|apart from the regular walks in familiar places I do occasionally like to branch out beyond what I know and try something unexpected and different; like yesterday, my parents sent me an app mentioning they were in Zaltbommel for the annual Emmy Verhey festival (famous Dutch violinist, about to retire!)|
Zaltbommel being a lovely town ánd only a 30 min. drive away, including a ferry crossing on the river Waal - which makes the entire trip feel like a mini break - why not join them, I said to self, so I apped back: any chance we could have a coffee together?
yes, they did and what's more if I could manage to arrive in time I too would be able to attend the 13:45 performance!
|back home I got stuck in to the old sewing routine: larger cloth hangin'|
so many small stitches have been added
|I'm surprised at the amount of pleasure the stitching brings, despite the fact of very slow growing|
|have definitely decided some spots will remain one-layered: the possibility of maybe being able to look through.....of almost being able to see what's beyond, I like the idea of that|
|how a small square appears as if out of nowhere|
|on the reverse side we see how it may occur|
|today I have hand-sewn my first French seam, it is so very neat. I love it, furthermore I was so impressed by what I had achieved I gave the dress yet another rest....I doubt it will be finished soon. I find the pattern-making way of making clothing mind-boggling as there are just so many steps:|
getting book and then fabric, choosing a pattern, getting pattern paper, measuring self for correct pattern-size, tracing pattern (*wondering if there needs to be extra for seams or is that included in the pattern, then wondering if the chosen size is indeed the right one after all, this thought is a recurring one), cutting pattern paper*, pinning tracing paper on cloth, remembering to look for selvedge edge - just in time, rearranging pattern paper on right side of fabric; cutting cloth*, reading instructions in book, re-reading them; looking at cloth with pattern paper still pinned on and then reading instructions once more, looking back at cloth, this is repeated several times; thinking you have at last understood instructions, attempt at following instructions, finally deciding to just get sewing hoping you'll discover what needs to be done once you have done it..... turns out you were in fact actually following instructions, a result: does it look anything like it does in the book? yes, tada! success...feeling both immensly satisfied and tired, sit back and have a cup of tea, contemplate one's innocence at the moment of buying the Merchant & Mill's Workbook back in Edinburgh; decide to continue with next French seam at a later date, realising the dress will not be finished in time for the Summer of 2015