At this moment, I am sitting outside at my computer, drinking my coffee.
It’s 10:30 in the morning.
On the 29th of January.
Did I mention I was wearing a bathrobe?
Clearly, I am not in Minneapolis.
It’s lovely here.
Wednesday night, instead of packing, I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to make a skirt.
I dug out my mother’s old sewing machine. (I think it might be older than I am)
I then searched through my pattern and notion archives.
And assessed my stock of fabric.
I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked and/or had enough fabric for.
So I improvised, Project Runway-style.
Now, this is something that I am not confident doing. When I sew (and it has been several months since I dusted off my sewing machine) I need a pattern to get through the project. My mother, on the other hand, can totally make something up on the fly. I admire that and decided it was time to take the training wheels off (after 15 years or so of sewing projects).
I went to my closet for inspiration.
I chose my favorite, purple, A-line skirt to help guide me in making a new, purple, A-line skirt.
You can see I had some help from Puck.
And then Kudzu decided he needed to get in on the action.
(and while this was annoying to work around, I find the cats to be extremely cute)
I mean, come on, this is way cute…
I had a slight mis-step in cutting my fabric, so I decided to incorporate blue side panels into the skirt. I actually think it improved the overall design. However, I am still far from being ready to go on Project Runway.
I got to work.
I love making skirts because you mostly are just sewing straight lines. No complicated armholes or necklines. I even managed to line it and add the zipper without too much hassle.
I think it turned out pretty well, given I wasn’t sure of what I was doing.
And the best part is …
I get to show off my whiter-than-white legs.
Since such things are possible in January, when in Florida.
And I get to work outside on the coffeeshop patio.
In the sun.
Not in snowy, cold Minneapolis.
Which makes me more than happy.