Since it is pouring rain outside, I have an excuse to go home and sew, and skip the three-mile walk. My delightful husband, who is retired, makes dinner, which frees me up to do what needs to be done. Right now that includes two Hornpipe outfits, two men’s kilts, and a dancer’s kilt. I thought that I might share some of my informal sewing rules. Maybe they will work for you.
The first rule about sewing for other people is DON’T SEW WHEN YOU”RE TIRED. I am really picky about the quality of the work I do, and I often take pleats out when they aren’t up to the standard. The lines have to match, the width has to be perfect, and the stripes have to be centered, edged, or what ever I had planned. When things start to go wrong, it’s usually because I ‘m fatigued. The best thing to do is to take out the work that’s wrong, and then clean up for the day. When I go back to it after a good night’s sleep, things will just magically fall into place.
Rule two is DON’T TRY TO PLAN OR LAY OUT A KILT AFTER 7:00 PM. The tired rule applies here- you are much more likely to make a mistake in the evening when you’ve been working hard all day. Do the planning, and then STEP AWAY FROM THE KILT. Come back to it in the morning, and all will be well. DON’T CUT OR RIP ANYTHING.
Rule three is more ambiguous. I frequently ask myself how I would feel if I received the kilt that I’m making in the mail. Would I be happy with the workmanship? Would I be happy with the way it was packed up for shipping? If the answer is no, then I fix whatever it is before sending the thing out.
Rule four is to make sure that I have work to do when I’m going someplace where I might have to sit. Examples of this are appointments of all kinds, visits to relatives, or in a car. I don’t think it’s rude as long as I can participate in the conversation– you wouldn’t believe how much I get done! I am not a good “sitter” anyway–I really need something to occupy my hands.
One thing that lots of people don’t know about me is that I really like the Boston Red Sox. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down after dinner to sew and watch the game. Of course, what I’m really doing is listening to the game and looking at my sewing until I hear something that alerts me to an important at-bat or hit. This way I get lots done, with the added advantage that I can’t have snacks when I’m working, so I am less inclined to eat stuff that I shouldn’t have too much of. At the moment I am adjusting to the idea that the Sox have been eliminated from post-season play. This is difficult. I am already planning for next year’s excursion to a game (@Baltimore in July, maybe) and looking for stuff to listen to (like ice hockey) when I sew during the winter.