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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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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mental sewing

I will tell you what the aging process is like. 

It's the changes that happen, starting from you teenage years and picking up speed each decade, where more and more you just see the other things in life as things you are doing when you really want to be sewing. You also just enjoy your sewing more. The more you sew it's less about finishing something to get it on your back than a time when you enjoy your own company and your own process. More and more sewing is my work and my work, although I do love it when I am there, is something that gets between me and my projects.

It's that Sunday night thing and the realization that I go back tomorrow to more than full-time and will have my skates on until half-way through December.

I didn't sew all weekend.

My husband spent the weekend putting on new roof tiles with help from our youngest son when he wasn't working. I gathered up flying tiles and told everyone to wear hats and hydrate from the bottom of the ladder. I have also done mega cooking as I have two family dinners this week, my dear youngest son's birthday party starting 60 minutes after my last class, and an extended family do later in the week to send off a niece who for some reason is going to go to Guatemala to work in the mountains. Good for her for doing what she wants but it's a bit of a worry. Won't be saying that though at the dinner, my sister will kill me, and am focusing on food. Made two cakes, did a big shop, got salads and meat ready for tomorrow (Cuban sandwiches, frozen strawberry pops for Scarlett, bunch of salads) and did a strategic plan for the do on Thursday.

I enjoyed the cooking and tried to tune out the sewing machine calling to me from down the sewing room.

I figured out though while I cooked what I am going to sew next. 

I have three Vogue Designer summer dresses in the line-up that I am doing to do before I do anything else.

Since I am the only sewer in Blog land who hasn't made these yet, I feel this is both a priority and obligation.

Here they are:

I picked up some wonderful seersucker, about three yards for $4.00 at the local sewing guild sale and it is perfect for this dress. I have it cut out downstairs and added my usual to length. Unfortunately I think it is still going to be too short, a couple of inches at least above the wrinkled knee cap. My new anti-chaff pants might show too.  Of course looking at the pattern and seeing it is a narrow skirt without a vent, the short length is probably necessary so you can actually walk. I have cut out the tie but don't think it will suit me, for belly articulating reasons. However I remain delusional and will make it and see.

I am the only person alive who hasn't sewn this. What more is there to say?

This will not suit me as elastic waists require a waist and are not my best look. The old H shape is not advised by Vogue of course for this dress. However, see delusional above, and because I have red and white fabric like the picture, I am going to make it anyway and am hoping I will be surprised.  I live on hopes like this. 

When I first saw this pattern I just fell in love with it. Since then, once I had acquired both the pattern and fabric to match, just looking at it makes me tired. Will doing a FBA be a hassle? Will all those pleats just make my gut look like a gut.

Help me with this one.

I will make it if someone who is not delusional thinks it would suit me or I will send off the pattern to whoever thinks it would look far better on them than on me.

Off I go to get hit on the head by roof tiles and to take another cake out of the oven, and to plot a route to my sewing room.


Sarah C said...

I haven't made any of these yet. I really need to go get the patterns at Jo-Ann's while they are on sale though.

Claire S. said...

I haven't made any of them either - but love them all - possibly delusional here too LOL. Looking forward to seeing yours.

BetsyV said...

I haven't made any of these yet. In fact, I don't OWN any of these patterns.

Send that last pattern off to someone else. It's cute and caught my eye too, but there's way too much fabric in front to flatter my figure. I suspect the same is true for you. The back is very nice, but ...

Kathy said...

Not being very original I match fabric to the pictures on patterns, too.
The first pattern will look fabulous and short in summer is good!!
As for #3 all that gathering is supposed to disguise extra fluff but I just think it would make us look pregnant. A bit too late for that now :>

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit cynical about those body shape guides on patterns. I'm sure I've had successes and failures with all of the shapes! And I've not made any of those yet either, but I'm pretty tempted by that last one. I think it will look great on you with your height.

Myrna said...

LOL - I have none of those patterns and haven't sewn them. You're not alone.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Sewing is my priority these days...my real job just pays for this pleasure! So I schedule everything around it...and I do mean everything...because if I don't have a chance to sew each and every weekend...people don't like me in my house! *LOL*

Ummm, the top DKYN is on my list too. I have a seersucker for it also but I'm thinking August for mine. I want it for those really hot days of summer and I'm leaving the tie belt off my version.

As for the Tracy Reese dress, yeah that's on my list too and I have an amazing border print to use with it but you see I haven't cut it out yet...I have some of your same concerns!

Now 1250 I've made 4 times - I love that dress! Hope you get to sew soon!