The original title of this post was going to be “What I Wore to Hurrican Harvey” – well, never mind about that now. Events in the past couple of weeks have given me a case of emotional whiplash. After the wondrous solar eclipse, my city was hit by a hurricane of historic proportions, and flooding of unimaginable magnitude; it caused devastation; and it caused death; and it’s not over. This apocalyptic language is not an exaggeration; one had to live here to actually see it and feel it. I feel gratitude for being spared the worst, but I bleed inwardly for those bearing the brunt of Harvey the Hurricane. S, I am so shook that you’ll find this post a little rambling. Sorry, I missed posting last Tuesday.
I learned that you can prepare only so much for such an event; and Harvey was an unknown before it hit the Texas coast. Dangerous unknowns remained aftrewards, and became obvious in a couple of days. As the aftermath unfolds, the devastation increased exponentially. I have never seen flooding of this kind – ever. My friend, Judy, lost her home and stayed with me for a few days into the Harvey aftermath.
Let’s move to the comforting part of this post. Since we were relegated to staying home, sewing was on my agenda. It always is.
The Harvey Bias Tube Pajamas
I started with cotton fabric bias “tubes” which have inhabited my stash for many years. Let me start by saying what my fabric tubes are not; they’re not the thin bias tubes used for spaghetti straps; they are not the tube you create when you’re making bias strips (for binding). Know what I mean? Here, I’m referring to a large fabric tube, large enough to cut an adult garment out of. There’s a way of making those, and wait for it, here comes the brag. I wrote about the technique in Threads, issue #107, back in 2003. Well, pictured here are pajama pants made with the fabric tubes I made to demonstrate that technique to sewing groups. Finally, those tubes of cotton fabric got made into something. What do you think of the prints? I love both the bandana and the “buildings” prints; pajamas should be fun.
Oh wait…. I’ve cut out a third pair of pajama bottoms in a teacup print. Everyone knows about my tea habit. This pair, though, is going overseas to the UK.
Judy’s Spanish Tortilla
While she was here, my friend Judy cooked up some delicious food. (Psst – the Spanish tortilla is really an omelette with onions and potatoes. Ultimate comfort food.)
What’s next on my sewing list
I’m attempting to sew a shirt for my son-in-law. I have a lot of sewing under my belt, but never a man’s shirt. How hard can it be, right?
At this time, my daughter and I are gathering things for displaced families who are in need. Local churches and mosques are collecting donations of the usual items – non-perishable food, toiletries, new towels, new socks, new undies. No clothing items at this time.
Houston is abuzz with people helping people, including organized groups of young people offering free cleaning services to those whose houses need it. Yep, it’s the young who usually come through when times are tough. I am so proud that I want to cry.
I’m sorry for this rambling post. It’s hard to get my thoughts together.