Well the adventure has stalled until after the holidays when I have the energy to go find some suede..
O/T - but still sewing:
At the present time I'm making matching shorts to the shirt I made for Nathan last week. I was really discouraged by it because I followed the shirt pattern to the T and the neck came out really big. The arms were a little wavy (curly) but it was the neck that bugged me. Well today I wet it under the sink and threw it into the dryer (it's a single knit) and when it came out - low and behold the neck had shrunk up and it's perfect! Granted the arms are still a little curly but I found that endearing and not an imperfection! So - I'm inspired to make the shorts tonight so he can wear the outfit on Christmas day while he opens all his presents.
Jayne - I knew that you'd be posting Mary Jane type shoes when I saw a link! Those are so precious! For $10 it's almost less expensive to buy them in order to get such wonderful materials - don't you think? Oh and Nathan wears a solid size 6 in regular shoes if that helps you decide on whether your little guy has monster feet! :LOL
Back to the shoe talk:
I was telling my mother about all of my shoe "fun" and the changes I'd need to make - I told her I didn't know if I'd pick the pair or shoes back up or just give up on making shoes permanently. She told me not to let them get the best of me and be defeated. She encouraged me to work my way through it and that I'd be happy I had. I know that she's right - that's how I've been breastfeeding so long (and happily).
Well as I was reading posts on another board I saw this quote in someone's signature, I'd seen it before and it meant a lot to me then too:
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
Now, granted courage is a big word to use when talking about sewing shoes - I'm not going to fight a war or anything but it's appropriate. Sometimes a failure (or semi-failure) scares me and I could use some courage! Whenever I read that quote I hear myself repeat the last line a few times while nodding my head, "I will try again tomorrow, yep, I will try again tomorrow" and I feel better - knowing that I can do it - I just have to try again!
Ok - the sappy post is over but I just had to share. Sewing is difficult and gratifying for me. I'm the type that likes to re-invent the wheel because I didn't know one had been made already!
Thanks for listening and helping me though this journey!