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Shut up and sew already

2011 April 13
by elizabeth_admin

Um… that title was me speaking to myself.  Not to you at all.  Just want to make that clear. 


Yeah, so, my radio silence of late?  Well, that was not the sound of me sewing.  It was actually the silence one hears when the other person is resting on the couch after a move and after one’s mojo has been killed (or at the very least dampened).  After all the discussion on whether I should or should not use Jack’s knit jersey sheets for his curtains, my mojo disappeared.  Every night the last week I would come home and look at my beautiful sewing space and then go hit the couch.  I can’t bring myself to finish or make the other items on my short list until the curtains are done.  And I just can’t motivate myself yet to make the curtains. 

But I talked to Karen today and she gave me the much needed kick in the pants and I will start them tonight.  There.  I’ve said it publicly so now I have to do it.  😉  

In other sewing news, I had a fabric accident today.  I’m sure the news of Elliott Berman Textile’s 50% off sale has reached far and wide already, but their website really doesn’t do their store justice.  They have so much more in the store than is shown on the site.  Lindsay T and Carolyn said Elliott Berman had a ton of new things and they sure weren’t kidding!  I was practically tripping over rolls of fabric.  Literally! 

Of course I chose mostly fabrics that were new and not included in the 50% off sale.  *sigh*

Here’s what I bought in an hour’s time…

The photo below is a digital print knit.  The knit has a nice weight to it and is almost spongy despite not being thick.  It’s brown and cream.  I think this print screams wrap dress to me.  Don’t you think so too?


The next photo is a cotton shirting.  Eugenia said it’s from a mill that produces some of Liberty of London’s prints.  I thought it had an Asian vibe myself.  I just love the black/grey/red combo.  This is destined to be a sheath dress.


And the piece de la resistance is this gorgeous (I mean GOR-GEOUS) silk/cotton floral voile.  The sheen.  The delicate hand.  The perfect colors and print.  I can’t put into words how beautiful this fabric is.  I think this fabric needs to age in the stash for a while and wait for the perfect vintage 1950’s dress pattern to show up.  Don’t you agree?


And in more sewing news, I signed up to attend the PatternReview weekend in Chicago in May.  I am very excited about it!!!  I can’t wait to see my friends, visit my hometown and see Vogue Fabrics with new eyes (I didn’t sew yet when I lived there).  Are you coming?

11 Responses leave one →
  1. April 13, 2011

    You can be forgiven that momentary lapse into fabricousity! Cause Elliott Berman’s goods are just to freakin’ wonderful for words! You walked out with only 3 pieces…you didn’t spend Jack’s college fund or your retirement fund and everyone needs a little fabric goodness in their lives! 🙂

  2. April 13, 2011

    I think fabric shopping counts as sewing! Seriously I’ve learnt the hard way that if you really don’t feel like sewing it’s best to wait until you do (unless its your job or you have an unmoveable deadline of course in which case, yeah your blog title will have to apply!).

  3. April 13, 2011

    Maybe I should go to pr weekend since live in Chicago. Would love to meet!

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 14, 2011

      Please come!!! I would love to meet you.

  4. April 14, 2011

    Beautiful fabrics…must resist!

    My top tip for getting the mojo back is to clean and thread the sewing machine. I tell myself it’s only ten minutes but once it’s done I usually carry on and sew.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 14, 2011

      That’s a great tip!!!! Thanks!

  5. Mae Wilson permalink
    April 14, 2011

    I needed some curtains recently, and I found some some magic hardware. A black metal ring that slides along the curtain rod, and has a little black metal ivy leaf attached that hides an alligator clip. I hemmed some calico top and bottom and clipped it to the rings. Voila! Or you can just sew a casing in the top of your panels and slide them over the curtain rod. Easy to take down and wash, and easy to recycle into PJs if you change your decor. Jack will love the curtains no matter how simple they are. If he thought about it, he’d be grateful Martha Stewart is not his mother. Just hang up the jersey sheet any way you can!! Then you can get on with your life.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 14, 2011

      Thanks Mae!!! I actually bought some clips like that and that’s what I was planning to do. You’re right, I need to get on with it! 😉

  6. Marie-Christine permalink
    April 14, 2011

    You know, it’s perfectly allowable to be tired after a move. Expected, even, especially after the big wave of adrenalin dies down. And lying on the couch doing nothing is the best cure ever devised for tiredness.

    That said, I understand misgivings about the curtains. But clearly he’s not going to DIE without them, or it’d be too late already. So you could sew something else, something pretty sure to turn out satisfying, while you mull over it some more. Sometimes, we just need to let things settle down before we take a decision. An iffy project should not be used against yourself as a punishment for not being decisive enough, blocking all else. And if you’re being this indecisive, it’s probably because you know anyway that those of us screaming dire warnings against knit curtains are right :-). But it’s OK to decide for yourself, really.

    Another thing to contemplate is that curtains made from sheets sewn together are not a tragic mistake. Usually curtains are rectangular, as are sheets :-). If things go wrong, either you can just undo the seams and slaps the sheets on the bed, or you get good big pieces of fabric you can recycle. So the worst that happens is that you have to start over. Maybe you can make -one- curtain first to test it out? Anyway, they’re big, they’re a lot of fabric, but they don’t involve that much work or time. Again, don’t flog yourself. It’s not the point.

  7. Meg permalink
    April 14, 2011

    Ya done good, kid! Got some pretty pieces but you restrained yourself and didn’t go all Carolyn. Like the backstory on the fabrics from Eugenia.

  8. April 16, 2011

    I’m so glad you decided to go to Chicago! I am looking forward to meeting you in person!!

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