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I'm trying to get some sewing done. It's hell, hell I tell you!


Especially hellish is that I can't just get this hem done. I keep realising that some other step needs to happen first. The latest being the need to pull out the ironing board and iron. Then have a bit of a rest because that ironing board is kind of heavy.

So the bit where I get this damn hem finished just doesn't seem to get any closer. Am trying to find comfort in having a learning curve that will surely make the next hem easier. And once this one is done, I'll have everything set up for the rest of it. I hope.

And once I've done all these bloody hems, I move on to making curtains.

And after I've made curtains, I move on to smashing up the sewing machine with a sledge hammer. Except that it's not mine, so I may have to burn it in effigy instead.

Why am I doing all this? Because I'm short and fat so clothes rarely fit right, because my home has no decent curtains and because getting this stuff done professionally would cost me more than I can really afford. Especially the curtains. Of course, if I get the curtains done and then realise I don't much care for them I'll be jumping off the nearest bridge. With the sewing machine strapped to my body and the ironing board strapped to my back.



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Jan. 27th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm short and wide (and always will be) and I get my clothes by mail order from the US, mostly, since Australian clothes seldom look good or feel comfortable. This means I tender you my support - and also my envy, for sewing is something I've ery seldom done successfully. In fact, I write characters who can sew, in the hopes that their skills will rub off.
Jan. 27th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
I hear you - want a drop in tomorrow to have a look at the hems (and help out)? They're always a bit easier at least to set up if you've got someone else to give a hand.

And don't neglect the ironing board. Very important. Pressing things makes the difference between "Home made" and "Hand tailored".
Jan. 31st, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh hello unseen LJ comment...

That would be lovely, but it seems tomorrow was a couple of days ago. Busy this weekend?
Feb. 5th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
Alas, yes. But next week, perhaps...

LJ is being a BUTT about comments. I've just got some that were nearly a week old.
Jan. 27th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
MY hems look all irregular on both clothes and curtains. Alas, I am very short and round.
Jan. 27th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
am amused by the sledgehammer and the bridge. Not by the concept but your writing. I have a silly image of you being annoyed because the ironing board is acting like a surf board.

My overlocker only barely avoided being thrown out an upstairs window by making enough of it's secrets known to me just in time. It's still keeping some to itself though, sneaky thing.
Jan. 27th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
You have the skills i need to get myself out of this short fat conundrum. If i had the skills i would be making my dresses out of the curtains. ;)
Jan. 27th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
I find sewing uses a lot of spoons, even though it is something I was already good at before I got sick. I suspect it is because of the amount of thinking involved, which brain fog makes difficult I have to do it in a lot of little stages, which in itself is infuriating at times, not only because it slows progress, but because there is more chance I'll forget exactly where I was at and miss some crucial step, resulting in much undoing and redoing.

I need to get some "sewing for other people" done this week, though not in this heat :-/ One project is to finish making cot fitted sheets for St Kilda Mums from double/queen sheets that have rips/holes. That's a fairly low brain project. The other project is to make up a prototype fitted chair cover so a) the design can be approved, and b) fabric can be bought in the weekend. That's going to require a far bit of brain, though I'm pretty motivated to do it ;-)
Jan. 31st, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's not all the random movement required as well. I find it much easier to sit and knit, for example, which was not a skill I had prior to illness.
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