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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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Friday, September 24, 2010

Wrapping up the boring stuff

I have stuck to my resolution to make one dress for every two skirts. I have only two skirts to go, to be started this weekend, and then I think I am done for the time being and can move onto more interesting projects.

You will notice I have done two fast knit dresses between the skirts this month because I wanted to keep it moving. I really want to do some tailored, fitted dresses and to be able to take my time with them.

I also need/want some tunic style tops to wear with narrow jeans and pants. Nothing too droopy and something more interesting than a "big shirt". I am not seeing a lot of patterns that are jumping out at me on this one and I will be stalking other blogs for inspiration. Am I the only one who loves to see how a pattern looks on a real person? How many times like me have you passed over a pattern completely until you see someone else has sewn it up, and then you loved it? A lot of my life is involved with family -cooking, eating, babysitting- part of my work is from home, the prep, marking part, and then of course there are the dogs. And occasionally yes I do clean my house and do the laundry and I don't see why I shouldn't try to look decent to do that.

I had a work mentor once, now retired, but still a force to be reckoned with, and always elegant. She wore heeled boots, wide belts and animal prints and tons of classic jewelry right up until she retired at 67. I visited her once at her apartment and she showed me her clothes and pulled out "what I wear to clean the bathroom." It was a purple jumpsuit with a gold and black belt and matching earrings. This lady lives alone, although she has a social life, mainly involved with doing things for other people, that would exhaust me. The thing is that she takes care of herself even when no one is watching.

So why not think about bathroom cleaning outfits too? I clean more bathrooms and walk more dogs than I go to black tie events.

A thought to consider.

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