Saturday, August 13, 2011

The calm before the storm

Many of you know that I am a student and with my university semester fast approaching full swing, I can't help but feel like this is the calm before the storm. There has been a ridiculous amount of sewing going on lately, but with my first assignment is due in just over a week and my prac teaching starting next Monday, I fear this enjoyable creative patch is due to end.

On top of that, there's been an extreme amount of anxiety and stress this past week during the lead up to selecting a school for my prac teaching block. I think anyone who came within a few meters of me this past week has heard me stress over this, because unlike during my undergrad (in the olden days to the younger students in my course), when selecting tutorials or other classes was done in person or via preferences, everything these days is online and the competition is fierce. When the clock ticks over and registration for anything opens in my course, everything fills up within seconds. That's hundreds and hundreds of positions that get snapped up within the first 60 seconds. There is no special consideration to those with family or work commitments, it's just first in first served, which means mega STRESS!

Thankfully after a stressful week, I was online just as school selection opened and managed to score my first choice, one of only two positions, for a little local school just a couple of minutes away from home - yay!
Back to the sewing. At the moment, my sewing space is in a state. It isn't pretty! I've half finished a skirt, but am so unhappy with the waistband that I think I may start again. I've been working on a master waistband for myself which is time consuming. I find most waistbands are too shaped for my 'up and down' frame and whenever I try to modify them they end up curving in funny ways. I'm no expert pattern drafter, so this has been a long process of trial and error. I'm also over half way through my second pair of jeans because after making three toiles for the first pair, I felt I needed to get more value out of that work and you can never have enough jeans! Then I have about four patterns traced waiting for attention on top of an ever growing 'to sew' list that needs some serious organisation.

I hope you all have a happy Saturday. I'm not work tonight, so you'll be able to find me at the machine.


  1. Yay to getting a school close to home. Best of luck with your prac.

  2. I am so glad that you got your first preference and that it is close to home. Prac is stressful enough without having to travel across the city. Good luck!


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