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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, March 21, 2011

Playing hooky

OK I did it.

I took this last weekend off from working/marking. A reckless thing to do, and I got up at 6:00 this morning to start and catch up, but I sewed instead.

I just needed it and figure the week is about working and I needed some time off. I have been marking/working every weekend since I came back from Tennessee on spring break.

I am rethinking my sewing and just wanted to implement that rethinking.

I am realizing that when I go part-time soon I will be working at home a lot more and only teaching two days a week. I'm feeling the need for comfort clothes, but not messy clothes. My sister called me over the weekend to tell me she went to a funeral and the middle-aged daughter of the elderly neighbour who died showed up at church in pants and turtleneck and an old sweater. We decided that the trick to keeping yourself up is to make sure what you are wearing at home is nice, otherwise it can get too easy to just run out (even to your own mother's funeral) in what you have on.

So on that theme, and because I am only sewing what I feel like, I made a pair of very, very wide leg linen pants from my Wild Ginger basic, adapted, since they seem to be one of the looks this spring and generally comfortable, and I pulled out a vintage pattern for a sort of caftan/dress knee length thing I made up also in some striped linen. I am getting pictures taken by my daughter the end of the day.

I really enjoyed myself and intend to do more of putting things aside when I need to sew. I am so much happier this Monday morning than I would have been otherwise.

Now back to the marking.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to say the daughter of the woman who died was so grief-stricken that she didn't know what she was wearing. I really can't face any other explanation.
I agree with you, we need to keep ourselves nice even when at home.
I'm glad you you've had a weekend off marking/working and were happy on Monday!

Barbara said...

I agree Sue, didn't mean to sound dispassionate, the same thought crossed my mind, it just lead me to think how easy it is to let things go.

Jennifer said...

I know I dont know you but I think you should write. You have a definite voice and the humor is perfectly understated. Try it

Barbara said...

Thanks Jennifer so much. I will have to think about this.