Thursday, April 7, 2016

We've Reached That Time of Year

It's 40 degrees this morning, and will be an unseasonably warm 80 by the end of the day.  I used to fret that I didn't have and appropriate clothing for such temperature swings, but I have now decided that there IS no appropriate clothing for 40-degree swings.  For Me Made Monday I opted for the first 25-piece jacket I made:
 
which is, incidentally, not warm enough for morning and too warm for afternoons.  But it looks spectacular in my closet, don't you think?

Tomorrow I have the day off, so I'm hoping to get some more sewing & quilting projects prepped.  I'm so exhausted by the end of the day that I haven't been sewing in the evenings after I got the jacket finished.  I need VERY simple projects when I'm tired, and while I still make an awful lot of stupid decisions, trying to lay out fabric while tired isn't one of them.  Not anymore, at least.  Or not this week.

It has now been 102 days since I last bought fabric, and there was a moment this week when I thought this might be a problem.  Those of you who sew have probably heard that Hancock Fabrics is going out of business.  Those of you who have been in one of their stores in recent years probably won't be surprised by this--I know I wasn't.  However, they were the only local place to find nicer apparel fabrics like gaberdine, wool anything, sheeting, etc. Gabardine on clearance might have really done it for me, but if you visit their website, you'll find that the liquidators have everything marked up HIGHER than anything has been for years.  Even patterns, which are almost always on special somewhere for $1-$2 are only half off, and they have bins of those things to clear out.  So, I'm not even tempted.  Between their constant upselling, fabric consistently being cut crooked because their counters didn't have scissor-guides and humans cannot cut straight, getting shorted yardage repeatedly through their website, and their stores not carrying a nicer thread than Coats & Clark, I rarely used them anymore anyway.  When I use up enough fabric to legitimately need to find more apparel fabric, I guess I'll be checking the internet--or whatever the new communication tool is in 2025......