Living In The Blank White Spaces At The Edge Of Print
My sewing machine has finally arrived and since I can’t actually open it just yet, I’m reduced to stocking up on sewing patterns and supplies.
Wednesday and Thursday were particularly sucky days this week, for different reasons, so by Friday I was ready for some retail therapy. Since I’m on a tight budget these days, I headed to Lifeline.
There is nothing like rummaging to make me feel better, and I spent a quite enjoyable hour sorting through two bulk bags of sewing patterns to come away with a shopping bag full for $5. Aside from the more practical patterns such as kids tracksuits, swimming costumes, and work clothes, I loved all the vintage retro style patterns, and they have now found a new home with me, along with some kids costumes (future Book Weeks lol), a Vera Wang designer, and doll clothes patterns.
There was one that I bought simply because of the political incorrectness of it, in this age of everything being so politically correct; I find it subversively funny. It is a beautiful child’s jacket pattern showing a boy with a hoop positioned above a little girl holding out flowers to him. He is looking down at her with such a classic patronising look, she is looking up at him with such a hopeful to please expression. Completing the historical snapshot is a little note underneath the description stating (Not Suitable For Chubby Children). The whole thing reminds me of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’…