Hello my friends,
I hope you are well. I have missed you and all the many weeks of posting and crafting. I feel a bit disoriented. Back in November when I wrote my last post I had just lost my job and that was the catalyst that sent me into a bit of a tail spin. I would like to tell you that the spinning has subsided and that I am back and excited to create and write and share all of my many projects with you. But the truth is I am fumbling and still mostly uninspired and not creating much and although I am lonely without my muse I can't seem to get myself to look very hard to find her.
I don't mean to give the impression that I am miserable for that is truly not the case. I am quite fortunate. Financially I was never in a position that was terribly critical. I have continued to maintain and even increase my income from my Ebay store, the hubby makes good money and was able to cover our financial obligations and I found a new job in only a few short weeks. My friends and family are all well and I live mostly in a state of pleasant contentment. And yet something is not quite as aligned as it used to be. I am aware of a subtle shift in how I saw my life before. There seems to be a slightly new shape to settle into and I am not quite comfortable yet. Perhaps I should not be surprised to experience growing pains at this stage in my life and yet there is a lingering miss-belief from my childhood that holds firm to the falsehood that grownups had it all figured out and therefore had outgrown the pain of growing anymore.
I have been struggling with how to define this present state that I find myself in and I found the answer in a lovely little book first published back in 1955 called Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Some of it is quite outdated particularly when it comes to women's roles in society but most of is it is still quite relevant as it pertains to the human condition that we all must find our own way through this life. In the book she writes about achieving a state of inner spiritual grace and the idea that we all go through periods in our lives when we are in grace and periods when we feel out of grace.
That struck a cord with me and I feel it is the best way to describe where I am right now, somewhere out of grace. I am ashamed to admit that the long periods of being in grace in my life I have treated as more of a birthright than then a blessing. And although I feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable in my present state I trust that I will be able at some point to feel in grace again.
Perhaps that is enough yammering for now. This project has been a bit of a struggle there were times when I felt inspired to work on it and other times when I just made myself work on it. But it is completed and I think a step in the right direction.
I started with these two men's short sleeve t-shirts.
And a basic pattern for a woman's long sleeve t-shirt. That I added the diagonal cut to.
If you cut a pattern like this be sure to add the seam allowance back on. I almost totally messed this up by forgetting that step.
The front and back look like this once they are sewn together.
The sleeves took a lot of frankenstein piecing together :-)
They turned out really long so I was able to take the light stripe out of the dark sleeve.
I was able to reuse the original collar by trimming is down and making it a little more feminine.
And once it was all sewn together it looked like this.
I hope to be back soon.