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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, June 13, 2011

McCalls 6241, Canada post and scenes of marital discord

First off I finished my mother's skirts and boxed them up for the mail.

Of course Canada Post is on a rotating strike, mail is only being delivered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and not all cities are in operation at all times which means the mail is sort of getting through sometimes, maybe. 

As a tactic of industrial action I am not sure if this is as effective as it is confusing but being a natural optimist and near a post office today, and knowing too that as late as these skirts arrive it will probably still be ahead of summer, I mailed them anyway. 

When I showed up at the post office though the postal lady had a good old laugh so maybe my optimism is not entirely warranted.

The other sewing thing I did today was to revisit McCalls 6241, reviewed earlier. I like Dinah's suggestion, left in a comment, to apply some clear elastic to the front of the neckline to keep the neckline hem from rolling out. I wanted to try that on one version. Thank you Dinah it worked very well.

These photos show I think a much nicer neck on this top than on my earlier, hand-stitched rescue version.

I still need to work on my photographer a bit though. 

Here is me giving a lecture on the fact that most of my shots, IMO, are focused way too much on my belly and that I did not want a fat-stomach-small-head shot in this nice new top:

This is the next shot where I actually, and rarely, closed my mouth. My last words to the photographer was "How does my hair look?" To which he answered "Your hair looks just great."

You know he is a very good cook.

Tomorrow, if I manage to shirk all responsibilities, I am going to try this top once more with faced neckline.


Anonymous said...

I really like the allover print you choose. Great top!

Debbie Cook said...

"You know he is a very good cook."

Hahahaha! But he's right, you know ... you look great! :-)

shams said...

That is a great top and I like both pictures. Did you cut your hair? (Maybe it's just pulled back.) Anyway, it looks really cute!

Sharon said...

Great top and love the print.

DH wonders why I have been reluctant to use his photographic skills during Me Made June but he is getting better, well some days.

Jane M said...

LOL! Your new, very cool top reminds me of the Gap one that michele Obama was wering the other day:

Bunny said...

The top looks great on you. DH didn't want to take any more pics and gifted me with a remote. It can also be tricky to catch a good pic but the remote carries no emotional baggage. LOL!

Rose said...

Great top, Barbara! You look terrific wearing it. I have this McCall's pattern and am watching your trials closely. I like the use of clear of elastic. I'm waiting to see if the facing works better.

Rose said...

I forgot to say that I like your hair, too. The photos look good with your mouth opened and closed;).

velosewer said...

Great top and pic.