Patterns and Pins and Things

A few posts ago I had pondered the best way to store my printed PDF patterns, since I wasn’t keen on either the creases from folding them or the curled edges from rolling them into tubes. I ended up getting a small set of pants hangers and trying it that way, attaching the patterns and hanging a few in the mostly-empty closet in my craft/writing room – and I think I like it a lot. Everything stays together and nothing gets warped. Think I’ll do all of my patterns that way.

I’m also experimenting with using clips instead of pins. I still do need pins for some things, but I’m not keen on having a lot of them around because I have a cat who’s fascinated by them – if I leave them unguarded he’ll start pulling them out of the pincushion one by one and batting them around – and I’m scared he’s going to hurt himself. I try to be careful, always sticking pins back into the pincushion as I take them out of my fabric and then putting it all away when I leave the room, but pins have a tendency to scatter no matter what I do, so clips seems the safest way.

Do any of you use clips? What do you think of them as compared to pins?

I’m having major pattern envy lately. It’s really only been in the last several months that I’ve started sewing garments for myself, rather than making endless bags and/or sewing costumes at my local dance studio. My pattern library is, at the moment, really small, and because my health is so up and down I often don’t have extra funds to add to it – so I end up sewing the same things multiple times. Which is okay, since when I like something I want it in all the colours/prints, but sometimes I do get caught up in all the new pretties coming out and wishing I could sew more than I’m able to at the moment.

It’ll pass. It always does. And I’m grateful for my fabric stash, because it means I can keep sewing even when I’m not doing so great.

… Now that I mentioned dance (for a millisecond), though, I have to also mention that classes resume on Monday and I’m so excited for the new season. It’s modern, ballet, and tap for me this year again. Yes, you can be a fat girl and dance. The studio I dance at is wonderfully non-judgemental and inclusive, and I appreciate that too much for words.

A few shots that I took last year of the studio’s competitive team. Dance photography is another thing that brings me joy.

Right, back to the machine. The project in the clips photo is another Ione top I started this morning. If I still had a serger I could have it done in record time, but having to sew then finish the seams on the regular machine makes it stretch out a little longer.

Graduation Time

I don’t have the time or spoons for many words tonight, but I wanted to share these two photos from a session last week. These five guys have been friends since kindergarten, so their moms arranged for them to have photos taken not just at their high school, but at the elementary school they met at, as well.

Boys can be a challenge sometimes, but this group was super-easy to work with.