children comes first, when I do sew I am always moments from an interruption.
There is so much to learn at the very beginning of a brand new basic skill, like sewing. There are beautiful and strange new words – like weft, warp, selvedge, bias, jacquard,silk duiponi and new lingo and acronyms. I jumped in, possibly a little too fast. I joined online fabric coops, and saw what the professionals are doing and got dizzy staring at pretty prints.
I was mostly interested in increasing my supply of cloth diapers and I wanted to use lovely organic cotton fabrics and natural wool covers. I would have thought that this entry into sewing would be pretty unique but it turns out there are tons of moms all over the world doing the same thing and already organized into buying cooperatives and discussion groups on the internet. They share free patterns and advice. Since I don’t know anyone in my actual life that would have any interest in joining me for an in depth conversation sewing diapers, these groups were amazing.
There, you are pretty much caught up on why I am folding lavender interlock while my family is asleep upstairs. My diaper collection is pretty complete for the moment and I am ready to branch into new projects. But tonight, I wrote this post instead of starting a project. It is nearly midnight so I will go sleep with that wonderful sense of potential — 5 yards of fabric could become almost anything at all. Any suggestions? What would you make?