Fabric as barometer
Folks, I’ve just realized that I’ve officially turned a corner. I think I can now call myself a Californian. Why, you ask? After having just visited the motherland, New York City? Well, funny you should ask… It was when I was shopping with my friends in the Garment District. I realized that while I longingly caressed the thicker, wooly fabrics, I did not gravitate to them as I normally would. I knew I wouldn’t really use them here in sunny San Diego.
When we arrived back in San Diego last night, we walked out into the warm night air of 68 degrees without wearing our coats. I took in one long breath of the eucalyptus scented air and knew. I knew I was now home. And so, after a lengthy transition, I finally feel that San Diego is my home. Who knew that fabric would be my indicator? And how fitting.
Has fabric or sewing ever had that effect on you too? Has fabric shown you something about yourself that you hadn’t realized?
In other sewing news, Katie and I had time for one last project before I left NYC yesterday. We used the Oliver and S doll skirt tutorial to make a skirt for her American Girl doll. The tutorial is for a generic 18 inch doll, but I found it wasn’t wide enough for the waist of the American Girl doll. I added a 1/4 inch to each side of the pattern to accommodate the doll’s waist and it was perfect. We made the skirt reversible in the two corduroy fabric scraps of Katie’s own skirts. Although we could have just sewn them right sides together and turned them inside out, I decided to use bias tape to edge them so I could teach Katie how to use it. It was a bit more time consuming, but now she knows how to use bias tape. Check!
Here’s the skirt…
Isn’t that just a sweet skirt? And reversible too!
Don’t forget to let me know if your fabric buying habits have been a barometer for your life too.