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The Sewing Machine is my Beeyatch

...see, I can say that when I'm at work and it can't hear me. But seriously. I seem to have finally hit some kind of critical mass where I have spent enough hours bent over the thing that I can force it to dance. I've learned to sit on the floor and use my knee on the peddle like kittyblue does. I rarely have to pin anything together before I run it through, although I do when I'm shaping around curves, of course. I'm just having such a blast with sewing. This is at least partly because I've gotten started far in advance of Beltane this year, so I'm not rushed.

I'm making an Irish Dress and a Leine, and I might tackle a new Ghawazee coat as well.

Oh, and the other fun thing I did last night was make this icon. I mention it, because it is obviously unrelated to sewing, but I feel it fits as a creative endeavor. That's probably my favorite Shep moment so far. Love his habit of naming Wraith.

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fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I tend to prefer sitting on the floor because I can just spread everything I need out around me, so it's in immediate reach. Also, if you happen to live in a very small house with no dining room table on which to set up your machine, it's among your only options, anyway :)

I guess it just takes less space and less set-up fuss. I sit loosely cross-legged, and tuck the peddle under my right knee. I can easily press down that way. It works best if you're fairly flexible to begin with.

Do you sew? May I ask what kind of stuff you make? I'd love to hear about it!

(PS- my Starbuck icon is glancing warily at your icon :)
seditiouscanary
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, the Irish dress image even looks like you. Creepy.
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
Eek! I hadn't noticed that before.

(Tell me more about the Tactical Assault Cat)
nixieq
Mar. 30th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
whoa, no kidding!

(and i second the T.A.C. request! inquiring minds want to know what's up!)
_blackjack_
Mar. 30th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
I was going to say that.
ivy_willow
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Delurking to say I think Sheppard does that as an in-joke since all the male wraiths (at least the speaking part ones) are playing by the same guy.
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ah. Yeah, I think I saw an interview somewhere with Wraith-guy. At any rate, I absolutely howled when Shep delivered that line. My H and I laughed for 24 hours straight. Not sure why. Quirky sense of fun, I guess.

Thanks for lurking, btw. You're very welcome :)
joanarkham
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
it always was
I still have the bodice and skirt you made for me back in...93?

I may end up wearing them this Beltane, if they fit.
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: it always was
it always was

blush :)

Thanks, hon. So excited that you guys are coming out this year!
mercurialgirl
Mar. 30th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
I am *so* glad to hear you say that outloud!

(and the brocade is sooooo flipping gorgeous; it's gonna be a rilly kickass irish dress)

smoakes777
Mar. 30th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm taking a sewing class -never sewed before in my life- and last night I finished our first project, a pair of pajama pants. I wish we lived near each other so you could help me; so far I am very very very bad at it.

I admire people like you to distraction. Sewing seems like magic to me.
ericrowe
Mar. 30th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
Sewing was bad mojo for me as well for many years, but under my honey's guidance I fears the machine no more!

Just don't mention the whole sleeve-setting thing, she gets mad about that...
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh! The sleeve thing! *fumes*
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hee. You are very sweet. But, in fact, sewing is really easy. Ever read Jonathan Livingston Seagull? I haven't in years, but I seem to recall something in there about sort of "forgetting that you don't know how" to do something. It's like that. Once you start getting the hang of it you go "oh, so I just put that there and go like this." Honestly, you already know how, you just need to conquer the Machine and thwart it's attempts to intimidate you into thinking it's hard.
sparkymonster
Mar. 30th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
Ghawazee coat! They are gorgeous.
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah! I've been googling. Posting some results momentarily. I am in trouble!
tefnut_
Mar. 30th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
I love these dresses with impossible sleeves. It will look stunning!
fenriss
Mar. 30th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'll post pictures when I'm done.

...and when we get a card reader for our older model digital camera.
rednikki
Mar. 31st, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
*eeeeeeeee* Icon love!!!!!!! This is a GREAT icon. I esp. like what you did with the text, how it's slightly askew.
fenriss
Mar. 31st, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
*gigglesnort*

I so loved that line! I'm still laughing about it.
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