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I had guests, it was lovely. Cups of tea all round.

I think I'm getting into the right mode for the next two weeks: am resigned to doing domestic things and creative things only. I know that the latter might seem luxurious, but I personally do better with balanced days and weeks: a little bit of everything, including outings of a regular nature. Something to do with maintaining equilibrium and not getting too lost in any one way of being.

Regular schedules, I love them.

But for the next fortnight I will pretend to be an introvert. After that, my life will start to resume its normal pace and I'll start to wail about there being too many things to do, which I now accept is normal for me.


Am wondering if I should buy a sewing machine. 10B kept the sewing machine in the separation as it seemed far more likely he'd use it than me. I haven't bought a new one as for the most part I've been too unwell to contemplate even basic tasks. However, I'm not in that space now. I'm just pondering whether the cost of the sewing machine, and hassle of doing my own alterations, will offset the cost and hassle of taking clothes elsewhere. As to whether I would then move on to actual sewing - not sure. Possibly. In theory.

I know how to follow patterns, but these days patterns are not to my shape so I would need to learn how to build my own patterns. Curiously, right now that learning curve seems manageable, even desirable. And surely not that impossible. But this could mean I should cut back on the coffee, and/or that I'm avoiding doing something else more important, although I don't know what that more important thing is.

I may just go and work on the background of the Mona Splodge while I try to remember what that more important thing is.


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Dec. 22nd, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
Making your own patterns is easy! I hardly ever use 'proper' ones. My approach is to modify off something I like the fit of. A roll of large cheap paper (out here it's usually called butcher's paper) and a thumbtack or other big pin for poking holes through, and you can copy most anything.
Dec. 22nd, 2013 06:43 am (UTC)
In theory yes, in practice it doesn't quite work out.

Also my big problem at the moment is not having anything that I want to copy, because of the sizing issue. I'd *like* some frocks of regular cotton, but the ones I like just don't come in my size. This would mean, I guess, adding a few inches to some smaller things I haven't thrown out yet...and then it gets Too Hard...
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
I'd be happy to lend you my machine, I'm not in a situation to be able to use it and my flatmate has her own...
Dec. 22nd, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
glad you liked having visitors :-)
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Having a sewing machine available, even if it only gets used every now and then, can be very handy. I'd suggest looking for a decent second hand mechanical machine (I.e. Not computerised). They're more straightforward to use and easier to service and repair. I'm currently looking out for a machine like that for another friend, I can let you know what I find if you like.
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