Not only that but it had been a pretty shit end of the 2015. I started a new job which was causing some mental health issues (who doesn't love crying on the way in to work everyday?), and a few days before my birthday in October, Harley got really sick literally out of nowhere and we had to make the extremely difficult decision to end his suffering. So, I had to deal with that too. Let's be real, I'm still dealing with that. :(
But, after making some scary decisions career-wise, and seeking some help, I'm in a much better head space in my job, so that's good! And having Sweet Dee around definitely has helped a lot with dealing with our loss.
Wow, this got really depressing really fast......ON TO SEWING!
I actually have been doing a bit of sewing here and there, I just haven't blogged about yet. Also, I guess I should probably also tell you I'm teaching sewing now too! I am lucky enough to teach beginner sewing through my school board to a wickedly hilarious group of ladies once a week.
For one of our projects, we make a customized reversible tote. I made two to show everyone the process. One went to a local friend of ours, and the other will be going to a friend up north who picked out the purple spotted fabric two (maybe even three) years ago:
|"Hangin' with my gnomies" tote|
|One of my favs.|
|I actually had to make this one twice. I ironed the poly on a pretty high heat and shrunk it too much. A shame because the first version was plaid matched pretty damn seamlessly.|
|Yet another fav. Also my curtains!|
And on the topic of Portside, I'll share my full Portside set next week. I'd like to do a full review of the pattern as there were a few head scratches as well as a few proud moments, and I'd like to remember for the next time I make it (or help those of you who are interested in making a duffel bag set yourself).
One last little sewing bit I made. My second cousin turned one two weeks ago, so I made her the Georgia Twirl Dress by Shwin and Shwin and it turned out pretty cute!
I quite desperately wanted to use the same bright orange from the lining for the underskirt but didn't have enough. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the orange was a knit, not a woven and didn't want to cooperate with me (Honestly, I had it in my stash and figured I'd throw caution to the wind. I wasn't expecting it to be easy).
Luckily, because I did this, my buttonholer gave me the middle finger, which resulted in me happily remembering that I have snaps and HEY SNAPS ARE AWESOME. Like unicorn poop awesome.
That's all for now! What have you been sewing lately? I'd love to hear!