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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Clearing the decks

Busy week so far and my duct tape pattern is looking at me waiting to be tested. 

I taught a night class last night after a full day of teaching, tore home to watch the U.S. presidential debate ( clear to me that we could all use someone calm and reasonable in tough times, these times), got up this morning and moved all my investments out of the market (don't even speak to me about all the fabric I could have, should have, bought with what I lost from my hard earned little savings over the weekend) and spent the rest of the day making up mid term exams, and trying to get my work caught up enough so I can stop work at noon on Friday and have a full long Thanksgiving weekend here just to sew and test my pants patterns.

I am really going to need some serious sewing this weekend after all that has been going on, in this post wedding house, at school and in the world.  I am also engaged in the pants sewing discussions at the Stitchers' Guild and have decided that I am going to use this first pair, assuming that my pattern works, to try and figure out the best way to deal with pants that "grab" not-flat-rears at the back.

The conventional method is to keep sewing deeper and deeper back crotch seams to make more room ( you know that advice about scooping out the back crotch seam by sewing 1/4"s into the back crotch seam until you have enough room) versus this advice, tip #3, which tells you to do just the opposite.

I have to get close to that sewing machine to figure all this out. There is just way too much sewing advice on pant fitting out there for this head, and it is definitely time I found something that just worked.

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