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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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Friday, July 22, 2011

Sewing when you have no time to sew

I am working during the week and the weekends are my sewing time. However sometime you just have to produce something. Even a little something.

Remember all those scraps Miss Scarlett and I threw out? Well, there were a few I kept and am going to turn into my no-brainer-nightgowns. I am not in general a nightgown person but summer nights are an exception.

I have a Liberty print piece (that I actually got in London when my son lived there, when I made a mistake in my head and reversed how the exchange rate worked - in a fabric frenzy I convinced myself the pound was worth half a dollar rather than two dollars), and a piece of silk I dyed only semi-successfully, and this piece of seersucker left over from a recent dress.

Same drill, band at the top, gathered body, and elastic bra straps left over from a Fabricmart sale. Oh, also a piece of nice cotton lace that I have had forever and once tea dyed to go on Christmas decor I never made which I then had to bleach again for this. Somewhat out of control but you know this is one breezy nightgown. BTW those elastic straps are great. Stay put and are comfortable and you don't wake up with a nightgown all twisted which is why I usually don't wear them.

A summer dress to sew this weekend and a start to some shirts I have been promising my son for a year.

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