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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 24, 2011

My weekend

First the sewing.

I have, the last woman standing, finally made my edition of Vogue  1250 What a nifty pattern. Here are my back of the bathroom door shots, as my photographer is still in the middle of nowhere. I miss him a lot. Great cooks who will listen to you talk for 20 hours of a day and still love you are not all that easy to come by. Took me a while to find him.

I took an extra shot of the neckline because it really is a thing of beauty. I need to get a someone, probably my daughter, take a picture of it on me. It really looks very nice, with the control panties and the Spanx going on both, and if I stand up straight. I actually think I may wear it to my DSD (dear step daughter's) wedding instead of the Loud Dress. It would probably be appreciated.

Until I get a picture taken I can tell you that it looks just the same on me as it does on the model on the envelope, if you can image the model at 57 and having had three babies, one of them 9 lbs. 10 oz. and a C section. Cool, easy to sew, fun to sew dress.

So far I haven't seen anything in the fall catalogues that has this potential for star status. What do you think? 

I am hoping, seeing the BVM Butterick sale on now, that they will deliver something soon, or the next version of Vogues. I love an interesting pattern.

My next projects will be shirts for my DC to be NYC son, which I have been putting off because I find men hard to sew for, they can be so particular, but he loved the last shirt I made him a year ago, just wanted the collar " a little different" - can you translate that into fractions of an inch? 

I am also going to be making my daughter some knit wide leg capris, sort of gauchos, with a pregnancy waistline. She is due with #2 on October 10 but was in the at Emerg today with some definite contractions and some dilation so is off work immediately. Those 12 nursing shifts are too much in these circumstances. I am going to have to help her more when I am not working with Miss Scarlett. I know that she is feeling big and unattractive and thought some new versions of the capris I made her for her last pregnancy would help.

The other reason I have not done a lot of sewing this weekend is that Nat, my son in transit, came home for the weekend between moves. His company is actually sending him to London England for two months before he starts in New York and he decided to have a break here.

I've got to tell you something and it doesn't make me look good.

I am a little stressed with this move to NYC. I really love this guy and miss him a lot. Every day.  He is great company and if he were ever to decide to move back into his own room and reinstate me as part of his day-to-day life that would be great, but that isn't going to happen of course.

My way of dealing with it is to keep in touch with where he is and what he is doing. I got used to DC. I got used to his neighbourhood at R and 1st. and liked it. I had my own system there and was happy visiting him. DC is on the top edge of entering the south, and I love the south. The south makes sense to me. That whole family oriented, not real hurried view of the world is pretty much the way I am. I have done some high powered work in my time, but me the person is not very high powered. At all.

Now he is going to NYC I feel as if I am moving too and I wonder how I will do. I am sort of holding on to the idea of the garment district and trying to figure out what the visits will be like. He is living of course with room mates and I will be in hotels. It looks like a night in a Manhattan hotel is my seasonal fabric budget. Should I stay outside and travel in? What is the transport like? 

Man is this guy ever going to get married and have a normal house with a place where his mother can stay and set up her machine and do the mending? Will he be with someone who will give me jobs to do and make me feel like part of the family? Middle aged mothers think these things, but never say them. In the meantime how sophisticated do I have to be?

He will be back in the States and at work there at the beginning of October. Then I better get down there and get myself a relationship with New York.

In the meantime off to make maternity pants.


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Your post made me smile. I think he will be okay in NYC...I go there every day and make it in and out okay. You read blogs of wonderful women who live, work, and sew in the city. And you will get use to the routines of the city...although I find it hard to believe that hotel rooms are cheaper in DC than in NYC..but I could be wrong.

When you finally get around to coming, let me know. We can meet up for dinner.

velosewer said...

Sounds like the family is doing well because you're a great mom. This is a change and you'll all come through ok. Really.

shams said...

He'll do great in NYC and, eventually, so will you. You will wonder how you ever lived without the garment district. :)

It seems to me that the empty nest business is a process, or can be. For some it may be sudden, in other cases more gradual. At least that's how it seems in some cases.

I sympathize.

a little sewing said...

Barbara, again you have made me laugh and go misty-eyed in your post.

I am so glad you can sew some knit pants for your daughter - and I sure hope she is OK. Her situation sounds a little concerning.

And, I can empathize with your feelings about your son moving into NYC. When my niece started at NYU in 2009, I was so shocked at the disparity between myself and this next generation. My own DD was in Korea, and now the niece in NYC. I had to overcome my fears and get myself into the city so I could visit her and meet up with other sewists. And that is how I met Carolyn! So, when the time is right, we will all meet up in NYC and have us some fun.

Sounds like a plan, eh?

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

you'll be FINE! No sense freaking out! You will LOVE NYC when you visit, it's so exciting!!! AND you will have to sew some hot clothes to rock out while you are there xoxox

gwensews said...

Your dress is gorgeous. Looks like the fabric drape is absolutely perfect for the pattern. See-you're going to meet some fabulous sewing friends in New York. Our lives are never the same when the kids leve us. But, we do survive. And we compensate by buying more fabric!

Jane M said...

Love your red dress and know that I will be the last woman on the planet to finally sew this one after seeing so many terrific versions. Ah, yes, the difference between NYC and the south. I'm a Yankee by birth and by nature but I so understand loving the south and its pace. NYC is such a great place to work, especially when you are young like your DS. And you can get some good hotel deals on Priceline which will give you a little savings for the fabric stores.

Dinah said...

Oh, I got a little teary eyed reading your post in regards to your son. I feel the same way about mine. I tell him he can move wherever he wants, just make sure there is a room for me. What is it about those young men that make your heart ache thinking of them not near? Because they are the best part of your husband with a bit of ourselves mixed in? Love your dress, you'll look fabulous in it!

meredithp said...

New reader here, but long time fan. NYC is a GREAT place to visit! I'm from the South, and it's just the thing to get your blood moving. Just trying not to get shoved off the sidewalk by other tourists is entertaining. I've never even made a sojourn to the Garment District, but someday, if the darned economy ever recovers, and traveling is back on the agenda...

gMarie said...

Lovely post. I think you'll be fine. I felt the same way when my youngest moved from Seattle to Connecticut. Ah, change. But thanks to cell phones we talk daily.

As for being the last person to make this dress - not yet. I have the pattern on the cutting table but I'm worried about the little 'gave birth' belly and hips. Yours - however - is lovely. g