It’s been awhile! So much has happened, emotionally speaking. And I’ve been steadily sewing, so I have a bunch of new garments to share with you. [You can skip to the video at the end of this post if you want a vlog version of this post.]
Let’s get it out of the way – I took a break from blogging and social media because I was anxious about my approaching 35th birthday. I couldn’t stop thinking about where my life was, where it was going, where it wasn’t going, and what I could do about it. In the background of all this thinking were my emotions. This year I’ve been struggling with some really powerful and painful emotions, swirling up from events as mundane as my parents moving away, to as shocking as the sudden death of a 38 year old family friend.
So that was the background. In the foreground, I still had to live my life, every day. I was determined to enjoy the summer, so when my background pushed its way into my foreground, I would sew-therapy it back to where it belonged. I also found a magical place where everyone is creative and crafty and we all learn from each other. It’s been great. It’s not art school, but the atmosphere is what I’ve been looking for for quite some time.
Oh, and I turned 35. I wanted to be sunning on Santa Monica pier that day … instead, I worked two jobs here in Boston. But hey, I got cupcakes out of it, and it was a gorgeous day. California will always be there.
I cut so many things. When I want to sew a lot, I cut a bunch of things at the same time. Here’s the list:
- 5 Ella Tops by Liola Patterns
- 3 Lekala 4635 skirts
- 2 Lekala 4293 ruffle shirts
- 1 Lekala 4083 coat
- 1 Lekala 4228 color blocked dress
- 1 McCall’s 7170 skirt
- 2 McCall’s 6173 leggings, modified to be bike shorts
There’s probably more, but that’s all that I can remember right now. You’ll see that I cut a bunch of Lekala patterns – that’s because I finally figured out how to make them work for me! I want to make a list of tips or something for Lekala, but there are many tips and techniques I want to write up that are ahead of it. You’ll also notice I went crazy with the very same pattern I said I’d never make up again – the Ella Top. Famous last words. Summer happened and I got tired of wearing long sleeve shirts. A few more tweaks to the pattern and Ella was a TNT.
What did I finish?
A pair of Ella Tops, one Lekala 4635 skirt, one Lekala 4293 shirt, the Lekala 4083 coat, the McCall’s 7170 skirt, and the bike shorts. There was also the purple velvet Cookie Blouson jacket which was languishing as a UFO, which I finally finished and LOVE. Oh, and I finished the Deer and Doe Bruyere, which I shared on IG but never blogged about. And I started another one! Also unblogged is a purple (of course) Vogue 8476 that I made last December, and have been wearing at least once every two weeks. And I never blogged my epic winter coat (Lekala 4383), which I’m hoping to replace with something a little more streamlined this year. Whew!
Writing about all of these things would make your brain spin, so I’m giving you the details in video format. I’m hoping to do a lot more video moving forward, as I took a bunch of filmmaking workshops this year which I want to put into practice. But never fear, dear readers – this purple girl is a writer first, so you’ll always have something to read at Making the Flame.
And speaking of which – I’m blogging a new garment on Friday. See you then!