Another day in; another day out.
Date: November 21, 2013
Days Spent on Project: 278
Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC
Person I would have sent it to: Margaret St. J.
Margaret was another one of the full-time stitchers at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She had also been there for several years, working on who knows how many productions, how many costumes.
She had a wicked great Southern accent, and a great sense of humor to go along with it. Game for anything, she had the energy to tackle any project that came her way, any costume that needed piecing together- whether it was silk taffeta petticoats for A Christmas Carol, or a bias cut silk chiffon dress.
During the first season that I was at Actors Theater, her husband passed away. As a 22 year old who had just moved to their city, I didn’t know her very well yet, but she was obviously and rightfully upset. By the time my second season was winding down and I was psyching myself up for grad school, she had started to “hang out” with another fella… a man she had known back in high school. A man she had dated at that time in her life. It made her smile fully again.
Music I listened to while sewing: I’m on my New Orleans playlist… which basically means a whole bunch of jazz I discovered when I watched the Ken Burns documentary, months ago.
Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Today, I am going to build TWELVE DRESSES in my apartment. I think I can do it.
I cut out all the pattern pieces yesterday and threw together a mock-up to learn how best to tackle the project. I think it’ll be okay. I wish I had a serger here- it would easier to finish some of these edges and I’d be more comfortable sewing dance-wear with one- but how often do I sew spandex?
Keep learning, kids!