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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, October 8, 2012

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

I am turkeyed out so this will not be all that coherent. Sort of like my fly paper thoughts, only the just-loaded-the- dishwasher version.

First of all with all the cooking going on my sewing this weekend has been limited. Another Adele top which is in a nice very soft rayon but this will do the pointed hem tops for me for a while. Time to move on.

Too tired to put it on me, and even the dress form is off kilter, so this is more an evidence than an illuminating photo.

Now onto what is firing around in my head tonight:

  • Thank you for the coat feedback. The first one is more me and I felt that in my gut too. Have to decide if current fabric options in the sewing room are up to scratch or if I need to get something worthy
  • Pattern hasn't arrived yet so I have lots of good angst time left
  • My kingdom for a news anchor whose upper lip still moves.
  • Three-year-olds think cookies shaped like turkeys and look like they were iced in the dark or at least by someone who left her glasses in the car are perfectly normal and in fact great.
  • Do any of my Australian readers remember what wonderful fabric departments Buckley's and Myers had in Melbourne?
  • If they are gone now don't tell me.
  • I have been on a fabric diet since May and my nerves are shot
  • I am going to knit that sweater again, one day, except this time get it right
  • At least I can knit socks
  • For both feet
  • I miss my son in New York so much
  • His sister will see him next
  • I have a great recipe for pickled crudities if you are interested
  • Helps counter balance the gravy.
  • My husband cooks the turkey at 425 and it is succulent
  • I was through the menopause before I found out you could cook anything above 350
  • My sister-in-law gave me a seam ripper in a leather case
  • I would not buy this for myself
  • She is an ace
  • Starting Thursday I am babysitting the two little girls, 1 and 3, for five days.
  • The baby is still nursing 6 times a day
  • This is Monday night
  • I might not work on a coat muslin this weekend
  • If you don't get enough email, try making a political reference on a blog
  • All I was saying was where's staff?
  • I am still saying that
  • Do you think the kids will watch the VP debate with me?
  • Might, we will all be up
  • Bake at 350 blog has the best sugar cookie recipe ever
  • See 350
  • I am getting more exercise and cutting back on portions
  • I have put on four pounds
  • And that was before turkey cookies
  • I used to be an ace with really little kids
  • Wonder if that's still true
  • Wonder what my sister in law is doing this weekend
  • I need to sit down and do a whack of pattern reviews for pattern review
  • Do you think I should do a SWAP this year?


Linda said...

I love your post!

annie said...

Don't know about fabric in Melbourne. What I do know is that I made a pilgrimage, sort of, to Souleiado, in Tarascon, while I was in France last month. It was a blow to learn that they will not be selling fabric any longer. It is such colorful and distinctive fabric and of the best quality. I loved to visit there when I could and to buy a bit now and then even though it was prohibitively expensive. Like you and Melbourne, I wish I didn't know.

thornberry said...

Sadly, I am in my forties, and don't remember the fabric departments at Myer or at Buckley's (which doesn't exist - it's David Jones now, and has been for a long time). It's been long time since they sold fabric - but in Melbourne we do have Clegs, Tessuti, The Fabric Store, Darn Cheap Fabrics, and many many more! Maybe I shouldn't have told you.....

Sharon said...

Oh dear I do remember the fabric in David Jones in Newcastle, NSW and maybe it was Grace Bros as well.

Alison said...

I remember the fabric in DJs & Myer or Grace Bros as it was. Sigh.

Far said...

:) happy Thanksgiving!

shams said...

These kids that have the audacity to grow into interesting people and then move away! I feel your pain and hope you get to see him soon.

Janine said...

Yes do I ever remember the fabric departments in Myers and Buckley and Nunns - My mother and I used to catch a tram into the city and go there - My mother recently gave me some old liberty that she bought at Buckleys - on sale when it closed down and I have kept a little dress I sewed from beautiful swiss cotton for my daughter - again gifted from my mother. They sold beautiful fabrics . It was sad when Myers stopped their fabric section ( but Myers of course is still going strong ).

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Barbara you wrote this on my blog:

Your entire wardrobe is a testimony to the power of great fabric maximized by established patterns. You inspire me.

and I just wanted to thank you for such kind words...they meant a lot to me! I tried to email this to you directly but obviously I need your email addy since it came back! But thanks again and I so hope that we meet in NYC in November!

Denise /Calypso said...

So glad I wasn't the one to break the bad news to you about Myer and Buckleys ! I've just come back from Europe, and found precisely 3 small fabric shops on my 5 week travels, 2 of which had truly dismal old lady beige and pink stretch florals, and one which had something worth entering the shop for, but nothing worth buying. (If you're ever in Colmar, France - Totos Tissus is the place to be !)Last stop was Singapore...whole STREETS of fabrics (on and near Arab Street FYI)