Halitrax is, in part, a way for us posters to challenge ourselves and try new things. But for this week I say, “I’ve had it up to here with your rules [and I would like to talk about something I already sort of understand]!” Sewing.
To be honest, I have yet to learn most things about proper sewing. My past ventures have revolved around interesting bed sheets and upholstery fabric. I assumed the floral/animal motifs I sported would distract from uneven hems and misplaced darts. I was sadly mistaken.
But a new day is dawning. I have begun to dedicate more time to my projects. I have learned to edit and stop drinking while “on the job.” Most importantly, I’ve learned the value of mending.
Most of my pants have holes in them. I rarely buy new clothes and my thighs rub together when I walk. It’s a terrible combination, as you can see.
Mending your own clothes is rewarding, in mind and pocket. If you want to go for a bit of creativity, try repurposing thrift store items. The fabric below once formed the dress of a distant family member. I’m trying to make something of it, but we’ll see.
There are people who are better at sewing and avoid looking foolish in their home-sewn creations. Regardless, I have a lot of fun with these projects.
It’s inexpensive (relatively speaking), a good spatial exercise, and you can learn to tailor your own clothes. You also learn that new clothes are bananas under priced and that you should probably care about that.
There are craft nights at Roberts Street Social Centre. But you can start your own or whatever. Do what you want.