I always get a little disoriented during this time of year. It's "Back to School" time and my mojo always gets out of the way because I can get quite bitchy when summer vacation ends. This school-year is different because, if all goes according to plan, I'll be retiring at the end of it. My attitude about my last year working in a large and failing urban school district is not the best. Frankly, it sucks. Trying to keep a rein on all that sucky-ness is stressful and the stress has leached into other parts of my life - including sewing. But, I don't worry anymore when my mojo takes a powder. Eventually things will fall into place and I'll be a happy sewer again - even if I'm unhappy at work.
Recent sewing projects have been for my daughter. She wanted more dresses and selected three Burda patterns. Her tastes are very conservative for a 21 year-old. (I wonder where she got that from?). She has no interest in the sewing process - only the finished garment. So, I selected several patterns I thought she'd like and printed them out. Instead of searching through an entire pattern catalog, she had to search through only a few pages.
Just when I thought my mojo was back, I started working on an outfit that will be totally inappropriate for the season by the time I finish it. I ran into a little problem. I'm using a soft, sheer fabric I bought during at Fishman's Fabrics during PR Weekend. It's so soft and sheer, it bunches up under the presser foot and a glop of thread forms on the underside. According to Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide, I should be using a small hole needle plate on my sewing machine. I don't own a small hole needle plate, so a trip to my dealer is in order. I was disappointed when I couldn't work on the blouse. My mojo tried to come back to me but was prevented from doing so because I didn't have the right equipment. I'm sure the trip to the sewing machine dealer for a new throat plate will be inspiring and my mojo will come back home where it belongs.