i’ve been busily sewing lately, trying to churn out goodies for an upcoming studio tour which kicks off in, gasp, 12 more sleeps. this will be my second year as a guest artist of my friend, the super-talented kim (who not only paints, draws and creates amazing mosaic glass pieces, but is also a first-class baker who has been sharing some of her recipes at crumbsbykim).
one of the lessons i learned last year was: for goodness’ sake, do not leave all of your creating to the last-minute. last year my procrastination lead to blood, sweat and tears in my sewing room (i am not exaggerating), and too many exclamations of “why, oh whyyyy am i doing this?”. crisis-driven sewing and crocheting is not fun.
characteristically, despite my hard-learned lesson last year, i find myself once again frantically trying to come up with just the right items to tempt this year’s discerning studio-tourers. will i never learn? to add to the struggle, i’ve been working on a few me-designed items which have taken significantly longer to refine than one would think, including some jersey-knit infinity scarves (more on those in another post) and these reversible headbands.
they look simple enough, don’t they? sure, now that i’ve sorted out the pattern and the process, i can make one rather painlessly, though getting to this point was far from painless. i spent an entire day doggedly trying to come up with the right shape, drafting and re-drafting, sewing lousy muslin after lousy muslin, muttering curses and vexing myself for pretending i was capable of coming up with something on my own (much the same experience i had with my phone cosies and my tobermory hat).
despite all the head-banging, i’m pretty happy with the results. overall, this is a comfortable and flattering headband that actually stays put (yes, it’s true!). being reversible, i think it’s a little more fun than a standard, one-print number, and it’s certainly more versatile. i really struggled with the seam that joins the elastic to the ends of the headband, until i came up with a really simple solution which you can see in the close-ups. the best part? no hand-stitching! and no necessary top-stitching, though i may go back and add some for accent.
once the studio tour chaos passes, i plan on writing up a tutorial for the headbands (as well as keeping my long-standing promise to write-up the patterns for the cosies and the hat), though, fair warning, i may procrastinate the tutorialing for just a bit longer so i can do some sewing for myself (i’m desperate to try making a hazel and some summery skirts, though i’m afraid by the time i get to make them, it will be fall). in the meantime, i’d love to hear from any of you who have experience selling your homemade wares – how do you do it without losing your sanity (or your shirt)?
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