For the Love of Sewing, I Mean CrochetBy Veronica Smith – 19 Comments
All crocheting took a back seat this last fortnight. I had to sew, constantly. My youngest daughter needed a new kilt as she has grown out of her old one and being that she is now adult size I had to get a new one made. Don’t start highland dancing unless you want to mortgage the house. Adults do not seem to sell their kilts (not the imitations sold in clothing stores – proper dance / band kilts). The kilt and fabric for the Aboyen skirt and Plaid, and a pair of socks set me back just over $1000AU. The socks and kilt were specially made and took 11 weeks. I just got the fabric for the Aboyen because it is a simple skirt to make and the plaid is square! Lots of yarn I could get for that. I also needed 2 different blouses, 2 different vests and a petticoat, all regulation. Well at $220 per jacket, $60 each for the blouses, and don’t even ask about the petticoat, it became horribly obvious I had to make them. I can, I am a professional sewer but that has taken a back seat – well almost non existent – in the last 10 years, except for dancing costumes.
Anyway, $80 later I had all the fabric, regulation buttons and braid for the above mentioned (Aboyne fabric purchased earlier at $48 meter). Off to the sewing / craft room, the craft room that needed cleaning still. I solved this problem by shoving it all out in the hallway and squished it into another room, in the way of course. But not all of it, just enough to find the machines and the cutting table.
Once I began I was having so much fun, I started wondering why I don’t sew more often. 48 hours later the novelty wore off once covered in black velvet fluff and seemingly endless fittings on my daughter as I had to alter the patterns.
In the process of shoving things out of the room I discovered so many balls of different fibers, I even unearthed ones that could stay there because they weren’t in my way. My mind is working overtime and my hands are twitching with excitement and anticipation.
The bonus of all this? Obviously saving squillions of dollars on her vests etc. – she does look mighty fine for her competitions and upcoming exam – I have found yarn I had forgotten about, I now have inspiration to incorporate sewing into my crocheting, I do like sewing when not forced. I also now HAVE to clean the room, I might as well given I can now see the floor.
Have you had any forced surprises?
Do you have you another craft that distracts you occasionally?
Does crochet win out in the long run?