Just had a lovely morning sewing. Not a very productive morning, but peaceful and inspiring.
When I'm sewing a garment I call it by the number of pieces, so for example, a blouse would start with 8 pieces, then you sew the fronts to the back, making it 6, add the sleeves to leave 5 etc.
This morning I have made Carole's Jacket a 1. Which means to me it is now finished. But it isn't, because it needs finishing off. The hems are the next, then all the invisible stuff that coutured garments have. None will be seen, but they make the garment "alive" in my mind. It's the stage I love the best, because it is the easiest for me.
My main headache comes from drafting the pattern and cutting out the pieces, I have panic attacks when I come to making the first cut in the cloth. If things are wrong at this stage, then they are wrong all the way through the construction. I can spend days at this initial stage, but when the garment is a 1 - I just know I've spent my time wisely.
I have to cook Sunday lunch now, but in my mind, my sewing room is now a place of peace and tranquility, with a beautiful garment needing some tender care to make it perfect.