We’ve had a beautiful fall in Minnesota. The fall colors have been spectacular. We’ve grabbed opportunities to enjoy it between extracurricular activities and new college level responsibilities.
I recently finished a vest for my son, Sam, a just-in-time delivery as the temperature in Minnesota cools. The pattern was created by ‘Mansie Wauch’, a friend who is a retired cutter in Liverpool. The wool is an Italian boiled wool found at Ginny’s Fine Fabric in Rochester. I am learning firsthand that tailoring is an art that requires much study and practice. It takes time and patience. My work is not perfect. I learned there is a lighthearted term in the tailoring trade for hand-made buttonholes that need more fullness in the number of stitches, that is “smashed beetles”. To the naked eye, though, my buttonholes are just fine for an eight-year-old boy’s vest. Even so, I continue to learn. I’m thankful for the opportunity.