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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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Saturday, July 17, 2010


I haven't been able to sew the last couple of days but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about sewing. A lot.

Every now and then Miss Scarlett and I have taken a break and sat in my sewing room and considered things. She looks around and responds intelligently to the patterns I show her and the fabric she touches.

Listen I have been thinking. 

I find it so easy to dress and feel good about what I wear in the summer.  I realize that I view  fall and winter as just so much more work to pull it all together. 

The difference of course is that in the summer I wear dresses almost exclusively - to work and when I come home. Why not? They are just so comfortable. Underwear, shoes, earrings and a dress and you are done and you look put together.

In the winter you have to mix and match, to SWAP, to coordinate and let's face it just sew more pieces to get one outfit. But that's the colder weather uniform isn't it? Pants and knit tops, skirts and blouses - the "third" layer and it all has to work together and tomorrow you have to construe a whole new edition, a whole new combination. 

So the question is if I wore more dresses in the winter, not everything but more, would I feel better about work dressing on dark cold mornings? Would I feel put together more and pulled together less? Can they work just as well for me in the winter as the summer?

Why don't I sew more winter dresses? I think that's going to be the question I have to answer this coming season. Everyday, winter dresses. 

I think this is a self challenge coming on. I realize I have quite a lot of jacket intention fabric down in the sewing room but you know in my work life the first thing I do when I get to school is take off my jacket - I never wear them in the classroom - too inhibiting. Most of this same fabric could be turned into a dress.

What are your favourite winter dress patterns? Or are you a separates person when the seasons change?


Karin van D. said...

I'm a dress person too. I wear skirts, trousers and all kinds of garments, but in the end I mostly love and wear dresses. In summer and in winter.

Jodie said...

I'm mostly a separates person, but wear a lot of dresses in the summer. I'm thinking on winter dresses, but haven't found anything that works for me. I like knits for comfort/wearability, but detest how they cling (I'm a opaque tights person by winter) to my stockings/tights. I'm playing with the idea of lining the skirt portion of a knit dress with nylon tricot.....
Check out "A Little Sewing on the Side" blog - she used a Jalie top pattern and made it into a dress....I'm considering something similar if I can get a weighty enough knit.
Good luck!

Barbara said...

Yes I am going to check out Robin's blog and figure out how to line a dress with tricot, good suggestion.