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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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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Battle plans

In the scheme of things my battle is minor - survive an much overloaded upcoming academic year, a bit of work on a political campaign, and the challenge of working with my daughter on having Miss Heidi take a bottle/cup/anything with a straw before I take care of the two little girls while her mom and my dashing son-in-law are in NYC in four weeks visiting my son.

Should all be interesting.

Oh and in November I am booked to go to New York myself.

After much discussion we have decided that a person named Eric is who we are all going to be staying with AirBNB style in East Village. He is a designer has a nice place and rave reviews. The plan is that my daughter and son-in-law will stay there next month and then me a month later if it all turns out. And now my husband thinks he might too.

Poor Eric has no idea how Nova Scotians operate - en masse. He doesn't realize that we can't quite get our heads around the anonymity of the big city so we need a place where we know someone so we can all have a base. Poor Eric because he doesn't know how many family members/friends there are in the system and how many might be lined up at his door. He doesn't know he is being auditioned.

It has occurred to me just now that this may be the reason my son keeps getting small apartments with roommates.

No that can't be it.

Anyway my son and his girlfriend are on their way back to New York to their busy lives there, but they don't have to worry. We are all working out the visiting schedule, so no one gets lonely, even if that really is us.

And of course workwise I am going to need a break by mid November.

The school year started with the regular mix-ups of rooms, schedules, and classes and this year also included a call from a mother of a new student who wanted to make sure I was clear that her adult child was far more intelligent that any marks might show, and I needed to keep that in mind. 

I will keep that thought somewhere for sure.

Leading up to this school year I have had an interesting few months.

Somewhere along the time of the big fix-up I decided to also get rid off all spiritual and mental debris from my life. 

Best I could.

I have been pulling a few things from the back of the psychic drawers and taking them to the curb if they don't fit any more or more importantly if they weren't doing me a lot of good.

I have confessed, apologized, forgiven the best I can, remembered who stood by me and who didn't, the times I did and should have.

I have filled out garbage bags of things that aren't worth worrying about anymore and contemplated how many things really are in that pile called life's too short.

I have been letting things go, gotten some things off my chest. It's all good for the soul but maybe not easy on all bystanders.

Most of all I have realized that wondering why is generally a waste of time, that the things you fix yourself are the things that turn out, and that remembering your pleasures does you just about as much good as anything.

So I have decided that as busy as the next few months will be the hell with it there will be regular stops for sewing, even if the projects can't be too complex for a while.

Which brings me logically to Pamela's Perfect Fit T shirt.

You remember a few frames back I made the one with the full bust view in the size specified by my measurements and it was too baggy for my figure, and my purposes, which was something I could wear as a base garment.

Here is the same pattern, in the normal woman front in a size extra small, as incredible as it seems since I have not been an extra small since I was a baby.

I think this T shirt is just what I was looking for and I will be making it again in different necklines. Once I have been to New York and picked up more fabric of course:

Fast sewing is still pretty exciting.


a little sewing said...

ooooooooh, I LIKE that fabric and I totally agree that fast sewing is exciting.
Carry On!

Beth said...

I love your t-shirt! Which is encouraging since I never thought it was worth it to sew them, but you are making me change my mind. The jacket is fabulous too! I love your blog and your stream-of-consciousness writing, very funny. Thanks for sharing!

velosewer said...

Good on you. I admire your cleaning out your psychic drawer. That's when you can focus on and still travel and enjoy your family.
Plus make great tops and buy more fabric too.
Take care:)

Susan said...

You look great in your tee shirt and jacket; ready to be dazzled by the intelligence of this years students. Please keep posting on the AirBNB experience. So far the cost of a room in NYC has kept me from fabric shopping there.

shams said...

Cute top in a great fabric! And congrats on such a healthy clearing out!!

Belinda said...

You look wonderful!

Linda said...

Looks like the right fit. Nice fabric!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of something a friend's mother said to her many years ago:

'You know, you're smarter than you look."

Still makes me laugh every time it pops into my head.


SEWN said...

Love the top and the fabric. Looks perfect under your jacket. :)

Karin said...

You remind me that me and the kids are due a big closet clear out. I keep waiting for the weather to change. That's my excuse, and I am sticking with it!
It's wonderful to find a tnt tshirt pattern. And xsmall is flattering, even if we are all sophisticated enough not to care about sizing.

Bunny said...

Great shirt and wonderful fabric. Love your attitude! Life is too short.

Dixie said...

Oh, THAT'S what that big thud I heard from the northeast was - you dumping your excess stuff! Good work done.
Love the shirt. Great fabric and fit.

Lyrique said...

Very smart looking outfit.