I made it known to the local home school community that I am available to do alterations. Back in the old days, I frequently had some project on my hands because word was out that I knew how to sew, but this is the first time I’ve offered my services locally. The response was great and I’m excited about getting back into sewing for pay.
A few weeks ago, a lady down the street approached me about babysitting her eight-year-old daughter two or three times a week after school for a couple of hours. I was tempted. I almost said yes. But the more I thought about it the more I knew it wouldn’t work. It would be a big commitment and would likely involve some additional requests for sitting. The more important factor, which I tried to suppress at first, is that I really dislike babysitting. I always have. I am happy to do it every now and again as a service to some other mom, but it is definitely a task I offer up as a sacrifice of love. I felt bad saying no to the lady down the street but in the end some good fruit came from the request. Thinking about babysitting got me thinking about the possibility of “working” a little bit and sewing immediately came to mind. It’s something I like to do and I can do it on my own terms. Mr. S. is on an earlier shift now and he isn’t working any overtime so I have more flexibility than ever before.
In our home school community there are, not surprisingly, families whose oldest children are (young) marrying age and it looks like my first alterations “patrons” will all be college girls and sisters needing bridesmaid dresses fixed. I’ve had two fittings so far and there are seven girls in this particular bridal party. Not sure if I’ll be working on the whole lot but the mom I talked to this morning indicated that a few more might be heading my way. I certainly encouraged her to tell them to contact me ASAP. Sounds like the wedding is in less than a month and there is no need for everyone to arrive on my doorstep the week before, now is there?
While some alterations intimidate me and I secretly hope no one asks me to do them (like hemming men’s pants and fitting regular old clothes) I have an affinity for formal wear and look forward to more of that kind of sewing. If I can help it, I plan to avoid “from scratch” sewing as it tends to be difficult thankless work, but handling lace and sequins and flowing hems sounds like fun to me. At least it does right now. I might be singing a different tune come the first really crazy project.
Well that’s what’s new on the Sparrow front. Hope you all are well!