Get excited and make things.

My friend and fellow grad student Gina got addicted to sewing last year, and over the past few months she’s turned her tiny studio apartment into the home of high-end sewing porn.  She has multiple sewing machines, a serger, an entire case of feet (I want a zipper foot so badly)…  It’s amazeballs.  She invited me over for a sewing date yesterday, so me and my sewing machine showed up on her doorstep at 11:30 and didn’t leave til after 6pm.  I have not had so much fun in a long time, and now I want us to drop out of school and open an Etsy store because that would go well, right?  Sewing fantasies aside, this is what Gina taught me how to make:

Tan buttercup purse.

I am totally in love with it.  It is spacious, and has a little magnetic clasp inside, and the internal pocket matches the external fabric, and oh it was so fun to make!

Inside of purse, with pocket.

So now I am addicted, and I want a billion sewing pr0n objects–or, my very own versions of the random objects I saw lying about Gina’s house. She’s unbelievably clever at reading craft blogs and viewing Internet vids, then modding other people’s concepts to suit her purposes…she totally had a system whereby she never had to actually cut anything with scissors.  She used a little supersharp pizza-cutter thingamawhatsit to cut patterns–cut prep time in half, or more.  I guess it’s a quilter thing?  Anyway, I was impressed.

Next up, a large tote for carrying school stuffs.  It will be made out of these fabrics:

Light pink on the outside, dark for the lining.

I have a million school-related things I ought be doing, and stories as need revising, but it’s lovely every now and then to take a day and make a thing.  A whole, complete thing, a thing that has use-value, a thing I find aesthetically pleasing.  A thing no one will ever critique!  If this is what I end up doing with my vacation, I am totally okay with that.


3 thoughts on “Get excited and make things.

  1. This would be a good place to [insert advertisement here for my etsy store] if I had things together. But it will be coming soon! And it will be called Feminist Stitch! And I will advertise heavily at that time!

    Also, thingamawhatsit = rotary cutter. It’s in the running for the most awesome time-saving tool I have, and I definitely recommend it! I use it to cut other stuff besides fabric too. As long as it won’t nick the blade, anything that needs cut gets thrown down on my mat and sliced with the thingamawhatsit.

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