Thanks to all of you who have heard me moan and allowed me to vent over the past few days. You know who you are.
Today, I finished and sort of delivered an outfit for an elderly neighbor at my mom's apartment complex. About 5-6 wks ago, I guess my mom told her that I sew.... so she caught me one day while I was at the complex. She wanted an outfit made. I told her that I didn't have the time right then, but when I freed up some time, I would let her know. Mind you, I've not sewn anything in quite a while.
Mom was a seamstress and taught me most of everything that I know about textiles and sewing all sorts of things. Thank you mom! Up until about 10 yrs ago, I used to sew most of my clothing. Then I got into other crafts, and sewing got pushed to the back burner.
Well, last week, I get to moms apartment and the neighbor comes over and says "I need this outfit made and here is the material". Not trying to make money off of her, she tells me its a pair of pants and a top. How much will I charge her? So off the top of my head, I say $20. She says, I don't need it right away. I ask for the pattern and she leaves to go get what I thought was the pattern. She returns with a pair of pants and a top and says "I want it made like this". In the words of my Southern girlfriend "Bless her heart".
Being the person that I am, I say ok. I'll see what I can do. Well, the shirt, pants and material sit on the back of the chair for a week while I'm figuring... I got lots of time to do this since she said she didn't need it right away. On Sunday, she stops by and says... do you think you'll have it done soon. LOL! I'm going out of town on Friday and I'd like to have it for my trip. So I say yes, I'll get it done. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! So for 2 days, being it was a holiday weekend, I didn't touch it. So on Tuesday, I take it home and on Wednesday, I pull everything out and am thinking.... what did I get myself into. I cut things out and begin to sew it up. I go to my moms that evening and have it with me to do a fitting on her.
She tries it on and the pants are about 4 inches too long. I said... I made it exactly the same length as the pants you gave me to pattern this after. Are those pants too long on you? She smiles and says 'Yes'. So I just grin. Double Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! So I mark the adjustments and tell her I'd have it ready today for her. I wake up early today and have some other things to do and some runs out of the house. I return home to finish the garments to take to her. In the meantime, I'm still doing other stuff. I finally finish about 8ish this evening. By the time I get to the complex, its around 9pm. My mom says... she came by looking for you. I said I've been calling you. She says... the phone never rang. Triple Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! Thats another story.
I go to her apartment and can't get her to open her door, so I call another neighbor and ask her if she is going to be up early. She says yes, I usually take Nicky (her dog) out about 7:30am. I said can I bring you this outfit so that she can get it from you early. Mom will not be up. I'll put a note on her door to tell her to come to you unless you see her first. Not a problem.
So, I sort of delivered the outfit.
And I am so done.