by Mary Boalt
How many of you have unlimited time to sew? How do you make time for it? From what activity do you steal time? How would you finish this statement, “I would get more sewing done if…”? I would get more sewing done if I hadn’t been training for a race. My husband and I signed up for the Wharf to Wharf, a 10K held every year in July. Nearly 17,000 people run from the boardwalk in Santa Cruz to Capitola. This is the third year we’ve completed it. Without collapsing. Still fully conscious. Able to speak and recognize our surroundings. I was especially grateful to finish since I fractured my ankle last year and wasn’t able to participate. So I was determined to do well this year and not embarrass myself. I did well. For an old person. With a pair of bad ankles.
Enough of the training. Now for the real deal. We all crossed the finish line within minutes of each other. Will I do it again? I wondered that very thought during the last mile with each and every painful, pounding step!
Now, about that leopard fanny pack. I’m really picky about how I carry all my gear. After searching for the perfect one, I decided to make my own. I could include just the features I needed. The fabric was given to me and is the perfect weight. It may not be the most athletic looking piece of equipment but I love it and it’s so comfortable. I understood if my friends might not want to be seen near me. But then there was the guy in the banana suit. And the pack of men all wearing tutus. They made a leopard fanny pack look mild.
And now for a few odds and ends that I managed to squeeze in this summer. The first is from Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 9193. The fabric is a linen from the Crate and Barrel outlet store in Berkeley. I did some handstitching around the neckline, armholes, dropped waist seam and the vertical seam where the selvedge edge of the fabric is inserted. This lightweight top is so comfortable on a hot day and I love that pocket in front.
This skirt was made from a lightweight crinkle cotton that was sold as a drapery panel at Cost Plus World Market. They package these panels in a little matching bag. So cute! I washed and dried it. Ironed it. Cut it out and sewed it and then “recrinkled” it. I’m thinking the necktie necklace goes well with it.
The Grass Valley wearable art group is having a summer challenge. The instructions are to make something from dish towels or incorporate bias tape in the project. I chose these oh so soft cotton dish towels that I found at Target last year. Four were needed to make Marcy Tilton’s Vogue 9153. I chose to put the gathered seam on both sides. You can draw them up and button them or leave them flat with the drawstrings poking out. There are red toggle buttons with loop closures and the tiniest red piping down the front edge. I’m thinking of painting some teeny tiny red polka dots on this…….hmmmmm? Opinions?
This shirt pattern is from Tessuti Fabrics from Australia. It is the Helga Shirt. They provide a heavy duty paper pattern along with a lovely booklet with step by step color photos. The instructions are very clear and make up into a well finished garment kind of like The Sewing Workshop. The fabric is from Fine Fabrics of Santa Barbara. It’s a textured cotton with small bits of metallic. It’s part of my effort to break away from an entirely black wardrobe. The ceramic buttons were found in the bead department at JoAnn’s on the wall with the strung beads.
And now a sneak peak at my new “grunge” bags. These are made from painted canvas. My students at the Zephyr retreat in September will be designing their own canvasses from stencils, stamps and silk screens. If you were on the fence about attending, there are still a couple of spots left!
The supplies for the retreat are being delivered almost everyday. The UPS man could barely get the box of paint from his van to my foyer. Boxes of goodies are being made up for my students with everything they will need. I’m having a blast bundling these up in anticipation of creating and playing together.
I hope you all are making/stealing/borrowing time for your passions. I’ll post again after the retreat since I know I will come home inspired by our students. I can’t wait!
A huge thanks to my friend and her husband for the use of their gorgeous garden. Have you found the giraffe in the pictures yet?