Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Counting My Blessings...Most of the Time

Hey there. Hope everyone is hanging in there during this stressful and scary time. I was just re-reading my last post and noting how much more positive I was in mid-March. Things were fine for the first five weeks but then they got really difficult. With the abrupt transition of Beej and I both adjusting to working from home in a one-bedroom apartment, some health issues cropping up since my immune system was down, and just a general sense of malaise with all the death and sickness and economic hardship in the news... I won't lie; I had a few panic attacks. Fortunately, I'm starting to feel better. I realize now that my not wanting to complain because some have it so much worse off led me to an unhealthy form of comparison. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you have or don't have, we're all entitled to feel scared and anxious during times like these. 

So what does all this have to do with sewing? Not much, I guess. At first, I sewed like crazy to distract myself. By not commuting, I had gained an extra two hours a day, which seemed like a gift. I had all sorts of plans, but now I don't feel like sewing at all. It's okay. It will come back, and it's not like I'm in need of a lot of clothes--particularly since I can't go anywhere. In the meantime, I thought I'd share some sewing that I did work on, as well as some UFOs. 

To begin, there's the Fu Mask (seen above) by FreeSewing.org. I'm super annoyed at the mixed messaging on masks at the onset of the pandemic and that's all I'm gonna say about that. Mainly I've just been making masks for close friends and family. I like the Fu mask because it's fitted at the sides and comfortable to wear. 

I had fun playing with my scraps to make these birthday gifts. Improv quilting is SO fun, and it feels special that they're one-of-a-kind.

I'm almost finished with this Rhett jacket by Seamwork. This is heavy cotton denim, so I'm a little nervous about how the buttonholes will go. I love the style and think it will be great to wear almost all year round. 

I'm also half-way finished with a Paper Theory Olya Shirt and Cashmerette Calder pants. I was super jazzed to work on all of these projects and I probably will be again. For now, they're just waiting for me to feel a little better, which is fine. 

I sincerely hope that everyone is staying healthy. Remember to take care of yourself! 


  1. Yes it's a bit like eating an elephant, you can only think about little bits at a time without freaking out! Sewing is a great comfort at the moment, and I decided to learn some new skills - added a pocket to a dress, made bias binding and attempted Hong Kong Seams (some better than others lol.) Some aspects of sewing are a bit like Origami maths to me! Hope youré feeling better, stay safe and breathe xx

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I like the elephant phrase--good to keep in mind. :) This is definitely a good time to practice new sewing techniques. To me, that's always been one of the coolest aspects of sewing--that there's always more to learn. Thanks again. Stay well.

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