Thank you for your helpful comments as I went through the pattern selection process! You helped me let go of a couple great ideas (and I can revisit those ideas in the future, right?). For this project, I am trying to duplicate a favorite coat that wore out and left my closet several years ago. I found #120 in the December issue of the 2006 Burda magazine.
|the photos remind me of how I felt wearing my herringbone coat|
|This might be 6 years old, but it looks current to me!|
|there is a hidden button placket, with 3 large decorative buttons on the outside|
it just came pouring out
I wrote a real navel-gazer of a post last night, called "it just came pouring out" and then chickened out and took it down. It still exists, though, as my new "about me" page. A long time ago, I had crazy high expectations for myself and aspired to artistic greatness. When the magazine editor job popped into my life, it triggered a false impression that, hey life is fair! I was finally getting what I had wanted all my life; I would earn my living in a creative job. We all know how that went!
Over the last couple months, I saw other bloggers sewing with fabric from Mood and I suspected they were getting the fabric for free. I was so busy with my own drama, it was not high on my radar. Then recently, I saw 9 of my favorite bloggers write posts about the Mood Sewing Network and the question was answered. And I was jealous! It took me a few days to admit it to myself - and what a relief to get honest. I was not jealous of the 9 bloggers, I was still carrying that torch for "the creative job" for crying out loud, and I was jealous at what Meg had accomplished. Just understanding my emotions allowed the jealousy to transform into admiration for Meg. Meg's talent is on full display and I love it!
When I got the editor job, there was a difficult side to the success. Some people, people I had thought of as friends, were critical. Crossing over into the industry side meant going silent as a civilian sewer. It would take time to make new friends and allies on the industry side. I could not come to my blog and post about things anymore. That is why I feel empathy towards anyone caught off guard by the dark side of success.
When good things happen to our fellow sewists - it is good for all of us. For the nine bloggers currently participating in the Mood Sewing Network , surely there are 99 more who would like to be involved. Maybe there are 999 more? [and if you read the fine print, there will be opportunities for more]
But here is the important thing: this is exciting. Meg brought to life a fantastic idea.
Maybe this will inspire more industry insiders (maybe a big 4 pattern company?) to get their products out into the blogosphere and let us share more information. The home sewing industry is on the upswing and we all want more fabric, more patterns, more instruction in our neighborhoods, more, more more and we want the good stuff.
To the industry: we bloggers are your dream come true. We provide oodles of free advertising for you and we stir up interest in sewing. We bolster prosperity in the home sewing industry.
thank you for reading this far!