Saturday Zen.

Since Tim works Saturdays, I generally do as well. Today’s work though required a lot of thinking/brainstorming/strategizing and all that fun brain stuff that takes a lot of mental energy but not always a lot to show from it besides a list and a tentative plan.

So instead of staring at a blank screen waiting for inspiration to come, I picked up my shears and cut into my yummy pink ice cream cone fabric. I figured I might as well be doing something while pondering. 

Since sewing is so new to me, it’s not a brainless, mindless activity. I can’t go through the motions and let my mind wander. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t give me time to think, but it does mean that I don’t always get to think about what I planned to think about. Of course that’s what happened today. This isn’t a bad thing, though. I’ll have to work more this afternoon than I intended, but focusing on something physical and tangible allowed my brain to ponder another ponder that needed to be pondered. It worked.

I’ll be working more this afternoon than I intended, but as a bonus I now have a new tank, and solved a problem I’d been putting off solving. 

New tank stats…

  • Pattern: Colette Sorbetto (notice a pattern? I don’t have the interfacing to start my next dress)
  • Fabric: Andover Asbury Ice Cream Cones
  • Thoughts: This is everyone’s standard go-to quick project pattern, but even with an inch added to the bottom it was still too short for me. Next time I make it I’ll add at least 2 inches and maybe put a drawstring in the bottom hem to bubble it a bit.

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I also finished my other Sorbetto dress:

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This one is longer and less a-line than the first, and I took out the pleat that just looked a bit awkward on the dress. I’ll be retiring this pattern for a bit, since I’ve pretty much played it out, but have some odds and ends I need before I can start on my Christine Haynes’s Derby Dress.

For now, I’ll be taking a break, eating lunch on the roof in the sunshine, and taking a moment to breathe and relax before tackling the thinking I accidentally avoided earlier. Here’s to finding inspiration!