Once again, the Monthly Stitch has pushed me way outside my comfort zone. Not that I am complaining!
A little backstory here, & apologies in advance, because it’s kind of a bummer: I was diagnosed with endocervical cancer in October. I’ve been pretty sick for several months now (which is why I failed to contribute to so many challenges here in the latter half of 2016). I haven’t been able to sew much while sick. It’s too taxing on my body. But I needed a stitch-y creative outlet. I discovered cross stitching & fell in love with it! It’s economical, it appeals to my love of precision, & I can do it while laying in bed.
The first thing I thought when I realized how much I loved cross stitching was, “How can I incorporate this into a garment?” I ordered some waste canvas (the special fabric that is used to cross stitch on to other fabrics; the canvas fibers are pulled out afterward, leaving the stitches behind on the primary fabric), but by the time it arrived, I was recovering from my first cancer surgery. I know I would have just stashed the waste canvas until the end of time if not for this challenge.
I won’t lie: making these jeans took a lot out of me. Sewing is so physically demanding! & they are not an example of my all-time best sewing. The cross stitching looks awesome, but the construction of the jeans themselves leaves a bit to be desired. I was rushing to finish them in time for the Women’s March on January 21. & I did it! I wore them to my local march in Topeka, Kansas (I live in Lawrence). I had to leave before the march actually started because I needed to lay down (for like two straight days), but I was there for most of the rally & saw lots of great speakers. It was especially heartening to see such a big turn-out in Kansas, which is not exactly a hotbed of lefty politics.
You can read more details about these corduroys over on my blog, along with my cross stitching adventures, cancer treatment, etc. If you’re worried about that last one, I have good news: it was caught early. My oncologist is hopeful that I will be cancer-free after having a hysterectomy next month. Definitely a bummer to have to have such a major surgery & lose my fertility, but it could be worse!