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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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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Back to work today but wanted to share my shirt collars because they are the best I have ever made due to Debbie Cook's method here.

This system seems to work for me because the last stitching (and in collars the last stitching is usually the tricky part) is when you slip the collar into the top of the neck band, and that is a pretty straight and easy seam to sew.

I have also taken advice from somewhere I forget and used a smaller stitch length for the top stitching. That, and my straight stitch plate and foot, has given me some nice neat stitches at all the scary parts like the collar point and the curve in the neck band:

My husband is coming back Friday morning and I am looking forward to that. The only thing I will miss is seeing "Bay of Deception" on the call display when he calls. Looks very dramatic.

Speaking of drama I have been watching CNN and the debt ceiling debates and votes in the evening. What's left of my work in politics is an appreciation/interest in the process. Of course both Congress and Senate had to go through each getting a Republican and Democrat bill voted down, they needed that to take to the base and for the record before they moved forward. As this is a sewing blog and not a political one, and I'm not going to be writing one, I can only say that my observation is that these are trying times for intelligent people and some of those are at the top.

When I have had enough of politics I have been watching movies and knitting my blanket for the next baby. I bought this yarn because it felt so soft and because the store sample was so baby friendly but frankly it's a pretty boring pattern. I want to move on to something more interesting. 

The slight tedium of this project is compounded by the fact that my TV seems stuck on voice over for the seeing impaired on the movie channel. No matter what I do I can't fix it. So I have a running commentary on everything I watch " John moves to the window and looks longingly down on the street." The credits at the end are the worst.

However I am making sure I am only knitting in good vibes, I am looking forward to another baby in the system:


Irene said...

The collar looks wonderful! Next shirt - I will try (again) the method that you used. I seem to try one thing, think that I've got it worked out, then somewhere down the line I decide that, no, that's not working perfectly - need to try something else.

Marla said...

Hi Barbara! I love your blog, your whit, your humor and your insight both about your life and your sewing. You brighten my day, and frequently give me a good chuckle!

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

i really love how you set the yoke stripes!