Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

And maybe even a bit grouchy…………

It all started innocently enough: I decided to make a bra. Yes, in case you didn’t hear me correctly, a brassiere.

I do sew. As a matter of fact, I sew pretty well. I don’t sew a lot anymore. Mostly just occasionally on weekends. Weekends are when I do non-weaving things I enjoy. Sewing is one of those things.

Because I like to sew, I follow a few sewing blogs. Not many. Just a few blogs that really interest me. I don’t comment. I just haunt them. Until one blogger suggested a bra sew-along.

This blogger sews beautiful bras.

I love beautiful things.

The mountain was in front of me.

I joined the bra sew-along.

To say the least, things have not gone well, and I haven’t even started sewing a bra. It took me at least a week to decide on a pattern, and then I finally bought two patterns because I just didn’t know what to look for.

And I also decided I would start with a camisole and panties. Sort of work my way up to the bra. The camisole was a disaster and I hated the panties. I sulked. I posted on the sew-along. I sulked some more.

I knew what was wrong. The basic thing was that I hated the fabric. So I ordered the right fabric and figured out what to do right with it.

And then I ordered the fabric and supplies for the bra. How many hours did I spend in front of the computer trying to figure out who to order from and exactly what to order? Hours down a seemingly endless hole.

For the past ten days it seems I have spending much of my life on the internet trying to get all of this sorted out. Weaving has suffered. I have been so anxious that I’ve neglected my aerobic exercising, though not my yoga. Even my bum ankle squawks at me when I sit for too long in front of the computer.

But at last I feel like I am coming out of that dark hole that sits in the computer screen and finally returning. It feels good to be leaving behind all that anxiety. Sewing can return to being a fun weekend activity, a change of pace from weaving activities.

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Distracted and Out of Sorts” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on June 9, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Anonymous said...

Oh dear, what a sad tale! I am afraid I am smiling as I read it, though, because I know exactly what you mean, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets that way when "fun" projects escalate out of control...

Leigh said...

Peg, you are a brave soul to attempt a bra as a sewing project! I can't even imagine ..........

Peg in South Carolina said...

Cally, I'm glad my sad story put a smile on your face. By the time I finished it, I must admit that I had a slight smile on my face as well.
Leigh, I don't know that I would call it bravery; just a mountain that I have to climb........