Sew Grateful Week

Well, I’ve mainly missed Sew Grateful Week, but today still counts, so I’m grateful for that! It’s been a busy week with work and keeping up with our fitness and good eating . . . and most importantly, wedding planning! That’s been really fun and exciting too, but it takes up the same kind of time and energy as my sewing usually does.

However, I’m here now, and boy am I really very grateful! Doing laundry yesterday, I realized how many of my clothes, and my favorite items, are now Tiger-made. Some are obviously not perfected–I have to do a swayback adjustment on my Renfrew pattern next time I make it up, for example–but in the main they fit so much better than RTW. And this is only getting better as I learn more!

A little over 18 months ago, I was working for a non-profit organization and my earnings were enough, but not all that ample. Add to that a tough summer without my partner, during which I put on some weight, and I found I needed some new clothes on a budget. Well, with my amateurish sewing skills, a discount fabric store and the internet, I managed to get myself clothed in pieces I enjoy and which still fit me now that I’ve lost the weight. (I was very careful to choose patterns that would do that–empire waists, knits, etc.)

More importantly, however, I found the sewing blogosphere, where I learn new things every day, celebrate people’s successes, and get to know people all over the world with whom I share values and interests. One of my desires this year is to comment on more posts so that the people I feel familiar with have a chance to get familiar with me!

There are some really great values represented in our crowd: love for ourselves and our bodies as they are, belief in our abilities, creative adventure, ethical interaction with people and resources, and lots of both practicality and fancy. We have created amazing resources for each other, from Gertie‘s great book full of tailoring and drafting tips, to The Slapdash Sewist‘s very thorough and detailed pattern reviews, to StephC‘s wonderful patterns, tutorials and source roundups, and of course Debi‘s wonderful social enterprise, Weaving Destination. Dozens more offer each other free patterns, hack ideas, refashioning tips and so much more! We’re a very giving group.

I shortened the midriff band a bit all around, and this eliminated any swayback issues.
I shortened the midriff band a bit all around, and this eliminated any swayback issues.
Tira Full
I went for a nice relaxed fit, and will enjoy this dress in the summer for sure!

Due to time constraints, I’m going to combine reflection and project here in one post. I’ve also had the luck to make up one of StephC’s Tiramisu dresses in a fabric that she sent to me, all the way from Australia! And today I’ve finally hemmed it, so here it is, my very own Circus Tiramisu! I know I flog my love of Steph and her patterns and blog rather often (or is that just in my own fangirl heart?), but really, she’s amazing! This dress went together beautifully, and the pattern and sewalong really held my hand through the fitting process. I just love it!

As I really can say, truthfully, I love all of you in your own special ways. It take a brave person to show off her hobby to the world, a generous person to share the things he’s learned over time, and fun, funky, friendly people to grow together into something like a community from our far-flung sewing spaces and laptops. I am so grateful to you all, and to this hobby, and to myself, for sticking it out and continuing to learn and pursuing something so enjoyable and productive!

Tira No Gape
See! I fought hard, and now it doesn’t gape!