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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, October 28, 2011

Back in business


The house situation is not much improved yet, and there have been a few events - like the time today when a demolition 2X4 flew across the room and hit me in the leg. Big bruises and sitting on the bed with ice and complaints that only some online fabric shopping would make up for the duress ...etc.

As a result my dear husband put together my sewing room for me which now is the only really organized space in the house and all that really that matters.

And tomorrow I am going AWOL and joining a sewing guild splinter group at a local church basement to sew for the whole day.

Let's talk about that Black Tie Bingo. 

It is a charity event where people get dressed up and are handed daubers and a bunch of people who have never been in a Bingo Hall in their lives laugh nervously and try to figure out their cards. I am going as an invitee at a table bought by the local gaming agency ( think State Lottery Corp. if you are in the US) because I know some folks who now work there. It is actually the only serious table at these events - that's one table where you don't have to explain the odds or the rules of the game to anyone.

Now what to wear. I have more or less given up on whipping together one of those nifty Vogue patterns due to present conditions, so I am reverting to Plan B.

Plan B is my standard wool crepe Little Black Dress, except I refuse to wear it as a standard issue. I can tell you right now that if there are going to be 400 women at this event 398 will be wearing black dresses with pearls, and the other two are new hires in club outfits.

And I have a general rule about dress-up clothes and this is it.

Never spend more sewing time than the event itself.

Two hour cocktail party - two hour unlined dress.

Six hour wedding - six hour rendition of a TNT in fancier fabric.

You get my drift.

Now factor in no time to sew at all.

I figure that what I should do is some kind of poncho thing or a trendy whatever to disguise the same-old-LBD.

This is my pattern, I am ashamed to say I bought a pattern for this as I could have figured it out. If I wasn't out of time and recently under water.

I have bought a sort of chiffon with little sparkly eyelashes on it in dots ( if I wasn't tired I would show you) and tomorrow I will see if works at the sew-in day.

I showed the fabric to Miss Scarlett, who was over here this afternoon, and she looked at it and said " I like your bug material Babs. Are you going to have a beautiful bug face for your party?'

She was under the impression that this was a Hallowe'en costume.

But then again she is only two.

But now I am worried. The girls at the sewing guild splinter group with give it to me straight I know.

If all else fails I can wear it for the Trick or Treaters. We usually have hundreds and hundreds of kids. Our street is a long one on a hill and I swear parents from all over the city bring their children to the bottom of our street, drop them off, and then wait at the top of the hill.

More later, with pictures I hope.

What sort of eye shadow does a beautiful bug wear?


elizabeth said...

Glittery purple with false eyelashes!

BetsyV said...

iridescent green and LOTS OF IT

Mary said...

You will need some antennae for your bug costume...:-)

Love the post today-it made me smile and helped me get a little closer to my lost mojo. Enjoy your day, mary

a little sewing said...

Barbara, I am sorry to hear what a difficult time you've had lately. Very Titanic-esque! That is a great idea to make a chiffon layer to wear over a basic black dress.