Hello Sewists! Well, I may not have sewn anything for the last five weeks but I’m not going to let that stop me from blogging! One more week in plaster then, from what I can gather, I will have one of four potential outcomes;
- A miraculous recovery, light physiotherapy and everything’s back to normal.
- Some kind of splint, lots of physio…
- Another cast…
- If it’s all gone horribly wrong… an operation and metal inserted.
I’m hoping for outcome 1. At worst, a mixture of 1 & 2!
I’ll try not to harp on about it, but I’m really surprised that I haven’t been able to do more with it while it’s been in a cast. I honestly thought that after two weeks I’d be sewing again, but it just isn’t happening. Last friday I tried a bit of unpicking but couldn’t make it to the end. And ironing is still a struggle (and somewhat dangerous) – and of course, I remember someone saying ‘If you can’t iron, you can’t sew’ – harsh words… but kinda true!
The most annoying thing is that I can think of so many things I want to make, to make my time with a broken arm easier… but by the time I’d be able to make them, I wouldn’t need most of them anymore. (Obviously, slings that match my shirts, a handy shoulder bag, just the right height (and fastenings) to work with one hand. Pull on trousers, more TShirts, zip up tops, a loose jumper… the list goes on…!)
My CousinA once said to me (halfway through painting our living room) that if a shark stops swimming, it sinks. I knew exactly what he meant at the time, and I feel it even more keenly now.
I think it’s safe to say that I can reveal a few cards that I was holding close to my chest. I had big plans for Halloween this year, which I just can’t imagine achieving now. I was absolutely desperate to use these Burda costume patterns and had started to imagine how I might make them a bit more relevant…
Jon Snow and Jack Sparrow, anyone…? I know, not too original… any suggestions on how to pimp these patterns are very much welcomed!
It’s been both fun and frustrating watching instagram roll by. I’d hoped to join in with the #SewingSansFrontiers challenge to sew a kaftan… my friend MrsHart (who was going to recieve the kaftan) was especially miffed that I couldn’t participate. And I’m struggling along with #sewphotohop as best as I can. That’s a particular disappointment as it was the photohop that spurred me onto instagram (which led me here) where I found all you lovely people! I’m still hoping that I’ll be back at the machine in time to complete #SewingTheScene this year, but I’m pretty sure I’m deluding myself! Still, I’m not telling you about that yet… there’s still the Needle Case Tutorial Blog to dust the cobwebs off… the clock’s seriously ticking on that one! 😂
If you do follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I’ve managed to keep the tap class up. And THANK GOODNESS! It’s about the only thing keeping me sane at the moment. I’m not totally convinced that it’s aiding my recovery, but I hope its not hindering it either.
And, yes, that is the shorts from This Post in full tapping action!
Have you seen Portia’s #therefashioners is back again too. I’m really enjoying the inspirational blog posts this month. I’ve even got half an idea for an entry, but, especially after realising how much work goes into it Last Year, it looks like time is not going to be on my side.
It looks like as soon as I’m able to work again, I should take a month off to catch up with my sewing pile! I’d love to organise a Sew-cation sometime and just steal someone’s dog & drive off with MrA and a car full of sewing supplies to somewhere remote. I’d have to steal the car as well as the dog though, then it all starts getting tricky!
Lastly, I think the shift to SewAndrew.com has gone smoothly… so far…? I had trouble referencing an old blog post, but then it showed up. Hopefully none of you are having any issues navigating the site?
Think healing thoughts for me and hopefully I’ll be back to bombarding you with hundreds of construction photos of my makes in no time at all. (Remember, that needle case tutorial is a very real threat, still looming over all of us!) until next time…
… Happy Sewing!
Notes to self;
- Take it easy when the cast comes off. Do the exercises & follow Dr’s orders.
- Organise sewing projects into a relevant order.
- Start polishing up that needle case tutorial!
I’m so hoping for outcome n°1!!
Thank you! Keep your fingers crossed at 2pm gmt then! 👍🤞🙏👏😃
Ah I really feel for you; how frustrating it must be. I hope that you get the best possible outcomes to your options Andrew 👍X Josie
Thank you Josie 🙏 hopefully there’s no complications and I can start physio right away 🤞👍🙏
Andrew, I’ve been reading along with your sewing adventures, and now your time with your broken wrist. I’ve broken mine too (twice!), it takes a while after the cast is off to get back to normal. Keep doing those exercises and soon you’ll be back at the sewing machine. I enjoy seeing the garments you’ve made. It encourages me to get back in to sewing clothes. Keep well, Kathy in the US
Thank you so much Kathy! I’ve been reading up on it and I (foolishly) hadn’t realised quite how much time it would take after the cast comes off! Still, I’m good at exercises, and pretty diligent, so hopefully I’ll be lucky 🍀👍🙏🤞 All the best, Andrew 🙏😊
I hope for the best outcome. Drink some turmeric tea – it reduces inflammation – and listen to the docs.
That’s good to know, thank you. I’ve got comfrey oil to rub into it and all the vitamin and mineral supplements I need (… I think!) but I’ll add turmeric tea into the mix as well! Every little helps!
Two things, things we have in common…
When I needed an elaborate pirate costume for a song and dance show ( yes we even did a tap number!) that I performed in, I used Simplicity 2333, sewing up the double-breasted, maxi-length coat in a dark blue velvet and multi colored velvet for the lapels and cuffs. That costume has served me well in the last few years at Halloween Parties. I’m sure you could do something fantastic with it, more Jack Sparrow than Jon Snow.
When I was in high school, the summer before my senior year, I managed to break a bone in my right hand. A cast on my arm was going to severely limit my ability to practice gymnastics that summer. I still went to the gym, did a lot of trampoline and managed to learn an aerial cartwheel. My tramp routine didn’t get that much better, but I was about the only male gymnast that could do an aerial cartwheel! So the broken hand was a blessing in disguise!
Keep thinking Pirate, and keep tappin’ , because no broken arm can stop your legs!
Thank you, that cheered me up! I don’t think I’ll be cartwheeling for a while, but I’m not ruling it out! 😅🙏
Oh, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this! Healing thoughts send your way.
Thank you 👍🙏
Thoughts and prayers that #4 is not an option!
When my e-mail notified me of a post on AndrewSews, I thought must be someone I signed up to read? But then I opened it and said “Oh! Its you!” LOL!!
Those refashioned overalls are to die for! Kid, I knew you could sew, but holy cow those are hip and happenin!! Killer overalls!
Haha! Well the shift-over worked seamlessly then! 😂
Thanks for the good wishes 🙏
Fingers crossed it all goes to option and nnote’to self’ #1 – especially as we all know how bad you are at following the instructions 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤞🤞🤞
Haha! Sewing instructions, yes! I’ll let you have that 😂!
I’ve been doing some swotting up on physio exercises on YouTube in preparation for Friday!
I’m looking forward to giving it a good wash first though 🤕😅😂👍🙏🤞
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you! Your first ‘note to self’ is very important! x
Thank you 🙏 I’ll take all the help I can get! 😅👍🙏👏