1. I have packed up my sewing room except for my magazines. It's so annoying not being able to go do a bit of sewing whenever I feel like it but since I move a week tomorrow it was necessary to get everything ready to go, alas. Packing up even that much turned out to be MUCH harder on me in my current state of health than I expected so I am very glad some family members are coming to help me out with the rest in a few days.
2. In the absence of sewing projects to do, I decided to cast on yet another pair of socks. So far, all my socks have just been straight stocking stitch because I pretty much felt like I had enough to cope with working out how to knit socks at all. This time I decided to try out a pattern with the very smallest amount of extra complexity, and picked Hermione's Everyday Socks (Ravelry link), a very popular free pattern with just the smallest of added details of a little texture. It's going swimmingly so far, except I managed to make one stupid mistake in the ribbing that I didn't notice soon enough and now can't fix without essentially frogging all the work I've done so far, ugh. That is the worst thing about knitting.
3. My commitment to fabric fasting is hanging by the barest of threads.
It's fatal to be sick and therefore stuck in bed idly wandering the
internet AND moving back to a country with much better online shopping.
I'm going to see if I still want the things that are in my shopping
basket when I am closer to actually having moved in and able to take
delivery of stuff. Maybe my interest will wane between now and then. (Ha, ha, listen to my hollow laughter at that possibility.)
4. I already did buy a couple of books, mainly second-hand. One of them was this book on Shirtmaking by David Coffin. Reviews seem mostly positive everywhere I've seen. I'm probably a bit far off "fine sewing" skills, but I felt like it was probably a useful book if I wanted to start to improve on the finish I got on my Carme blouse. The other books I bought were similar: technique books for home-sewing generally and finishing/sewing advice for tailoring. The shirtmaking book in particular though should be of immediate use to me, since I plan to move on to a proper button-down front shirt once I am back and set up again ready to sew.
5. As you might guess from that description of the things I am reading, I have VERY ambitious plans for my sewing for the second half of the year: shirts, obviously, also trousers, a dress, at least one jacket or coat, and not just like, the unlined linen version of a jacket that I've made before, etc etc. I feel like I have somewhat turned a corner in my attitude towards my sewing. For a while there I felt kind of intimidated by more complex projects. Now I feel a bit like, eh, life is too short to be intimidated by fabric and thread. What's the worst that could happen anyway? I make something so terrible it is consigned straight to the rubbish bin. Well, I mean, that would be kind of sad, but not exactly world-ending. One thing that helps is that I am determined to manage my wardrobe. If I want to keep the total number of clothes I have under control and own only things that I really want to wear, then at some point I have to either make the things I want to wear or else decide that I'm NOT going to make them, or even try to, and go out and buy them. I think it's worth at least TRYING to make some of the things I want. If it doesn't work out then, eh, it doesn't work out. At least I'll know!