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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, November 13, 2010

The planning so far

As I said in earlier posts, I have been doing some seam experimenting, as well as thinking of what sort of shirts are going to be making up the big ten.

 BTW I am so glad to see that those of you who have signed on for this project are doing other things too - I really didn't want this to be an obligation, and I hate sewing deadlines so I like the idea of ten or so, or one or two white shirts, being a subject of thought, with natural rate production as it evolves.

I personally have set the goal to be making ten white shirts, eventually. I like the word eventually this morning. It recognizes that life gives you jobs to do that are not on the list, like it has to me this week.

Maybe I should be saying eventually more often. 

How about at work?

At a meeting - Can we ask you to do that Barbara? Sure I will get it done eventually.

At home - When are we eating dinner? Eventually.

I think this works for me.

So with that as a starting point this is sort of my working list on what I would like to sew in the white shirt department subject to change and distraction:

1-3 One classic all-purpose white shirt for three seasons - sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved. 
4. One shirt with French cuffs. What else makes a French cuff work like a white shirt?
5. At least one from a vintage pattern.
6. Some sort of Tuxedo front, or maybe a pintucked piece in it - sort of a classic
7. A big shirt, tunic shirt to wear with jeans - maybe in a more durable fabric
8. A white silk shirt
9. Something with fancy sleeves (my first shirt)
10. Something with embroidery or some kind of decorative effect
11. A cowboy shirt - or at least something with those details. I remember an old David Page Coffin article on cowboy shirts and I was in love with the curved welt pockets.
12. A shirt with a tie
13. A back-buttoning shirt
14. Something with ruffle somewhere but not make me look like an idiot, as I am too tall to be frilly
15. A camp shirt with pockets, maybe pleated pockets, I am thinking of Safari style but again not to make me look like an idiot

As you can see there are more than 10 on this list and I am sure I have missed something.

Now off to sew.


Eugenia said...

I love your list - you've really got me thinking about how many ways you can make a white shirt work!

a little sewing on the side said...

yes, I love your list too. Something to think about.

Rose said...

I love your list, too. You have some great ideas! I also like your "eventually" attitude. I love to work on my list but life does get in the way. I'll just keep plodding along. You are in my thoughts regarding your dog. I lost a 16 year old cat on October 14. He was my best bud so it's still difficult for me to write about him. I had to make the decision to send him to "Rainbow Heaven" where beloved pets go when they pass on. That's what my expert vet assured me. It was the most difficult decision that I've ever made. I'm excited about my new puppy who will arrive next week. She'll help I'm sure but is not a replacement. I feel your pain with a sick animal. I hope that your darling gets better!

Jane M said...

Great concept, "eventually." it shows the optimism I feel and also the acceptance of life's schedule. I just grabbed a book at the library yesterday: 168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. It matches my philosophy that happy, contented people make sure there's time for the important stuff and on doing what they can do best....and worry less about the rest of the stuff.