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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 I write a monthly humour/sewing column for 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 Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Fabric and pattern big news

First of all the fabric:


On the way here we had a necessary detour at Fabricmartfabrics in Sinking Springs Pennsylvania. It's a small store front on an older partially residential street that disguises a large and highly organized inventory in the warehouse rooms in back and upstairs.

In the main store part there were racks and tables of ends at super prices. Some $1 a yard silks, and I kid you not.

To avoid losing my mind I decided to focus on knits and what you see here are 24 yards of mostly rayon/lycra with a few yards of cotton/lycra thrown in. Nice quality and this whole pile cost me $100 which, as I explained to my husband, is another example of how sewing saves me money.

I definitely will be putting Fabricmart on the permanent itinerary along with that great Thai place with the vegetable spring rolls, the world's best, in Freeport Maine of all non-Thaiwanese places. A must stop.

Now onto exciting pattern news. In my travels I had some time to think and it occurred to me that sewing really was my core business, despite all the other things I do with my time, some of it for a salary.

My mind is going with the sewing all the time.

So to cut a long drive, and a think, short as soon as I was in a place with a table where I could write I emailed off Stylearc and said you know those Linda pants are great but a slimmer leg version would be nice.

And they emailed right back and said, well that's exactly what we are releasing this very minute, and now well we are going to call it Barb.

This completely thrills me, you have no idea. This means more to me that any of those prizes I won in university, by far, and more to me than all the elections I helped to win (sorry about that senior members of government).

I mean this is a pattern.

With my name on it.

A pants pattern.

I couldn't be happier if I had negotiated world peace. Sorry about that.

I can hardly wait to sew it:

Isn't life exciting?

29 comments:

SEWN said...

That's amazing!!! How cool. I love it. Congrats! Love your blog by the way.

Jeanneke said...

Congratulations, this is 'sew fab(ric)ulous'!!
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

Anonymous said...

I saw that pattern yesterday and immediately knew they would be named after you. Congratulations :)

Karin said...

When StyleArc's newsletter hit my in-box and I saw the Barb pant, I knew it was you straight away! You are now officially a legend.
I am so jealous of your trip to Fabricmart. They won't ship to Europe, and my chances of getting to Pennyslvania are less than slim, sigh.

swanny said...

When I saw the new Barb pants, I wondered if they were named for you. Congratulations and enjoy your time south. It is sunny and lovely in Halifax today...

Carole Mellin said...

That's so cool! I've made the Gorgeous Gore skirt a hundred times and they still haven't named it after me...and I also just now ordered the Linda pants, darn it.

Catherine Daze said...

I completely understand why you're thrilled! Congratulations, they look like a great style.

Sewfast said...

I love the Barb pant! How exciting!

annie said...

How great is that!!!! Look forward to making a pair for myself.

On the topic of food, I started to tell you about the Harraseeket Lobster Lunch in Freeport and then realized that you already have plenty of access to lobster. Oh well. They just got a free plug.

Enjoy your holiday.

Angela said...

Congratulations!

Vicki said...

That is exciting. Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing them made up ;)

Sew Lady Sew! said...

Wow! That's fabulous!

Anonymous said...

And in your favourite colour too! Congratulations Barb.

Cleverclogs said...

wow, that's REAL stardom! Congratulations.

Karen in VA said...

I saw the pants before I read your blog and wondered if they were named after you. Congrats!!!

Martha said...

And they will look great on you! I simply must get me some Style Arc patterns.

Sharon said...

Woohoo that is great news!!

NancyDaQ said...

Well, you are famous now!

Kat Campbell said...

How amazing, to have a pattern named after you! I love the style too, and think I might need a pair... (or three)

Elaray said...

Wow! You really are a star!

I live about 60 miles for Fabric Mart and I get there about once a year. The prices are great, aren't they. And they let you shop in the mail order rooms, too!

KathyS said...

Tickled pink for you, Barb.

Patty said...

I've been on the fence, have not yet ordered a Style Arc pattern. But I think now I need to order the Barb!!

Mary said...

absolutely fun for you!!

Bunny said...

What an honor! You will be forever ensconced in the annals of sewing history. Go Barb!

The Hojnackes said...

Congratulations on having a pattern named after you! That is so exciting and wonderful.

Dorothy DotDot said...

This is exciting! It had to be nice being in a Fabric Mart.

LinB said...

Yay! You will have achieved bigger fame than a Nobel prize, with the naming of this pattern. I mean, you won't be in any record books, but you'll be in the pattern drawers and boxes of many, many people all over the world. Odd to think you might recognize yourself covering the legs and nether regions of people on the street as you travel in future months ... let's just not go there, shall we? Congratulations.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I am so late to the party on this but congrats. Now all is right with the world!!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oh ain't Fabric Mart grand!!