Scalloped Hem Jacket
Photograph: Robert Lucy
|Suitcase of Self-made Garments, 2011|
In Grand Central station, board a train heading north. The Hudson line travels alongside the water. Beyond the city the view thorough the window transforms into a wide expanse of moving river. On the far bank stand masses of trees in lavish color. Have brought mending along and alternate between it and gazing out the window.
When sewing sometimes I listen to stories (Fresh Air, This American Life, the Moth) and music. This is song is both-- it's about sewing!
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
I had finished the cotton batiste skirt that afternoon. It has a zipper closure in the back, sewn in place by hand because machine stitches lay too heavily on the breeze-like batiste. A discarded linen sheet was made into this blouse, a left-over piece of cloth became a sash. (How comfortable it is to wear a sash. The quasi-weightlifter's belt has merit outside of the gym.) The hat, made with a deep crown, initially seemed too big. Having discovered it is possible to put my hair up under the hat it has now become a favorite. Hats were the first step in making a completely homemade wardrobe.