July has passed by very quickly. Time flies when you’re surrounding yourself with new hobbies and new skills to learn. I totally predicted that I would be quite free from work this July, because it’s the football off-season and there’s no pesky summer tournaments in 2017 like the Euros or World Cup. Which was why I signed up for not one, not two, but THREE sewing classes a week for July.
The first one was a Basic Sewing Class that is held twice a week. We learn how to make simple, basic bags and pouches, while practising essential sewing skills such as making seams, operating the sewing machine, measuring and cutting fabrics, and so on.
I admit that I was quite clueless for the first few lessons. Oh wait, I still feel a bit clueless even at my 9th lesson. The act of sewing itself isn’t difficult — just align the fabric at the right spot and keep it straight (or curved, if you’re sewing curves) while stepping on the pedal. It’s the measuring, marking, folding, and pinning which makes me confused. My brain is wired in such a way that I _need_ to see and know all the detailed steps in advance from start to finish, otherwise my mind gets bogged down and starts to muddle over each step-by-step portion. It’s not my teacher’s fault — of course she’ll break the lesson down into small steps and let us carry them out bit-by-bit, before moving to the next step. It’s Edward’s fault for having a dumbass brain.
The second class is one that I’m really interested in, a Basic Apparel Class where we learn to make simple pants and shirts. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) I’m constantly annoyed by how difficult it is to find pants / jeans selling in stores that are of my waist-size (27 inches).
I’ve lost a lot of fats in my waist and belly ever since I turned vegetarian, and I predict that I’m going to lose a bit more by the end of the year. I can’t buy smaller ladies sizes for pants because most of them are slim-fit designs — the thigh and calf cuttings are way too small for my legs. The male pants in stores are designed for fatasses, while the female ones are designed for anorexic legs.
So what’s the solution? Make your own pants.
It’s time consuming, and also a bit costly since I have to eventually invest in a sewing machine and sewing tools. But I want to give it a shot. The best way to learn something new is to just practice, practice, practice.
2) Dana Zane is not a real person.
In other news, Rightstuf just had a 30th anniversary sale for July where the majority of their catalogue of anime titles are on heavy discounts. I spent close to S$300 on Rightstuf, and then promptly went to Amazon.JP to purchase four more Amiibos. Combine this with the amount of spending to pay for my sewing classes, and you can understand why July is rainmaker season.