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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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Thursday, November 10, 2011

In case you didn't know tomorrow is International take the day off day

O.K. enough with the life getting in the way.

Yes I had a flood, yes my house has been productively trashed renovated. Yes I have 120 hysterical first year students this term. Yes my husband may be away again this winter. Yes Christmas is on its way and all my projects for other people are only at the mental sewing stage. Yes I have neglected my blog for reasons above.

We are turning the page tomorrow folks with International take the day off and be totally irresponsible day with the full potential to be the first day of the rest of my life.

You see the flooring guys are coming tomorrow to put in floor in the kitchen and hall and points in between. I have decided that the only safe place for the dogs and I is going to be down in the semi put together sewing room.

I am getting up at 7:00 am, packing snacks, taking the iPad and the boys and am heading down there for the duration. I have a bathroom down there and if the boys feel the urge I am passing them out the window.

You might think I am joking about this. You should know better by now.

My lack of sewing lately has worn away at my nerve endings.

I have a few Christmas projects to work on but my main event is going to be a housecoat in navy velour from this Vintage pattern:

Vogue pattern magazine last issue did an outstanding feature on using vintage patterns in updated ways and I was truly inspired.

So I am doing this longer, closed at the front with a zipper.

This is project is part of an approach to life I am thinking about.

You see the bug top was fine for a black tie one off but it's my family and myself who see me most in my day-to-day clothes. Around Christmas for example, and hell if my husband goes away again and its me and the dogs at night in the sewing room or knitting on the bed with our Ovaltine and CNN, myself by myself, why shouldn't I dress up for that?

I mean whatever happened to hostess gowns? To robes that were non ratty enough to talk to people in, in person not just on the phone.

I am channeling my considerable inner Doris Day. We will see how that turns out.


a little sewing said...

Go for it and sew that luscious dark blue coat. and good luck with the flooring, it will get done somehow.
Hang in there!!

Karin said...

This coat sounds nice! Actually today (tomorrow) is armistice day.
Good luck with all the home refurbishment. It's horrible to live through, but I am sure that the results will be great.

Eugenia said...

I hate disruption in the home - I hope it goes well for you. Love the idea of your vintage style housecoat!