|This is Barney, my sewing helper, he is indicating his approval of my fabric. If fabric hits|
the floor, Barney is on it like a flash. He loves it, silky satiny types are his favourite.
I have been reading some of the end of the year posts that many of you have been posting, and it got me to thinking how fantastic it is for new and beginning sewists to have access to advanced sewists. Like many people, when I began sewing, I made many wadders. I always thought this was entirely my fault, fed into my perfectionism and derailed me sewing-wise. I so wish the internet was in existence back in the day, sharing with fellow sewists would have taught me it was okay to fail every now and then. I would have sewn much more and would be much more advanced in my abilities by now. It also makes me really grateful for the wonderful and supportive online sewing community, you are all a treasure. A big thank you to all you fellow bloggers out there.
The post that really blew me away was Claudine's from Adventures in Couture. I am sure everyone knows of Claudine, and if you don't, you should have a look at her creations. She is amazing and has impeccable taste and style. She made three wadders last year. If it happens to her, surely I am not such a failure it I make a wadder or two. Mind you her wadders are better than anything I have ever made in my life, or am likely to.
That brought me to another point. Bear with me, this could take a while to get to there. A good friend of mine and I were talking about cooking, and she said something about getting to be a better cook as she got older. I said (or thought, can't remember), that I think that my cooking skills have remained constant, but my abilities to choose a recipe that will work have improved. I actually read cookbooks, like some people read novels, I know I'm not the only one, right? Sometimes a recipe will sound great and as I read it, I just know that it won't work. I think I have fine tuned my instincts over the years, and often I wouldn't be able to articulate why I know it won't work, but I know it won't. For instance, Poached Pears with Anglaise Sauce, this is a recipe I found years ago, and it failed spectacularly. I was unable to find pears at the perfect point of ripeness, now I would know not to bother trying the recipe, but when I was twenty something, not so much. I now live in tree fruit country and can find a perfect ripe Bosc pear for at least four months of the year. It would work now, and note to self, find that recipe and try again.
Here is the point. Is it the same with sewing? I think so. The more we sew and try to find the perfect
What do you think? Do our decision making skills improve along with our sewing skills? Or, do you think this post is just a massive justification for maintaining a large stash of fabric and patterns?
What do you think?