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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, March 8, 2014

Down but not out

There isn't a lot of sewing to post here because there isn't a lot of sewing going on, due to the flu.

Last weekend my daughter and son-in-law had it. When I got that "I have lost the will to live" call from my daughter and my son-in-law said he started to walk up the stairs to see the kids and had to sit down because he was too dizzy I took the little girls over to my house for three days. 

This was of course partly showing off on my part as I am famous for never getting sick. We had a good time, reading books and making houses all over the house. Listen Nutella is pretty good stuff. Miss Scarlett did this picture of the three of us on that weekend, this is the sort of thing you save. It's worth more than tenure:

Of course being a smarty pants I did get the bug, just in time for my poor husband's week home. I was going to have him take pictures of the Renfrew top but since I have announced myself too weak to wash any dishes, and cook the food on them, I probably shouldn't rally so far as to start styling T shirts.

We will have to get to that later.

But of course my mind has been actively sewing and considering sewing. 

You wouldn't believe the brilliant letter I wrote to Simplicity at 2:00 a.m. this morning, only in my head of course, on how it was a terrible business decision to write off this whole country. We have the largest land mass in the world (OK there isn't much in most of it, but who knows maybe one day there will be), not all of us want to spend 8 months of the year watching Hockey Night in Canada, we are delusional ( I mean we stay here all winter) and will buy lots of patterns. Lots. Why don't they just get in the car and drive their whole operation over to BMV, who have sensible sales (one on right now) and ship patterns to this side of the border for $8 rather than the $17 each I hear those jokers at Simplicity are offering, and just leave it on the sidewalk for them to pick up?

I mean BMV sales are brilliant. I have tons of patterns downstairs I bought from them that I will never, ever use and I am adding to that number every month. And I am quite sure there are many more women like me from the Bay of Despair (real place, Newfoundland) all the way to Moose Jaw and beyond with the same behavioural pattern. BVM obviously has a business model that works, particularly with the weak and the vulnerable.

So what alternate model is Simplicity working from? The restrict the market, print the patterns but only sell them at JoAnn's model? Listen I go to JoAnn's like every other snowbird in Florida when I can, but JoAnn's is not it, the only it.

Which brings me to some of what I bought in NYC. Now generally I don't post fabric I bought pictures in case someone smart starts to keep track and realizes that they don't actually see this fabric become anything like a garment, but I am making an exception because the fabric is interesting.

Here we go:

I make crazy cotton shirts for my youngest son, who always says, "the crazier the better Babs" and this might fit that bill. He is away in New Zealand right now and every picture he posts on facebook he has on the exact same last crazy shirt I made him, which kind of has me concerned. He is a water guy and I thought the bridges were perfect.

My son in NYC's girlfriend and I both think this is our favourite. If this doesn't make me a cute summer blouse, I mean what will?

Since so much of my work life has been about newspapers and writing how could I not love this? I can see the pattern in my head I want but not in the books.

Gorgeous knit, the hand I mean, I will either be making a top that requires a lot of fabric or a dress that doesn't require much fabric.

Cotton quilted, sort of like high end sweatshirt fleece that I will make into a long jacket thing with big pockets for carrying the poop bags I collect when Mr. R and I go walking.
So that's it and as soon as I am feeling a little better I am on it.


Colleen Gander said...

Looks like you held to your resolve to dress in colour with your new fabric purchases. I think your son will love the bridge fabric. Must try that for mine. He did ask once if I could sew shirts. Seems all I ever sew for him remains hidden under his jeans (boxers). And some of them have been pretty crazy.

a little sewing said...

Hope you feel better soon Barb. I enjoyed seeing your latest fabric purchases - the bridges will be great for a crazy shirt and the others are special, too.

Kathrynsb said...

The website sewing pstterns. Com has g
Downloadable patterns including simplicity usually the downlsods are cheaper by lots
sometimes they have sales
I like neue mode and you can't guy that in Iowa
I don't even mind printing and taping together
I reuse copy paper from my office
Check it out
I like getting patterns at 2 am instantly

K.Line said...

That Paris fabric is amazing!!!

Pixie said...

I am in NZ. If I hear an accent wearing a crazy shirt, I'm gonna ask. Just saying.....

Judi Pinkham said...

You made me laugh and so did Pixie's comment. Love your new fabric!!!

Laceflower said...

New fabrics and lack the strength to sew, that hurts.
Like your Paris scene fabric. Feel better or drink Scotch and feel nothing.

badmomgoodmom said...

Feel better soon.

I want all of your fabric picks. Perhaps you can be my personal shopper in NYC?

Thanks for sharing the drawing. I run across stuff like that when I clean and it .almost. makes up for the resentment that no other inhabitant of our house cleans up.

Janet said...

….not all of us want to spend 8 months of the year watching Hockey Night in Canada, we are delusional ( I mean we stay here all winter) and will buy lots of patterns. Lots…..
Tee Hee! That is my marital bliss dream. He watches hockey and I sew, every Saturday night…Ok, only when the leafs play. I don't need to be in the same room. The room adjacent is perfect. He doesn't really get it but I am working on him. We are both doing what we enjoy. Ok, I know it isn't everyone's idea of a good time. I run over to look at instant replays of goals and he gets sewing updates during commercials and coach's corner….

Anonymous said...

That drawing is really beautiful. The fabric looks great too...seems like you are ready to go with some great new stuff when you are feeling better...which is hopefully soon.

O. Jolly said...

Hi! It's my first visit to your blog and I'm really enjoying your writing and sense of humor. Beautiful fabric! It's been a few days since you posted this so I do hope you're feeling better by now.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Since it's 10 days later, I really hope you're feeling better now! And of course the fabric purchases are inspired!!!

KellysSewing said...

I hope you are feeling so much better that you just don't even have time to slow down and blog!