I think my mojo's been hibernating. Ever since I finished the blue dress and handed it over, I haven't really felt like sewing. Oh, I've felt like it, all right, but not to the point where I actually accomplish anything.
I go in the room, I look around, I see the UFOs and the mess, and I get disheartened and go and either read or watch TV with the man. Both of which are worthwhile activities - I just finished the new Barbara Kingsolver while being unable to sew - but they weren't really want I wanted to do.
So last night, enough was enough. I was going to sew something, and if that meant I had to tidy up, then so be it. I got rid of the last of the blue scraps, and then I made envelopes for all the patterns I've traced in the last 3 months, and then I put all the patterns and magazines away. And then I faced the UFOs.
The sausage dress. The unfinished black dress. The other one.
The sausage dress had pins in it from where I altered it to fit my friend when it was too small for me. I decide to start with this one. I threw it out. Much as I loved the print, the fabric wasn't that good, and I had deluded myself from the beginning that it was nice enough to work with.
The black dress has been given permission to wait. I'm having a sleeve dilemma, as in which ones to choose. It will come, and then I will finish it.
The third dress is in limbo. There's something way too 80s about it right now, but I still like the general style and the fit and I love the fabric. Since it was drafted from a top I really like, maybe the problem is that it was never meant to be a dress. Right now I'm contemplating taking scissors to it.
Question for all you readers out there: anyone have a good reference for working with fur? I've got my great-aunt's mink sitting downstairs in a bag - I know, only the best treatment in my house. It's got some damage, but I don't want to pay to get it fixed - it's 60 some years old, so it's fragile, and I don't have the cash for a furrier. I'm either going to repair it myself or turn it into something else, but it turns out there's not a lot of information out there on working with fur.
I asked on Patternreview and did get one book reference, but besides a suggestion that I sell the coat because fur isn't in, and I would get a lot of grief for wearing it, and do I know how they harvest the skins . . . not much actual info. Yes, I know I'd get grief. Yes, actually I do know how they harvest the skins, since I have relatives in upstate NY that make a living by selling bait and trapping animals and selling skins. My cousins tried their best to gross me out one summer by teaching me how to skin a squirrel.
But this has come into my possession (and those little minks died) through no act or omission of ine. And the fact that my aunt (and her aunt before her) kept it since the 1940s means I should hold onto it at least a little longer, perhaps until I can't justify wearing it. Who knows? But any info would be greatly appreciated. Lectures, not so much. :)
Oh, and once I cleaned up and dealt with the UFOs, suddenly the fog cleared, I taped and cut out Burdastyle's Heidi pattern, and then I cut out a dress. Feeling much better.