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Happy international women’s day

Happy international women’s day

This writing is inspired by and dedicated to all of the Too Much women I have worked with, who, very bravely and against all odds, rise.

There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, and desires too much.

There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.

There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting.

She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.

She is dangerous.

And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, and swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes are on her, thinking she’s hot shit.

Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.

She should simmer down a bit, and be taken down a couple of notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place.

Someone should tell her.

Here I am. . . a Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.

A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, and empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.

I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.

And still. . . I rise. Still, I want and feel and ask and risk and take up space.

I must.

Us Too Many Women have been facing extermination for centuries—we are so afraid of her, terrified of her big presence, of the way she commands respect and wields the truth of her feelings. We’ve been trying to stifle the Too Much Woman for aeons—in our sisters, in our wives, in our daughters. And even now, even today, we shame the Too Much Woman for her bigness, for her wanting, for her passionate nature.

And still. . . she thrives.

In my own world and before my very eyes, I am witnessing the reclamation and rising up of the Too Much Woman. That Too Much Woman is also known to some as Wild Woman or the Divine Feminine. In any case, she is me, she is you, and she is loving that she’s finally, finally getting some airtime.

If you’ve ever been called “too much,” or “overly emotional,” or “bitchy,” or “stuck up,” you are likely a Too Much Woman.

And if you are. . . I implore you to embrace all that you are—all of your depth, all of your vastness; to not hold yourself in, and to never abandon yourself, your bigness, your radiance.

Forget everything you’ve heard—your too much-ness is a gift; oh yes, one that can heal, incite, liberate, and cut straight to the heart of things.

Do not be afraid of this gift, and let no one shy you away from it. Your too muchness is magic, is medicine. It can change the world.

So please, Too Much Woman: Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.

Make your waves, fan your flames, and give us chills.

Please, rise.

We need you.

Article By:
Ev'Yan Whitney
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Using a Tracing wheel

Using a Tracing wheel

using a tracing wheel

Hey there sewers! Ready to take your hand-stitching and design skills to the next level? Then you need to learn how to use a tracing wheel. No matter what level of experience you have, tracing wheels are an essential tool that can help you make precise stitching patterns as well as copy patterns from one material to another.

A tracing wheel is a handheld tool that looks like a circular cookie cutter with a pointy wheel on the end. Its purpose is to trace patterns onto fabric without having to use pins or markers. It even works great for transferring designs onto paper.

How to use a tracing wheel is simple. Start by finding the pattern you want to transfer to your fabric. Pin the two pieces of material together with the pattern in between them before using your tracing wheel. Place the wheel on the pattern side and steadily roll it back and forth to make a traced outline of the original pattern onto the other piece of fabric. You can make several passes with the tracing wheel if you need a full and detailed trace.

The greatest benefits of using a tracing wheel are accuracy and speed. This tool helps you make sure you stitch or cut the exact shape or line you intend to make. Plus, it’s faster than using a ruler and marker to create the same outline. Plus, you don’t have to worry about ruining your fabric with pen or marker ink, like you would if you used these traditional marking tools.

There are three basic types of tracing wheels on the market. You’ll need to experiment a bit with them to really see how they work for different types of fabrics or for pattern making.

Smooth Tracing Wheel

A smooth tracing wheel has a flat edge and must be used with tracing paper to produce a mark on the fabric. Some seamstresses recommend them because they are potentially less damaging to pattern pieces.

However, they also can potentially cut pattern pieces into, well, pieces, if too much pressure is applied. I don’t recommend them with paper patterns for this reason. Personally, I’ve not really found them to be much use for anything, but you may, and I want to cover all the bases.

smooth tracing wheel
serrated tracing wheel

Serrated (or Sprocket) Tracing Wheel

It’s good for tracing marks from a pattern to fabric pieces. If you’re not planning to try to make your own patterns, this tracing wheel will be sufficient for your needs.

Once again, this wheel generally requires tracing paper, though it may make a sufficient indentation on some fabrics that will last until you can trace them with a fabric pencil or chalk.

Needlepoint Tracing Wheel

This is the tracing wheel most recommended by professionals and those who delve into making original patterns.

Once you see one, it’s obvious where it got its name. It has very sharp points, so some caution should be taken, both when using it yourself or if a child uses it.

needlepoint tracing wheel

In most cases, no tracing paper is needed for this tool. It is used to create deep indentations that can be easily traced on either pattern paper, fabric, or even leather. There are also self-healing cutting mats available that can help protect your work surface while you trace and work with fabric.

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced sewer and quilter, a tracing wheel is an essential tool in any sewing arsenal. With a little practice, you can quickly trace nearly any pattern with accurate results every time – giving your projects the perfect finishing touch!

Article By:
Kalpana Singh
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Technical and vocational education

Lessons that I learnt being a seamstress 

Lessons that I learnt being a seamstress 

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It is often said that the moment you turn your hobby into a business the joy goes out of it. And then there are some who say turn your hobby into a business and you will never have to work again.

Which one of these is true?

Although I have been blessed with amazing customers, every time a customer demanded life out of me, critiqued my work or worse not paid for my hard work as they were not satisfied with the result, I did hate my job (I said it).

That doesn’t mean I don’t sew for others. Of course, I do whenever I get a chance but I don’t feel negative or disappointed when things don’t go as expected.

Am I able to feel that way always? I don’t, sometimes I do end up taking up taxing projects or dealing with difficult customers.
But with time it has started happening much lesser than it used to.

Here's what I remind myself before taking up a project

A. Be clear– communication and boundary-wise from the start, you allow leeway, you will be taken for granted (most of the time). I have been taken for granted.

B. Cover your a** – take a deposit to cover your basic expenses which include your material, labour and time cost ++

C. Own your mistake – we all are humans and we will make human mistakes. If you need flawless work hire a Robot. If you goof up big time, admit your mistake gracefully and offer alteration.

D. Be honest and don’t over-promise– Sewing for your customer will not turn them into Aishwariya rai overnight. Tell them what will look good on them and what will not.

 

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  1. With time I have also started understanding myself better and really listening to my gut feelings. I try to understand my WHY behind taking up a project.

Is it an interesting design that I would love to work on? Is it for a friend or a good customer who trusts me and has been with me for a long time? or is it for the money? Money usually is the last on my priority list. I’m not trying to be noble here but what use the money be if it gives me stress and anxiety and affects my overall well-being !?

In the end, I remind myself of the great words of Michael Corleone  – It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business.

Article By:
Kalpana Singh