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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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Monday, August 2, 2010

One more day of home reno then it's back to sewing

Thank you so much those who posted ideas for the dreaded window! Once we have the new one in next weekend I am going to try things out and post the result.

OK, this has been great but one more day of being hard at it in the bathroom and I am going back to sewing. I have dress fever and need to get some things moving to relieve the pressure.

Are you in the mood for a rave?

I have been looking around the design sites for ideas and am seeing a lot of neutral coordinates. I know in my heart that if I were smart I could be adequately and well-dressed going the classics, grey, black, white blouse route, understated, only highest quality fabric etc. look. Simple and Tim Gunn. Interchangeable, adult, perfect basics. Clothes you call "pieces."

Oh yes and thin, how could I forget thin. I read on another sewer's post a line "nothing tastes as good as thin feels." I read that and I thought, that's just nuts. Somethings taste so good they feel you were born just to taste them.

Well, I just can't do it.

Perfect and controlled just isn't me. I only want to wear things that were interesting to sew, exciting to sew. I want sharp outfits not a wardrobe that works. There I said it. My clothes aren't a job that gets done and now I am set. It's an emotional relationship that started back when I was in junior high and couldn't afford to dress the way I wanted except by sewing.

It's about going down to my sewing room when life is more nuts than even usual and sitting in my sewing chair and taking a deep breath and calming right down. My namesta is just looking around at my fabric and thinking I could make something with that.

I don't want to look like a successful woman of my generation (OK maybe I don't need to, and I couldn't anyway) because I am not really sure I belong with them.

I wore polka dots to my daughter's wedding, case in point. My generation, my people, are sewers and age and location don't matter at all, the internet proves that.

So I can't be making good appropriate interchangeable "pieces" right now because I am really into dresses with cool collars. I just know I am going to have keep making those dresses until I get it out of my system, and who knows how long that's going to take. The rest of my generation is going to have to go on without me.

1 comment:

Giselle said...

I absolutely love your post! Who needs 'pieces' when you can express yourself!
I'd feel like a bit of a fraud if I dressed like you described! I need some hot pinks and royal blues in my wardrobe, that makes me happy!