- it's in a color I love
- it was on sale
- I don't want to make a mistake
- I don't want to spend more money to replace the fabric if I do make a mistake
- don't want to waste it either
- I want to have even my muslin work out with only minor changes.
I use candles to pray, to send healing energy, to remind myself to release & send it all up to the Divine for transformation. I just picked up a few new Reiki charged candles at Crystal Voyage this past weekend. As I set them up on my altar, I kept noticing that the candles I chose were the same color as my fabric. It wasn't until a day later, that I realized I could have released my fears of cutting and fabric mistakes to the Divine to be transformed. Hmm...
"Aho! All things great and holy, Blessed Mother, Sacred Father, Divine and ascended seamstresses, tailors, designers who have passed on, I pray, would you assist me with this creative project? I am afraid. I would like to release those fears and walk forward in faith & appreciation knowing I am fully supported and growing with each step of this project. I know there is nothing too great or too small. I know not why this is important for me, but it matters to me. I know that you would not fill me with the inspiration to see if it were not part of my sacred path. I give thanks for the help I receive. I'm grateful for the ease, enlightenment, and forward motion. Blessed be."
It feels strange to release something as minor as a sewing project to the divine for help. Sewing is part of my passion and life's work. Don't we all pray for help in our work at some time or another? Wouldn't it be easier if we released the outcomes of our daily work to Mother & Father God for assistance? As much work as I've done to trust the Divine, I still have times when I continue to get stuck in those fears and then let myself stay back and not proceed. This must be a moment that I'm being held back so I will really consider things on a deeper level than before. For that I am grateful.
I looked at all the pieces, measured hips in both CC and EE size. I took out each seam allowance and estimated what the final dimensions would be if I excluded the front (with welt pocket) from the grading up at the hips. I measured my underarm length, then measured the pattern and roughly estimated where my waist would be. Then graded from CC to EE on sides & back only. I lose about 1" of ease. Not too bad!
It took me 2 nights (I had short amounts of time due to other commitments), but I finally got all the pieces cut out. Didn't seem like a lot of pieces until I got down to the last 5. I was able to conserve a piece of fleece approximately 30" x 24". Yay! Maybe I can use it on another project.