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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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Monday, May 14, 2012

Keeping an open mind

I don't know about you but I don't shop much for clothes. 

As a result I don't try on things I have never worn before and that is undoubtedly limiting my wardrobe and inhibiting my style.

Today for example my daughter and I went out for lunch and she stopped by a cool place for a new bathing suit. I wasn't in the market for one of those so I passed the time looking around and then trying on things I would never wear.

One of those things I tried on and then bought was this maxi dress, rayon with stretchy elastic bra straps. About as comfortable an outfit for hanging out as I have worn. Attractively hung in the shower stall, and not on me,  my photographer being fast asleep rather than trying on clothes in the bathroom late at night.

Now this is something I would never have bought in a pattern, thought I would look dumb in one, but now I have seen a maxi dress on of course I will be making a few of these up now as soon as my rayon knit are reunited.

Just goes to show the edges of the envelope need to be pushed out a little every now and then.

On another note in two days my daughter, son-in-law, and the little girls are going home. Of course their home and mine are in the same place so it shouldn't be traumatic, but it has been nice to be in on the day-to-day life.

When I put Miss Scarlett to bed tonight she put her dancing shoes outside her door so they would be ready for her when she got up to start a new day, no time wasted:

I am really going to miss things like this.


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I know what you mean about the day to day stuff. My mother's day gift from my daughter was that she and her kids spent the night with me Saturday night so that I would wake up with them Sunday morning. It was a pleasure! Even more so when they all went home Sunday evening! *LOL*

shams said...

Too too sweet. Yes, I would miss that too.

a little sewing said...

ooooh the picture of the shoes!!
too sweet.

And I LIKE your maxi dress! Like you, I have no time or patience for shopping. Good find!

velosewer said...

That's sweet.
Shopping does sometimes show you what's out there and you can spend 5 or 10 minutes trying on different things, just to check on the style. It beats 8 hours work on an outfit that doesn't cut it.
Love the maxi dress.