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.



I also finished my other Sorbetto dress:


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!



The Lost Year

Oh, hey guys! Long time, no chat.

It’s a huge understatement to say I’ve been sufficiently busy for oh, the past year (yep, that sounds about right). In a nutshell: we moved into the new house, work has been a super fun and exciting non-stop wild ride, we added another puppy to the mix, and are nowhere near being able to stop and take a breath. And you know what? It’s GREAT.

As a side effect of my job, I’ve also been getting crafty. Which mostly means my stack of UFOs keeps growing while my stack of finished projects is essentially non-existent.

Until tonight.



That is called a FINISHED PROJECT my friends! It only took a month, but it’s finished!

The deets: Colette Sorbetto dress made out of Jay McCarroll Center City fabric. Mostly I’m really excited about the contrasting pockets and how it’s leaning toward the family of “mumu” which is my sweet spot. I have another less-mumu-y one in the works, but wanted to finish them in the order they were started.

So there you go. A year in review, but mostly insane handmade-pride.