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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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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Training bras

Today I watched my Newfoundland bound son drive off in his moose whistled truck and, second son to exit in the last 24 hours, I felt like my world was coming to an end. Then I remembered this guy is 25 and I had done a pretty good job of stringing this mother thing along this long and so I decided the best thing to do with the rest of my life started with going down to the basement to start dyeing bra elastic with Koolaid.

It is amazing what you can achieve with a broken heart, a mason jar of hot water and a package of cherry and a package of strawberry kiwi. Pretty cheery.

I am going to try a new bra pattern and panties tomorrow continuing my rehabilitation.

BTW my kid is still on land. They held the ferry in port due to rough water and a storm and he is sleeping on board and they will try again in the morning. He sounds pleased with this further adventure.


a little sewing said...

awww, hang in there Barbara!!!
You were such a comfort to me when I experienced all those agonies a few years ago.
Maybe those of us who raised our kids single-handedly are prone to this sort of attachment.
You comforted me when my daughter relocated to the other side of the globe for what turned into 3 years. You told me, based on experience with your students, that she would come back a different person. You knew!! Now she is living fairly close and I am pinching myself that we now have this time to interact as adults. My heart goes out to you, because these durn kids seem bound on taking all that good parenting, and then they actually use it to go out and live their own lives. The nerve!! Hang in there and have fun with your KoolAid & bra-making. Smart choice of amusement.

Jodie said...

Great post. As one of the durn kids who left home (and in my case, didn't look back much), I can tell you there are moments when I'd give ANYTHING to have my mother with me (she's in Ontario, I'm in Alberta). As she is retired and I'm a teacher and step-mom, she comes to visit....but it's never often enough for either of us. Luckily we both sew, so (hee hee) we have ways of consoling ourselves. I'm about to start sewing for me, as I've been churning out long-sleeved tees for the 13 yr. old boy who has just sprouted up. Now it's time to sew for me, me, me!