Happy February First wherever you may be. Here in Los Angeles we endured four entire hours of rain WITH lightning and thunder yesterday! Yes I realize people in other parts of the country were snowed in with -1000 degree weather, but we had puddles and we’re all extremely delicate and fussy in L.A. and need your thoughts and prayers.
(There are also mudslides and unstable hills, including in my neighborhood, but we make jokes and hope the concrete barriers hold up.)
The sun is out this morning but all anyone can talk about in the office is the storm of epic proportions headed our way tonight so I have preemptively worn my Ugg boots. While I cannot legitimately wear pajamas to work, I am wearing my Eileen Fisher skirted leggings, which is my version of cute, work-appropriate PJs.
Speaking of skirted leggings, I am trying my hand at sewing my own pair this weekend! These Eileen Fisher pairs I have are all starting to show signs of wear, understandable after two years of weekly use. I am using the Patterns For Pirates free Peg Legs pattern as the legging part. For the skirt, I’m attaching my own self-drafted skirt made by tracing the skirt portion off one of my ready-to-wear pairs. And I’m making them out of a merino wool blend fabric in hopes they will be warm enough for me to wear in Norway when we go in a few weeks (um, days, actually, not weeks. Yikes!)
The picture at the top of this post is another weekend project, a lowkey head nod to Valentine’s Day. I’m making me and the Captain matching baseball style T-shirts with this cute Joann Doodles that says “Love You Latte.” I got them all cut out last night and ready to sew this weekend. And yup, I love them a latte.
My weekend list of sewing items is long and strong! When I first got back into garment sewing about two years ago, it took me an entire weekend to make two simple pajama pants. Now I feel pretty confident I can get through the two Valentine’s shirts, skirted leggings, and a merino wool base layer top + leggings as well. Sewing is the one thing that finally demonstrated to me how much I can grow/improve/speed up with one simple thing: CONSISTENCY.
I sew (or do sewing related things) almost every day. After work I may be too tired to do much, but I can tape together a pattern or cut one out. Last night I did the shirt cutting. I sew just about every weekend, and sometimes I take a small project and space it out during a week (like a turtleneck or leggings — easy things I can do a seam here or there.) I watch sewing videos on YouTube and follow tons of sewers on Instagram, which also means I am absorbing tips and ideas and knowledge from them.
It has been a long and slow process and I don’t even think I realized I had crossed over into a new skill range until recently. For example, I used to be scared to try fit adjustments but this year it’s my main sewing goal! I can’t wait to take that Archer shirt class with Lauren Taylor in March. I’m watching more videos about technique and trying them out on my own.
When I first heard that statistic about putting in 10,000 hours to become an expert at something, I scoffed. Scoffed, I say! Rolled my eyes and everything. Nowadays it makes more sense to me. Sewing has taught me that I can get better at anything if I just keep doing it (even through the fails and blunders.)
Getting better at a skill comes naturally with putting in the time — not all in one weekend, as my old self would try to do — but consistently on a daily or near-daily basis. It helps when it is something you love! I can’t wait to get home some nights and start my next step of a project or cut out a new pattern.
So on this February 1st, I’m thrilled that a Noah’s Ark rain is headed our way so we can’t leave the house all weekend and have to eat chili and make leggings. The Captain is coming over and he likes to hang out in his comfy chair in the project room, working on his computer or knitting or we listen to audiobooks while I sew. It is an introvert’s fantasy come true and I am loving it a latte.