Sewing As Engineering

Sewing involves a lot more engineering than people think it does. Engineering is just another word for design, after all. Maybe sewists aren't putting people on the moon, but we do keep human beings from being naked, and some days, I think that's a more noble profession. 

My purse contains one item that causes me no small amount of panic if I can't immediately put my hands on it, and it's not my phone. It's this:

This is the case that holds my cheaters. I wear bifocal contacts*, but I still need my low-power cheaters to be able to see my piano music on Sunday mornings. I guard this thing like the crown jewels. I have had it for probably 10 years. My mother gave it to me; she bought one for me and one for herself and I think she got them at some kind of craft show or Women's Club event in the town where I grew up and where she still lives. I like this case because it holds two pairs of cheaters, my regular ones and my sunglass ones:

Believe it or not, I wear those sunglass cheaters at church sometimes. Our church has large windows on both the east and west sides of the sanctuary. The piano faces east. Depending on the time of the year, I either get sun in my face or sun behind me which creates glare, so I do pull out those sunglass cheaters on occasion. I love having a case that holds both pairs. It's looking a little worn, though. And my mother, sadly, lost hers on a recent trip to visit my sister. She said I should make some new cases. (I take that as a subtle hint.)

I am lazy about some things, and one of those things happens to be "not spending my time inventing a wheel that someone else has already invented." I thought that surely there would be a pattern for this type of eyeglass case somewhere on the internet. I scoured Pinterest and Google images to no avail. There are lots of eyeglass case patterns—even ones that hold two pairs of glasses—but nothing exactly like this design. I find that bizarre. Did the person who made and sold these so many years ago invent this design? Perhaps. In any event, it appears I am going to have to reverse engineer it. Honestly, it's NOT complicated. It's three pieces of fabric sewn together in a tube, then folded up onto itself. The third piece of fabric—it's hard to see in the picture above, but it's there—forms the divider. The glasses look like they are sitting next to each other, but the divider is actually vertical and hard to photograph. It'll probably take me 10 minutes to get the measurements and cut out a prototype. Stay tuned. 

*Yes, I wear bifocal contacts. I only wear them when I go to town or when I am playing at church. Here at home, I wear my regular (not bifocal) glasses. I wear my distance glasses if I am driving and don't have my contacts in. The eye doctor wanted me to try wearing one distance and one close-up contact—which apparently works better for most people—but I have trouble seeing my music if I do that, so I put up with the bifocal contacts and a pair of cheaters over them. It's not a huge issue for me unless I lose my cheaters. 


The husband has been working next door at our neighbor's house, so he has a short commute this week. Our neighbor lady trains horses and she and her husband are building an arena on their property. The husband is doing the concrete. Fortunately, the weather has been decent. From about October on, pouring concrete in Montana is a crapshoot. The winter we built our house—1995/1996—we poured the foundation the first week in December and the temperature went down into the low single digits overnight. The husband had the entire thing tented with heaters going. He spent most of the night out there babysitting the slab. It wasn't ideal, but the bank had only given us four months to get the house built and we couldn't wait. 

At some point, unless we have a ridiculously mild winter, the concrete pouring will cease for a few months. We could use much more than the few inches of snow we got at the beginning of November. No one wants another fire season like we had this past year. 

I am enjoying having DD#1 around for a few weeks. She is a good cook and we like the same foods. She made a really delicious curry the other day. Yesterday, she even asked if it was okay if she cleaned the house. I told her to knock herself out. As long as she doesn't rearrange my kitchen, she can clean whatever she likes. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Perhaps she Unvented them ala EZ 😉

December 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Ah, yes. I might have to do some unventing of my own. :)

December 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Szabo

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