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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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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Updating myself and then again Chanel

Now I have a little bit of time I am going to clean up and update this blog.

I have started with the "About me" and a more current photo.

I had a rare moment of self-realization this week.

My daughter was interviewed on the radio about her business (she actually said "I have always sewn" which I realize is right, she always made bags and rectangular things but never garments) and she was introduced as a "Momentrepreneur."

It hit me.

I always identify myself first as the mother, in fact this blog used to describe me as a 'mid-life mom'. Well move over Babs - the mother in the family is now your child and you are singing back-up. And really at my age I am not  mid-life unless I live to 120. Which I just might have to, if I am ever going to get caught up on these projects.

Now, it's Sunday so I might do a little spiritual detour on you.

I believe in prayer. 

Not the standing at God's checkout window placing your order, but I think we should consider the prayers not our own, but maybe the prayers the universe is saying for us. For me prayer is more about listening in than sending in requests. There have been many instances in my life where what I needed to know was put in my path. I figure it's just up to us to tune in and to act on good advice.

This was sort of like that.

Now back to sewing and great comments on my Chanel jacket. Your comments were terrific and got my brain going.

I even went to bed last night wondering if the guy I know at home who machine quilts would do some lining and boucle work for me, say straight lines one inch apart.

Then I decided maybe I should settle down and actually finish my random version of this semi-traditional Chanel jacket before I go onto the next thing.

Am I the only one who always has three projects going on at a time? One under the presser foot and two more in the head?

So I will be spending my last week in this Tennessee hotel room hand-stitching away and we will see how it turns out.

Now I have to tell you one of the best things about being in the US.

Ordering fabric and having it come in a few days, without $40 postage, and duty, in 4 weeks.

So I hit Fabricmart this week and am so pleased with what arrived. Here it is:

Gorgeous cotton and silk, heavyish, a light twill. A Stylearc work shirt for sure, need to use a TNT.
This is black but lightened so you can really see it. I have had the idea of a lace skirt in my head for a while now as a just -in-case-something-comes up where I need a lace straight skirt, so I ordered this but now am not so sure. Fabricmart described this as sort of  felted lace probably because it is a sort of felted lace. Maybe a winter lace skirt? Warm except for the holes?

If you are my daughter shut your eyes. This is primo quality cotton flannelette. Every year I make my daughter pj's for Christmas and she is a green person and hip and this is perfect. Aren't I organized? Christmas already. Of course I won't start these until December 23rd.
This fabric is so cool it's killing me. A lightweight cotton twill in a fifties print. A dress? I am saving it for the perfect pattern so not to waste it.

Now back to Chanel sewing.


annie said...

No, one under the presser foot and two others half-sewn and lying on the table. Three books at a time, too.

marysews said...

I think I have multiple projects in process. Skirt, napkin holder, sample garments I'm supposed to make before I apply to teach at Hobby Lobby, a gazillion patterns just posted for sale at PR, stuff i need to blog about, etc. No, I don't think you're alone!

Rose said...

Only 3? I usually have half a dozen going and at least that many in my head. Beautiful fabric!!

LinB said...

I am embarrassed to write how many projects are sitting in bags in my sewing space, cut out and pinned together and ready to run through the machine! (Let's just say that it is more than 20 and less than 50.) I go through marathon cutting sessions, and and then later stitch up 5-6 projects that all use the same color thread, at the same time. It works for me -- I know this method would drive some people silly-bonkers.