The quilts are done. The pillows are done. The purse, the napkins, and the tote bags are done.
I did a double-take. A month to go, and only four presents left to make? Four quick, easy presents? Whaaat?
Self, I said, it's time for some self-indulgent sewing.
Hungrily, I hauled out my bag of thrift store/vintage/to-be-altered clothing, and dumped it on the floor.
All this week, with Thanksgiving looming distractingly in the near future, I carved out a few hours of sewing time and devoted it to myself.
Oh, it felt good. As many of you know, I have a hard time spending time on myself. (Money, on the other hand, is no problem...) I'm working on this. Certainly, my new-found love of refashioning helps. I can rationalize: I'm just a beginner, I don't want to flub someone's gift, for goodness sakes. Perhaps it's better if I just sew this one little thing for myself. Because then I'll have a new skirt for Friday night...
(For those who are curious: the dress is vintage, bought at a yard sale this summer for $5. I repaired a tear with a little interfacing and creative embroidery, and hemmed it. The skirt in the middle was a thrift-store purchase, about ankle-length and a size 2. I cut the top off so it would fit my waist, made a waistband, and added some elastic. All I did to the sweater [also thrifted] was take it in. A lot. The skirt on the right used to be a button-down shirt [if you click on the picture you'll be able to see the buttons]. I bought it at Salvation Army, and altered it using this tutorial.)
All this has result in four new things to wear, and a quite obnoxious amount of pride. Next week, it's back to the presents.