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I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Friday, May 21, 2010

Rascal is ready to go home and time for mom to pack up the sewing

Rascal has been a doll, in a hotel with me for a week watching me sew. But I know he knows it's important to me.

He misses his yard though and it's his turn.

So I am packing up all the projects tonight, including taking my black bra down that I pinned up on the sheers to take this photo (what would the neighbours think?) and we are heading out tomorrow.

More on the road and then from home base.

I will really miss the US though and the south in particular.

Great place, really great.

Checking out

I haven't disappeared, I have just been sewing. So deep into it I didn't come up for anything. After four wonderful weeks by myself in a hotel suite with my sewing machine and Mr. Rascal this is what I have done:

1. Five bras, the four white ones you have seen, and one yesterday a black underwired job that in my mind looks as good as store bought.
2. One man's shirt for my son in DC, needed to do a lot of my own pattern merging/creating to try and duplicate something current style for a 26 year old.
3. A custom blouse pattern muslined and developed and three blouses, one collar and band, one tailored blouse collar, one shawl collar, all new patterns developed sewn and done. Two more cut and ready to go when I get home.
4. Four dresses (three you have seen and one new one)
5. An Amy Butler shopper's bag for my daughter, lined commentary to follow in a later post.
6. Three curtain panels in yes burlap with those ring things inserted also for the DC son, will be seeing him tomorrow. Hope that shirt fits.
7. A half slip, to go under the fourth dress.
8. One old very favourite camp shirt, that I have worn for get this, 21 summers, cut apart and recut according to the newly developed blouse pattern, resewn into an updated new blouse.
9. Two purchased shirts with French darts added into the front and back to add shape. Big difference.

Also knit a pair of socks and a hoodie for the baby at home.

I just had to go here and get this done, project by project posts as we go along.

The thing is that I have completely connected with myself, that person who would rather sew than do nearly anything. I still feel the way I always did about sewing, just life got in the way.

I feel great. A month alone in a hotel room and I feel great.

I know you will understand.