Hmph. I've been experiencing a bit of writer's block lately. Is it ok for me to say that?
I don't think I'm completely comfortable with my blogging voice yet. In fact, the actual writing on my blog is what I feel most insecure about. When someone I know in real life tells me that they read my blog, I always feel super awkward about it. It's like they've seen a more vulnerable side of me than I wanted them to. Somehow I feel better about sharing my life and random thoughts with strangers than I do with acquaintances from high school. My Dad loves to look at my most recent post and read it aloud, which always succeeds in embarrassing me. He also loves to quote me from time to time and calls me by my crafty alter-ego "Verbena".
I wish I had the wit and creative ability to write clever posts like so many of the bloggers I adore. Maybe I just need to be more honest? That and stop over-thinking and analyzing every little word. How's that for New Year's resolution? Plus eating healthier and spending less time on the computer and more time actually completing projects.
That being said, I have quite a few projects that are in the works right now. One that I've been working on for over a month and includes a free pdf download! So hopefully soon I'll get them done and be able to share with you.
I was so excited to FINALLY get my serger to work. I got it at Joann for one of the Black Friday sales and had about had it with threading and re-threading only to have it break on me right away. Then I noticed there was a teeny tiny little hook that the thread to my lower looper was supposed to be pulled through. Apparently this makes all the difference. Now the clothes I make can have clean, finished edges, which is pretty much amazing.
I made these pajama shorts using the same thrifted pattern as I did here.
I'm just crazy about those overlocked edges. It's amazing how much more professional these look and feel compared to my previous work.
It turned this un-ruly linen into a tamed, clean edge.
I've found it's easiest to serge all of my pattern pieces before beginning any actual construction. Here's a sneak peek of what I'm working on right now:
If you're interested, I have the Singer 14CG754 Serger. I've only really been using it for a few days now but I can say that I'm really happy with it's performance thus far.