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From: mommydionne
Date: 01-14-2005, 06:29 PM (1 of 6)
:sick: I feel like I'm in a sewing slump, Any ideas for inspiration out there? I've been looking at fashion mags and patterns but not much is moving me these days (except the formal wear in the latest vogue patterns but lets get real... I live in rural Nova Scotia with 4 kids, I don't get to many black tie events anymore :wink: )
but... I don't just feel like making tshirts, etc. I'll be back at work in 3 months so perhaps some clothes for that would be a good idea but blah! :dave: so if you have inspiring ideas... Let me know! :bg: Thanx!
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: Melanie T
Date: 01-15-2005, 09:25 AM (2 of 6)
:bg: With 4 kids how about starting with your mending pile?
Mine piles up with just 3 (though DH is hardest on his clothes). I find that that will often get me started sewing and then I can go on to something more fun. Lately I have been thinking of fancy patches for all of the jeans in my pile. I think some loaders and tractors embroidered or appliqued on the knees will cause some smiles. Maybe that way they can wear them to school instead of adding more home clothes to their drawers.

I am looking at embellishing a sweatshirt into a fancy cardigan for myself using one of the quilting techniques for my next me project. I think that will be a while from now with all that I have going with cleaning and remodeling the moldy basement and getting my house and life organized.

I am going to attack a few things on my mending pile today because I just want to sew *something*. I haven't touched my machines except to move them to dust for over a month because of the mold.

4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-15-2005, 02:35 PM (3 of 6)
Something Melanie wrote triggered this thought.. Why not some WOW ! jackets or tops to wear to work that have Pants or Skirts (whichever you need) .. Make the whole outfit, but make a jacket or top that really zings.. Wearable Art , you know.. Either an applique or embroidery or just a pattern of fancy stitches if you have that kind of machine.. I can think of a lot of ways to embellish a top that would make all the co-workers stand up and take notice.. :bg: :bg:
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: DorothyL
Date: 01-16-2005, 09:48 AM (4 of 6)
What I would do is grab a handful of cash (or plastic if necessary) and head for my favorite fabric shopping place saying "cost be darned -- this is an emergency" and find the most extravagant, interesting, challenging project I can, take it home and get to work.
Or I'd say "to heck with it" and read a good book.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: sewcr8v
Date: 01-16-2005, 11:09 AM (5 of 6)
Here's what gets me inspired:

- go thru my fabric and patterns
- clean up my sewing room, sort and tidy and organize
- number one is head for the fabric shop and just go thru the aisles, something will catch your eye that you will want to sew.
- switch to something new like home decor, make some pillows for your couch or, new curtains, make a nice spring table runner for your table. Sewing clothes can get boring, I like sewing for my home the most.
- pick up a copy of Threads or SewNews and get inspiration from magazines

I too have 4 kids and am on the other side of Canada close to Victoria.
Keep the world sewing...
User: sewcr8v
Member since: 09-05-2004
Total posts: 30
From: mommydionne
Date: 01-18-2005, 04:24 PM (6 of 6)
have to avoid the fabric store, I'm self employed so no $$ while I'm home on mat leave
but necessity pulled through for inspiration today, it's -17C here in NS and the 2 year old will not wear his only decent sweater (I have no idea why, he liked it last month! :nc: ) so I pulled out the fleece bag and made two colour blocked sweaters (not enough of one colour for a whole sweater) one in red and blue with pooh bear embroidered all over and a hoodie in purple and grey... and while I was searching for my embroidery bobbin thread I found two knit shirts cut out so I finished those. Hubby then made a comment about the UFO's (he had never heard the term before and thought it quite funny) so I think I will start there. Also got my Threads in the mail, that always helps!! :bg:
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
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