I have barely touched my sewing machine since I moved it out into the garage. That’s not because it’s a bad place to sew. It’s just that since I’ve gotten on this crazy cleaning streak, I’ve lost my desire to sew. Don’t worry – I’m sure it will be back. But making a mess and “wasting” time just hasn’t seemed like a good idea when there’s so much work to be done.
But practical sewing is a different story. Here in Kentucky, it’s suddenly gotten very warm. Like, 80 plus degrees in the middle of March. And Jacob doesn’t have any shorts that fit him. He does, however, have a closet full of high water pants he’s outgrown that still fit him in the waist. So yesterday, I grabbed a handful of spools of thread to match the various pants, and started cutting and sewing. I think I finished 5 pairs of shorts.
Then, this morning I realized that he both of his 2 short-sleeved shirts were in the laundry. So I cut the sleeves off of this knit polo shirt and sewed two neat lines of stitches to hem the sleeves. The sleeves were too short, much like his pants legs, so I was excited to make it wearable again.
Last year, I modified every single one of his winter shirts and pants this way. It’s the perfect way to extend a growing boy’s wardrobe, since the none of his winter clothing ever fits him the following winter.
Hemming endless sleeves and pants legs isn’t fun sewing, but it was a great practical project to get me back at my sewing machine again. Maybe I’ll have some new creative projects up here soon that don’t involve cleaning and decorating my house.