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:
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!
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:
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.