Hello fellow sewists and friends!
If you may have noticed, I’ve been absent from the sewing blogosphere for a little while. I’ve been dealing with my degenerative eye disease (keratoconus) which put me in a bit of sewing funk. After three doctors, many appointments and six months of waiting — I CAN NOW SEE!!!!! I got my new “eyes” (scleral lenses) a little over two weeks ago and after my last appointment early this week, I don’t have to go back again for six months! Let me tell you how WONDERFUL it has been with my clear sight. It is like a whole new world and I can now see with definition and clarity. Before, it was like looking through a fogged up, dirty windshield and now that windshield is clean and clear and I see things the way they are meant to be seen. I have been enjoying my sight as it has been a while since I have seen the world this well (and at 20/20!). My eye disease also gives me photo-sensitivity, halos and double vision and those eye issues are about 80% gone for me now with my lenses in. It is SO WONDERFUL. Words cannot express my gratitude to my optometrist, Dr. Barnett, at UC Davis for giving me my sight back. I feel very blessed and very fortunate. 🙂
If you are wondering — this is what I look like with my scleral lenses in. They are large lenses that cover my eye to the sclera (white part of the eye) and act like an ocular prostheses while they vault over my cornea and mask my eye irregularities. I really can tell how they are aiding me with photo-sensitivity as I don’t have to squint and close my eyes so much when light hits them. EYES WIDE OPEN!!
I also wanted to share this photo I took during one of my eye appointments.
Creepy, huh? They put a yellow dye in my lenses to see how they are fitting (my lenses are filled with sterile saline) and it makes my hazel eyes look like this!
Anyway….. I was holding off sewing until I got my new “eyes”. Honestly, although I really do love sewing, it has been a chore to sew for the last several months. I got by by squinting and concentrating a lot which led to a lot of headaches (which I do not have now). I found it hard to do many things that others do easily like reading pattern instructions and seeing where my thread was going whilst sewing. It was hard, but when you love something, you figure out a way to do it with limited vision. Now, everything is a breeze! I have been enjoying little things in life like seeing the TV clearly and driving myself around. Yep, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone….
I started sewing again last week and I’ve made two dresses (pictures soon!) and a couple of skirts! One dress I finished in one day! 🙂 My little helpers by my side every step of the way!
Well…. sometimes sleeping away!
So….. I’m getting back in the groove with the Monthly Stitch’s “Miss Bossy Patterns.”
You guys get to choose what I’m going to make next month! These are all patterns that I haven’t made yet and fabrics that have been sitting on my sewing list waiting to be made. You choose which one and tell me what to make!
Pattern #1 Simplicity wrap dress with “Degas Dancing Ladies” viscose challis (short sleeved version — first drawing on bottom)
Pattern #2 Vogue Tracy Reese v-neck dress with J Crew silk/cotton voile
Pattern #3 Vogue v-neck dress with pink cotton sateen and Anna Sui black lace overlay (short sleeved version)
Pick one and save them from my stash! lol 🙂
And yes, they are all dresses. You would be hard pressed to find me not wearing a dress. I wear dresses daily in every kind of weather. Ironically though, I am sitting here typing this wearing leggings and a Chicago Bears jersey….. hahaha 🙂 Yeah, so maybe not every day.
Thanks for choosing and I’ll look forward to being back here more often!
PS I think I’ll end the poll voting on 3/6/14. 🙂