Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Most Inspirational Blogger of 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone! And a Happy Belated Hanukkah to my Jewish friends. My blogging has been very sporadic lately, and it seems the holidays come and go so quickly. On my end, this has been the Christmas that wasn't. It simply hasn't felt like the Christmas season, nor did it feel like Christmas today.

I can't pinpoint exactly why. Maybe it's partly the news. The economy, so many people losing their jobs--it leads to a general feeling of not being in the holiday mood. It could also be my friend fighting cancer and getting denied disability for the second time, while I know another person out of work since summertime who is enjoying year-long unemployment checks while gambling in Atlantic City, not necessarily even looking for a job.

It has been a year of friendship disappointment. There's nothing like lending a long-term friend a high degree of support, yet having their dishonesty and half truths cause people to question my credibility. I promptly terminated the friendship and all association with that person. While another person acted as if they wanted to renew a friendship after blowing me off last year, I simply refused to go there. It caused me to wonder why it was happening and what they wanted from me. I felt they were only doing it because of my connections with other people. Sorry, I'm not going to be used. So, a good riddance to 2009.

Except for one bright spot! That would be who I consider to be the most inspirational blogger of 2009. She's the one person who made me want to consider an aspect of sewing I have never had an interest in. That is, until January or February of this year. She is the person who sews absolutely beautiful bras! I was continually amazed by her better-than-Victoria's Secret bras. Her exquisite detail and beautifully selected fabrics and laces were incredibly inspiring, and I even asked her if she would consider offering a class on PR on bra construction. Instead, she opted to create a lingerie sew along for interested sewers on bra construction. This busy lady graciously offered her expertise and time (of which we know there is so little of) and helped out all of us in creating beautiful bras, sharing ideas, and learning about fitting bra patterns.

If you don't know already who is, what I consider to be, THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL BLOGGER OF 2009, I'll tell you :) . It is...Sigrid.

Before this year, I never had any desire to sew up a pair of panties, nor a bra. But it is her work that provided me with the inspiration to sew up beautiful panties and a bra. I've sewed up two pairs of pretty lacy panties and one bra. The bra was a muslin, but I'm going to make the same bra as a back closure instead of a front closure one. On a side note, my days of front closure bras came to an end the day I was in the middle of teaching a high school class, and my bra became unhooked as I was writing on the chalkboard LOL. It was made worse by the fact that I had on a dress that was close-fitting from the waist up. Not a good experience as a C-Cup woman as one can imagine.

Anyway, I made plenty of little mistakes and ended up with little holes on the back band from seam ripping. Not to worry. I will make my beautiful bra in early 2010. However, it wouldn't have happened without Sigrid. Therefore, she gets my admiration for providing inspiration in an area of sewing I have never had an interest in before. And to accomplish that, one must produce outstanding work to the point that it creates a desire to do the same in another person. To never have an interest in lingerie sewing to have a strong desire to make beautiful bras and panties because of one person's work is a testament to her outstanding work.

Way to go, Sigrid!


Little Sewing Alcove said...

They say that things happen for a reason in your life....but, sometimes it's relly hard to understand what that "reason" is. Hope you have a great 2010..hope all of us do, the ones suffering with job loss, bad relationships, etc.
Good luck with sewing that bra. Something I never dreamed of trying. Panties, maybe.
Happy New Year and keep up the posts.

Sewtellme said...

"It has been a year of friendship disappointment. There's nothing like lending a long-term friend a high degree of support, yet having their dishonesty and half truths cause people to question my credibility. I promptly terminated the friendship and all association with that person." Hmmmmm, have you been reading my journal. I too ended a nearly 30 year friendship this year for the same reason and while the process was incredibly traumatic, the resulting feeling of freedom has been equally fantastic.

meredithp said...

Let's all look forward to 2010 (and put 2009 behind us-not the best of years for almost everyone).

Sigrid said...

Kat, thank you for this praise, it really is a great compliment that makes me blush deeply. It's great to know that I've inspired you so much in bra-making. Hope to see more of your work next year.

Best wishes for 2010, hope that it's better for you in the friendship department. It's unfortunate we sometimes have to go through these kind of experiences.

Karen said...

I'm sorry there have been personal disappointments for you in 2009. Losses of friendships can be hard, even when you know and understand why. But you have all of us, and now you have bras! Don't get all inspirational on me or I'll end up making those next, and underwear is just about the only thing I still pay money for.

Happy new year to you and yours. Here's to a better 2010 - and you coming to PR Weekend in Philly! (I'll play tug-of-war with Connie over you).

Elizabeth said...

When all is said and done, it comes down to relationships. They give us the greatest joy and deepest heartache. I hope 2010 will be a year of healing for you. My sister and I had been estranged for 4 long years. Thankfully, we restored our relationship this year so 2009 will always hold a sweet memory for me.

Lindsay T said...

Happy New Year and looking forward to hearing more from you in 2010!

Myrna said...

It's been my toughest relationship year ever. I understand. My resolution this year is to be my own best friend.

- Myrna

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