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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, May 11, 2012


On a style follow-up I have to share this link to a woman in court looking very stylish. Good accessories too. Who says a woman under duress can't look smart and sharp?  The first two outfits in particular should be in my closet.

So much starts with the shoes. 

My Heidi is catching on:

She can't believe her luck. What are those cool things? You have no idea baby how many great shoes there are out there.

 And this is how they will make you feel:

 Welcome to the Big Girl world.

Somewhat related, thanks to that miracle that is eBay, these arrived in the mailbox for me today. I could not be more pleased:

In the middle of June I am going in for a hysterectomy and fix-up. All those big babies. Since I won't be doing this surgery myself I am focusing on my end of the business which is, of course, what should I wear?

Side story: Now you know sometimes I get nervous because my husband sort of thinks he can do-it yourself anything. Well, I had a dream a few days ago. I was in for my pre-op and when they went to write me up I had to tell them that actually my husband had removed my uterus already with the skillful use of a ballpoint pen. I told him this and he said that was completely crazy, he hasn't even read the manual.

So back to me not having much to do about my surgery except dress for it. In real life being done by a 12 year old surgeon, but then again kids are smarter these days.

It's a funny thing getting ready to be in hospital. 

Your average nightgown, slippers and housecoat are meant for bedrooms not people's place of business, and then too you can end up with relatives coming to see you, sitting next to your bed talking, and reading the paper. That doesn't usually happen in your own bedroom.

So you sort of have to come up with what you would wear to bed if your bed were in a department store window.

Which of course led in a direct line to me ordering in some mocs as my department store window slippers. I was also an excuse because I totally love moccasins.  I have always felt they speak deeply to my inner sense of style which has heavy undertones of domestic 1950's.

In addition I bought a nightgown covered with mini maps of Florida which I feel is another step in the right direction.

I generally don't look that hot after surgery.  I was also considering permanent make-up, you know eyeliner tattooed on, until my husband did a search and told me you aren't supposed to get a tattoo before surgery.

This is really too bad.

I had an appointment at a place called The Electric Chair because I had an idea that I should also get my children's initials tattooed on a finger so at least some part of my body still documented that they were here.

So in the end my daughter had to go alone to have the girls's initials put on her finger. It looks great, so as soon as I can drive post-op it's going to be off to the tattoo parlour I go.

Style being a verb.


Claire S. said...

I absolutely love reading your posts ! Hopefully, you figure out just what to wear and that the surgery goes well.

BTW - your dreams sure carry a lot of entertainment value for your hubby don't they ? LOL

Texan said...

I like moccasins as well. I like the style that are ankle high no soles on them they zip up the back or tie over the top. Kinda like a little boot looking shoe. Have always just loved those!

Your dreams are a riot.
Have a very uneventful recovery!

LinB said...

Wear some woolen socks during surgery. The horsepistol may issue you some thin, cotton socklets, but they won't keep your feet warm. If you haven't kept your feet warm, it may take days for the circulation to return to normal and let your toes warm up again, as you lie still in bed. Watch out for unexpected arthritis in the weeks after your operation: the shock of surgery can cause incipient inflammation to flare up. Best treatment for any post-surgery joint pain is 2,000 mg. of vitamin C per day. (Learned this from personal, painful experience.) Take all the pain medications the law allows. I'll pray for you.

Jane M said...

I too ogled those Linda E. outfits this morning. I thought how much they spoke to me and of course her object is to be a proper, responsible, diligent mom figure to the court. Certainly not a high fashion wild dressing diva. I felt a little sad that the demure, suburban mom clothes are what got me so excited. I especially want the swing coat.
Love you hospital stay wardrobe planning and sending you best wishes for an easy, simple (albeit somewhat painful) recovery.

shams said...

lol. Your dream about your husband cracked me up!

Good luck with the surgery. You have some time to work on the stylin. ;)

Bunny said...

Your dreams are so damn entertaining, like all stories of your hubby.

Good luck with the surgery and fixup. Had it done myself two years ago and all ended up great. It's hard to beat being rid of fibroids and able to sleep through the night without a pee disruption. You will abe so glad when its all done. Just take it easy for a while, very important. Prayers for all to be uneventful.