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I Dream In Blue
Here in southern Pennsylvania we do get all 4 seasons, though Fall and Spring seem to be about 2 weeks. Curse you global warming! I'm also part reptile so my body temp tries to match the current outside temperature. In the winter I need lots of layers and in the summer I need light clothing that breaths. I also need hamsters to feed on. ;)
Does it effect what you sew?
Yes indeed. In effort to keep warm I'm almost a 100% pants wearer in the cold months. I might sew one dress for a fancy occasion during that time. The rest of my sewing is tops that go with pants, blazers, leggings and if I'm feeling crazy some actual pants. Then I remember that my backside does not fit into pants and I make a hasty retreat back to knit tops.
In the summer my sewing is just one dress after another with a pair of shorts thrown in so local people stop asking why I'm so "fancy."
Do you sew for summer in summer, winter in winter, etc. or do you plan ahead so you can wear your creations in season?
At the beginning of the season I stick with clothing that works with the current season. As winter/summer drags on and I get tired of being perpetually cold/hot then I usually start sewing for Spring/Fall. An illicit dress project in late winter or jacket project in late summer feels so good that it must be bad for you. Guess who has 3 summer dresses planned this month. This Girl!
Are there any things you have made specifically because of the climate where you live?
Most of the clothing I make works well for my climate except maybe those light jackets that you only need for 2 weeks. However wool jackets get a lot of use and I have no guilt about the 5 colors of wool coating in my stash.
How has stash busting hindered or helped?
Last year my stash was a little winter heavy in the woven area, but I filled it in with a lot of pretty cotton prints. So now the stash is just about perfect. I've found it pretty easy to sew up patterns with fabric that I already have. My brain does still jump to "buy something NEW!' but then I take a look around and usually find something that will work. Thinking of my future adult child taking all my fabric to the dump helps too. No Son, I thought I taught you better than that!!!!
What time of year do you get the most sewing done?
Well it's too cold outside in the winter, too hot in the summer and I have pollen allergies in the Spring. So I'm outside for those 2 weeks of Fall and sew the rest of the time. ;) Only a slight exaggeration.
Does sewing help you stay sane in the winter?
Some people doubt that I was ever sane to begin with, but the answer is Yes. Actually I'm a fan of winter cause the cold temps keep me from feeling bad about keeping my kid inside so I can sew. I can sneak in some more sewing and he gets some home made cookies. It's win/win!
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