Reflections …Posted: September 14, 2014
Recent musings and revelations. No pics.
1 I don’t go to work any more. I have retired. Last week I took 3 sacks of no longer needed work clothes to the charity shop. Included in these sacks were several ‘me made’ garments from the past year or two. Not going to work means my clothing needs have significantly changed. At home, I wear little else but jeans, T shirts, sweaters. It means I’m going to have to reconsider the kind of sewing I do and, more and more, I think I will be sewing for others rather than myself. I know I’ve said before that I don’t enjoy sewing for others, but I can only make so many T shirts!
2 I’ve realised I don’t really enjoy wearing woven fabrics. I love sewing and wearing knits, and these are the things which survived last week’s wardrobe cull. I also realised when my overlocker recently failed, that I missed it more than I would miss my sewing machine if the situation were reversed. I do a lot of my sewing on the overlocker. So much so, that when the overlocker was fixed, I promptly gave it to a friend and bought a slightly more sophisticated one with a free arm and a million complicated attachments. (I have the rest of my life to learn how to use them!)
3 I recently purged my stash of wovens, donating them to friends who, in turn, donated cash to charity. I kept a few pieces, suitable for sewing aprons and the like. See point 4.
4 As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I lost a valued colleague to cancer 5 years ago, and a dear friend earlier this summer. Another friend is currently fighting that same fearsome battle. I feel a strong urge to support the local hospice, who have been wonderful in their support of my friends, which may mean sewing to raise funds. I’m thinking aprons, cushions, scarves and so on – small gift items, where sizing is not particularly an issue. I’d like to have a stall at the hospice garden party or something.
5 This would also serve to keep me occupied, since ‘More Time For Sewing’ was a big part of my retirement plan.
Your thoughts would be welcomed.
My next post will bring news of major improvements to my sewing room – with pics!