Covid-19 Chronicles

We are now in our 3rd month of shelter-in-place and I’ve definitely spent my time differently than before. Exploring new things is not a new behavior for me but the direction that curiosity takes is certainly channeled by pandemic-imposed restraints.

One of the things I’ve been learning to do while sheltering-in-place is a tailoring technique called “pad stitching”. Bernadette Banner has a great video with Royal Black Couture showing how a pro does it. I’m just trying to keep my coat (that I started making in January) collar from folding over limp in the 90 degree May weather so my implementation is much simpler. The stitching is meditative and calming. When I finally do finish my coat, maybe by August, I’ll be excited to show you the overall effect.

Pad Stitching the Front Facing of a Wool Coat

The next thing I’ve been working on is figuring out how to sustainably reduce my closet contents. Previously, I tried ThredUp to sell clothing and shoes and that was a good experience. I sent 5 garments in, they accepted 4 and sold all of them. ThredUp set the price but allowed me to adjust it. I didn’t bother because I figured their AI was better equipped than I to suggest a price we’d both benefit from. The only downside is the time it takes to list an item. It could be months between the time you put it in a ThredUp clean-out bag and the time it gets listed. And it could be another month(s) before it sells.

Recently, I tried PoshMark, a fashion consignment app, just for shoes that I love, love, love but that I probably will never wear again or not frequently enough to cost closet space. While I don’t understand yet what it takes to be a hip Posher or a party Posher, I was able to list in one day a few pairs of shoes and within a week, sold and shipped my first pair to a good home.

And other recent thing I did was figure out how to make a clutch (a type of purse) out of scraps (from the aforementioned coat) thanks to a Creative Bug Class by Fancy Tiger Crafts. With the recent layoffs of 130+ people at Bluprint, formerly Craftsy, an e-learning company now owned by NBC, I am even more grateful for learning resources that I can use at home. And especially the resources that help me #madedo by #scrapbusting with what I have.

I have a few more projects and explorations in the queue and coming soon. Enjoy! And, if you’d like to drop me a line and let me know what you’re working on, I’d love to hear it. Yours in Pandemic Times, Jennifer