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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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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday and shirts

It has been a busy, busy week. 

First week of classes and 140 students to educate this term. Turns out one of the other programs made my first year class a required, found this out when I saw my wait list, and I had to scramble.

Very happy and excited to see my students though - I really love teaching. I won't be touching down until December and my job is to hold it together until then.

On the home front my husband is tearing apart the kitchen this weekend. I have to wander around with pots trying to figure out where to put things.

So I really needed a straightforward sewing project. I decided to go for a cotton shirt, and this one:

If my spouse goes off to the hardware store enough I should be able to get it mostly done today.

I am pretty excited about this project because I have finally developed a shirt collar application that suits my random style. I can sew carefully if I have to, but since sewing is my Zoloft, I don't like it to be too stressful.

I really am not dispositionally a precision person. This is why I am so content spending my work time with young people making them laugh and maybe enjoy thinking and am not say a property lawyer, or an accountant, or other adult occupations.

So I am developing what I am going to call the "Incompetent sewer's shirt collar" instructions. So far my collar is going  together quite well in those snippets of time between when I hear the car drive out of the driveway and when I hear it drive back in.

Which is what I detect now. 

More later, got to go and pick up a pile of pots.


Connie said...

"Incompetent sewer's shirt collar instructions" -- I could use those and incompetent sewer's zipper instructions and incompetent sewer's waistband instructions and . . .

Shannon said...

That's a great shirt pattern- perfect for fall! Which view are you working on?

Sarah C said...

Ohhh, this shirt is in my FESA'11 plan. I have been dying to make it. Can't wait to see yours.

Texan said...

I like this shirt a lot, what pattern company is that :O). I like the denim long sleeve version! Which one are you making? Its real cute with the leggings she has on.

Texan said...

ok got it, its McCalls! :O)

Bunny said...

"sewing is my Zoloft". I love it! You always bring a smile to my face, Barbara. I bet you are one helluva teacher.