Hug Your Machine
Posted 9 April, 09on:
A friend is trying to update/upgrade her wardrobe due to recent weight loss. We spent the afternoon at the mall checking out the spring fashions and trying things on. I came home and hugged my machine. Clothes are expensive! That may not be a new revelation to many of you, but it is to me. Since I make 99.9% of my clothes, I don’t really look at price tags in the mall. She was trying to find a simple black skirt. $79 and the fabrics were terrible. In my head, I was saying, “Wow, I could make that with a yard of fabric, a Ottobre pattern in a couple of hours, and for a lot less than $79.” In the entire mall, we did not find one single black skirt that was even a remote possibility. I love being able to pull fabric from stash and a Ottobre magazine to create whatever I want. In the time we dragged around the mall, I could have made the skirt. Granted, we laughed a great deal as we dragged around the mall. The expedition was more about spending time together than it was about acquiring clothing. Nonetheless, it reminded how lucky I am that I can sew, that I am not at the mercy of the mall.