Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another reason why I love Costco

Today I found another reason to be grateful for Costco. Other than it's amazing cheese selection and free samples, I met someone today who has literally turned my life around-- and I don't think she even knew what she was really doing for me.

Emily approached me today in the checkout line. I had just got off work, I was exhausted, and I made a few indulgent purchases that I am now wondering where my mind was-- in candy land?

"don't think I'm weird", she said, "but I read your blog!"

Me. Recognized for my blog. FIRST TIME.

"I think you are a great seamstress, and when I'm rich I'm going to have YOU sew all my clothes for me!"

Oddly enough, this is what about everyone says in an email. ???

I then complained to her that I can't sew when I get home from work and blah blah blah everything all of you have already read here. I told her I wish I could quit, and I do. Bridgette has grown accustomed to her  new lifestyle of brand name dog treats and toys from Ikea. 

She told me when she got pregnant she had to quit her teaching job, which she loved, to take care of her kids. Our passions are different, but our situations the same. I suppose she is working for a far greater good than me, but for a moment we understood each other. 

So, that's it. I'm in this people. And no more excuses. Emily has inspired me to continue to work on my personal sewing even when I'm dog tired from work and my fingers are all dried out from messing with polyester satins all day. 

Luckily, to get myself going, I called in "sick" on Monday and actually sat down and sewed for about 5 hours. It felt wonderful to do whatever I wanted for a whole day! It felt like old times. My previous post has a sketch I had done of a PD variation. I decided to nix the ruffles in order to have a more flattering chest line. But I do love my bell sleeves. The skirt I am still figuring out-- the one I had made (the first circle skirt I had ever done) is BEYOND not flattering on me. Circle skirt on large derriere = even larger looking butt. So I'm back to the drawing board. Here is the progress so far (one bell sleeve on a bodice):

Oh! and I'm making it out of forest green ponte knit


  1. I'm so glad you're back. I've missed you.

  2. So, I actually passed you earlier in Costco and recognized you but felt silly saying anything so I kept walking. I immediately knew that I was going to regret not saying "hi" because I really admire your talent and creativity and by golly that sort of information should be shared and not hoarded, don't you think? I'm so glad I tracked you down again! You are a very kind and beautiful person, I can tell that from your reading your blog and also how you treat crazy people at Costco. :) I'm glad that you are feeling creative again and hopefully you will find the time and desire to sew for yourself more often. Finding balance is hard isn't it?
    Pleasure meeting you today and I look forward to my custom Ellen Switzer wardrobe. (someday!)