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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, August 2, 2014

Flypaper thoughts

  • On the sewing table are three shirts for the boys
  • Nothing unpredictable there
  • Front, back and collar. And sleeves
  • Will post when they are done
  • The loud road work has moved past our house and Miss Daisy is well settled
  • She plays with toys now and has one furry "baby" she frantically runs around hiding
  • I wonder where her real babies ended up
  • Speaking of babies
  • My daughter is discovering once again they are all different
  • Mothers learn that over and over
  • Asked the little girls what they wanted for lunch
  • Miss Heidi at two said "hot dogs
  • Miss Scarlett at four said "do you have any brussel sprouts?"
  • My point exactly
  • To break up pre-collar band angst I am engaged in some private projects
  • The best ones make no sense
  • Am collecting all the pocket patterns from my various pattern and putting them in one large envelope
  • Labelling it "pockets" just to be confusing
  • Decided to institute pockets in most garments
  • For years I just didn't put them in because sewing them slowed me down
  • Ready to be slowed down
  • Also cell phones and poop purses make them a necessity
  • All dog walkers will get this
  • Have also decided to do final versions on heavy paper of my TNTs with alterations made
  • Reading Add 3/8", add 1/2", add 3/4" is confusing even me
  • Need to consolidate my TNT suite
  • One little corner of my life organized
  • Had a mouse in the sewing room
  • Nice little nest made in my "to do mending pile"
  • Could have been there undisturbed for 15 years without me knowing
  • You don't need to build a better mouse trap
  • Just put peanut butter in it
  • Considering spending the fall making dresses
  • Easiest dressing and goes with rubber boots
  • Off to figure out what to do with four bunches of kale
  • Made kale chips last weekend
  • Everyone said they were great and left them in the bowl
  • Tasted like paper towels
  • Who can blame then
  • Wonder if Butterick falls will be interesting
  • Would be nice if they were


Lois Kelly said...

The very best thing on kale is bacon fat, but I no longer use that as a condiment. ;) Second best is low fat bleu cheese salad dressing.

Annette said...

I love kale in my smoothies. It is a great way to sneak in extra veggies.

I've given up on Butterick. I cannot get there patterns to fit me.

Your nest reminds me that I should go through all of my stashes.

Janet said...

Final versions of TNT's on heavy paper - awesome! I wish I could get myself to do that. :)

Angela said...

The kale chips thing did not go over well at my house either, despite the glowing reports on pinterest. They even hated how they smelled.

Belinda said...

Sewing collar stands on shirts is nearly as daunting as dealing with 4 bunches of kale! Best of luck with both.

Vivienne said...

Please try kale, parmesan and white bean soup. There is a great recipe on the Smitten Kitchen website which we had at least a dozen times earlier this year. I'm with you on pockets. The older I get the less I want to lug a bag around.

Bunny said...

Kale chips are highly overrated. Hubby wanted to know why I wasted good kale on that method. If you want something really good try Portuguese Kale Soup. I know Emeril Lagasse has a recipe. I have been making it for years. We grew up close to where Emeril to and the Kale Soup from that area is to die for. Forget the chips.

Unknown said...

I love these posts. I really love them. Thank you so much for sharing your humor and perspective with the sewing blog world.

BeccaA said...

I love your flypaper thoughts! Yeah, I tried kale chips and the crunchy ones were less bad than the not fully dried out ones, but not worth repeating either.

Judi Pinkham said...

No to kale, yes to making fall dresses to wear with boots. :)

Anonymous said...

I also love these posts as well. In addition, I think I am going to love the Kale Parmesan White Bean soup; just pulled the recipe off Smitten Kitchen.

Lynn said...

Well, you can send your kale chips to me. I love these posts and would really like to adopt Miss Scarlet, or maybe just sponsor a vacation trip to California for her.

Anonymous said...

Kale chips! Who thought that one up? I've never eaten a good one. When I tried it at home they were terrible. Waste of time, electricity and kale. I love kale cut in 1/8" ribbons, steamed then sauteed with onions, garlic and a few mashed up anchovies. Very hearty and delish if you like that kind of thing.
Thanks for the Smitten Kitchen link. Now I have someone else to love.
Good luck with all those collar bands. Me, I'm always trying to figure out a way to avoid them; cut-on stand for example. Bowling shirt, anyone?
Vancouver Barbara

Kay said...

You have the bestest grandchildren EVAH! Makes me wish I had had my children when I was younger so I would have some of my own by now. Last week's God conversation was priceless.

I made McCalls 6885 this week based on your earlier show-and-tell. I had some cotton/tencil denim that was begging to be made into a loose shirtdress to wear to the garden center etc. Did you notice that the front armholes didn't match on the two sides? Not even close! I ended up folding the pattern in half lengthwise and picking the armhole I thought would work best. Also, the front placket is really weird. Is the bottom supposed to flop freely like that? But those were easily fixed issues. The dress is, as you said, comfy and cool. I didn't think of pockets until it was done, but because it was a little too big, I was able to go back and add them when I took up the sides. I'm in the process of making it up in chambray, and I found some striped shirting in my stash that would make a cute sleeveless tunic in that pattern. I hate to waste all my pattern and fitting solutions on just one garment!

SewRuthie said...

Cheered me up quite a lot after one of those rubbish work days. :-)