Here’s a thing I know for sure. If you sew, it’s not good to have a cat who likes to eat thread. This isn’t just a passing fancy. Oh no, Luna lies in wait for me to walk away from the sewing table for just a minute so she can pounce. She unthreads the sewing machine and the serger multiple times a day. She hunts for stacks of fabric so she can suss out the straggling threads. She stalks the shelves where I store my supplies to see if she can locate stray spools. This morning I walked into the kitchen and found a hank of embroidery floss she has stolen from S’s bedroom overnight. Not only is it a giant pain–I have to thread and re-thread both my sewing machine and serger every time I leave them unattended–it’s also not safe for her since those threads can potentially tear up her intestines. So, cat lovers, any ideas how to train our lovely Luna to stop? I keep a spray bottle nearby, but that’s only a deterrent while I’m attentive to the situation. And my sewing space is in the living room, so I can’t close the door to keep my little thief away from harm.
We have a friend here in Madrid who makes custom cakes, and lately she’s been making endless unicorn cakes. But I wonder if florals will be the new trend in cake decorating? This first cake, below, reminds me of a Rifle print! Fun. (Also, a hobby I refuse to get started with. For me, it’s a rabbit hole….)
Love these neutral-toned outfits. And the channel stitching on that Geoffrey Beene coat is stunning, isn’t it? You could easily do something similar with our Weekend Getaway Dress pattern, which makes a great coat.
If your outfit is feeling incomplete, it may just be missing a sewing-inspired hat. (The giant spool is genius, isn’t it? Luna would love it.)
And on the kitty theme, do you know anyone who needs a little animal love in their life? These are so cute! I wonder if S would wear a T with a cat on one sleeve.
These photos are from an old Chloe collection, but they inspired me to alter our Gelato Dress to achieve a similar look. I’ll share the photos and a tutorial with you soon.
What’s inspiring you these days?
Weekend Reading (and Watching)
- The revolutionary story of the Singer sewing machine. (Thanks to Brenda for sending this link!)
- We haven’t seen Little Women yet because S wants to finish reading the book first. Have you seen it? The story behind the costumes and costume designer is quite intriguing! Here’s a little more information, too.
- Also, have you seen this yet? It’s a one-minute film (in Farsi with English subtitles) that’s so touching and lovely. And so well considered.
- This exhibit at the Centre National du Costume de Scène in France looks very worth seeing. It’s fascinating to see how dance and fashion inspire each other.
- What is the carbon footprint of your closet–including your sewing projects? This questionnaire from ThreadUp can help you answer that. I tried to include all my personal sewing when I answered the question, and while I don’t buy many clothes, when I include the items I make it certainly increases my footprint. Speaking of which, this article is quite enlightening as well.
- Once again is looks like Li’s forecasts are spot on. I think her observations are just fascinating.
- What a lovely reminder to slow down and let nature inspire us.
We have lots of fun blog posts in store for you next week, so come back soon! In the meantime, what are your sewing plans this weekend? I’ll be working on some plaid skirts for S!