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I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wrapping up SWAP, at least conceptually

On Thursday I am off to New York again, to see my son and his girlfriend, and I might swing by the garment district again.

What do you think?

I am seriously considering some sage advice Carolyn gave me last visit, and concentrate this time on hard-to-find-here notions, rather than fabric.

Of course if I manage to walk those streets and not bring home any fabric you will know for sure I have for some reason become a totally different person.

I hope the weather is good, to me NYC is a wonderful walking town and I am a walker, you see more. 

I am also looking forward to seeing my AirBnB host Eric again, he was such a nice guy. Of course he is a young New Yorker and eats every meal out. He is also a designer and my suspicion is that the spice jars on his kitchen shelves are only there because they colour co-ordinate. 

I had a glass of water in his kitchen (yes I was eating out all the time too, there are so many cool places and such excellent people watching) and I asked him for a "tea towel" to dry the glass. He has never heard of such a thing and the closest we could come to was he said "you mean a dish rag" which I don't think I meant at all - who would dry a glass with a rag? 

On my to-do list is "get Eric a tea towel." 

I wonder if the Superstore has them in grey.

I intend to take it easy this trip and wander around and drink tea and look at the people and go into stores and look at the clothes and probably go to MOMA and of course FIT has a shoe exhibition going on and I'm not missing that.

I have a lot on my mind.

I was catching up on my time wasting yesterday and I went over to BurdaStyle.

I had sort of given up on Burda lately since I decided to only sew Real Life clothes and my real life does not require many tight satin blouses with plunging necklines or coats without any closures.

I was surprised and pleased to see that the latest round is more liveable, wearable. Maybe this is because tight clothes and low waisted pants are going out of fashion and looser profiles have returned. Once we all get used to this new look I think we are all going to be more comfortable.

One thing that caught my eye was this coat, which remarkably is in a tall size, which I am.

What do you think?

This seems to me to be a cool coat and now I am wondering if I should make it as my SWAP sign off coat instead of the Vogue pattern below I had intended, which I could now make as a jacket version:
I would like some feedback on this.

Of course if I go with the Burda pattern then somewhere in NYC I am going to have to find someone who can cover a couple of buckles for me while I wait or at least within the day.

Life is so complicated.