Tuesday, May 5, 2009

So, taking photos is really difficult now...

I mean, really, really difficult. I can only estimate what I'm taking a photo of, and I have to always guess the setting and hope I hit the right button for it. I think I'll switch to film from now on, haha. (Except that my film camera doesn't have a light meter or flash and I have no idea how to properly take photos with it! Shame on me.)

Anyway, remember when I was on a vacation and I mentioned the amazing fabric store I stopped into in Taos, New Mexico? I got some beautiful China silk there, and I gushed about the blue. I finally got around to taking a picture of the fabric! I got blue and black to make a skirt, but now I'm not certain that's what I'll be making. Whatever I do make, however, will have french seams and will be perfect.

See??? It's beautiful! I think it looks better in person, but I just love this color. It drapes beautifully, too, and of course it is silky to the touch... it's a bit sheer, though, so I got the black for a second layer. Perhaps a loose-fitting dress? Hm... Any ideas?

In other news, I've been at such a loss for inspiration the last couple of days! I hate it when that happens, especially now when I know I don't have much longer to just sit and sew. Everything I touched seemed to become hideous or a bundle of scraps. It's terribly disheartening. I've been longing to just make something and have it click--to have that wonderful moment where the design goes from being just an image in your head to a beautiful garment that's even better than you imagined.

It's actually been since I made this hideous skirt (made infamous on twitter) out of all my black scraps. It was supposed to be like my blue scrappy skirt, but I just failed. On so many levels. Pretty much ever since then, with only a couple happy exceptions, I've been messing up, or not following through, or losing motivation. Hm. It's like a curse... perhaps I should get it out of my sewing room! Haha! I kid.

But tonight, thank goodness, I think I got some of my inspiration back! You see, there's this Fiber show thing that I'm hoping to contribute to this summer--June & July--and I currently have nothing to offer! But if these ideas I have pan out, I might just have some awesome, incredibly artsy things to display. (More on that later. Maybe I'll do a whole progression of "progress" pictures for you.)

When all else fails, there's the internet & photos on Flickr to help inspire me. What inspires you?


  1. That color is lovely. I have those times where i loose my creativity bubble and i hate that! But then i clear my head and try not to stress myself out thinking about ...it's usually then that i get inspired again.

  2. Darling, its awfully nice to know that geniuses like you also have uninspired moments!
    Usually shopping for fabric helps me get the creative juices flowing... or shopping for anything, really! :)
    That fabric is *amazing*! Will it be hard to sew? I have troubles w/ silky things... They gosh-darn move around!
    Sorry we got cut off on the phone! You were just about to say something and now I am dying of curiosity! :P
    Things are better here. Will probably never be quite the same, and I hate change, but I'm going to be a big girl and deal with it. haha.
    I love you!

    P.S. That fabric makes me think Audrey Hepburn. Something exotic and delicately beautiful...

  3. Frenchell, thanks! There was so much to choose from in the shop, it was amazing! & that's a good way of doing getting back your creativity, I'm going to have to try that! ^_^

    Aw, thank you, Dana! Haha, I'm no genius... just an obsessed sewing maniac! You know what's strange? I'm the opposite! Fabric shopping usually makes me feel like I have too many choices... I think I work better when I have to make do with what I have on hand! Strange. I hope your skirt is coming along, I can't wait to see pictures!!

    I hope this fabric won't be too hard to sew--I always get fed up with tension adjustments on my machine when I work with lightweight stuff, because it puckers, y'know?

    Aww, you're in my prayers, doll-face. The pictures are so devastating, but I'm thankful everyone is okay!


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