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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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Percolating Butterick 6690

I am almost finished my next son shirt, yet another version of McCalls 6613 which is becoming my go to for a button-down shirt, and thinking of my next project for myself.

I am thinking of this one Butterick 6099 which I picked up on my last pattern BMV buying frenzy. I have an idea in my head to try to use as many of the pieces from my previous male family member shirts in it as I can.

Oh and here is what that pattern looks like:

When I wear this I intend to have a more cheerful look on my face. What's with this? " I knew thong underwear was a bad idea with these jeans"?

The idea has something to do with my visit this summer from my sister Nancy.

Nancy is quite creative and has an eye for decor. I asked her that old "what do I do with my house?" question. The homestead is in a bit of a state of flux, that place you get to when everyone has left home a while ago but left their odds and ends and things much larger than that (like five surfboards) with you.

The battering that happens when you have raised three kids in a small house has remained too along with the what do I do with their old room issue.

One of my sisters promptly sold both beds and turned one room into a sewing room and one into an office. Other folks, like Michelle's Obama's mother kept her old room just like it was in Chicago. I am sort of in the middle. I handed all their possessions over to the two that moved out and stayed local but have been reluctant to do anything with the room of the one who moved away to the US. Having a room that was left behind, like a childhood, didn't really make me happy either, but I don't want to erase his presence from where I am every day either.

I couldn't figure it out.

Then Nancy arrived and helped me out.

Her idea was to take personal things from that room, like some of the pictures and move them into the living room and kitchen where I can see them every day and to make that room into a better guest room so he and who ever else shows up as a real adult comfortable place to stay and not a remnant.

I have started to do that and it feels good to move parts of him back into the mainstream of the house.

This was also part of a process that Nancy calls shopping your house which means you move things you have put away into your main rooms and rotate things with the season. For instance she took old poetry books that were my grandfather's, he loved poetry, and moved them to a shelf in the living room. Lots of things like that.

So in the convoluted place that is my brain I have decided in this next project, rather than just using new fabric or even one piece I have, of shopping my sewing room and incorporating some of what I have been sewing into something that I am working on now.

Does any of this make any sense to you?


Mrs. Smith said...

I love this! Especially the part about 'shopping your house'. Funnily I am always wanting to buy "stuff" for the house but at the same time we are always complaining that we have too much stuff!

I think I will do that this fall; take the opportunity to get things that we already own into a more useful arrangement!

Sue Parrott said...

I love this idea too! I have rearranged numerous times (little things like moving a small table to another room) and love the small changes! Go for it!

Donna W said...

Makes a lot of sense to me. Look forward to seeing your blouse.

theresa said...

Ooh, I just bought that Butterick pattern, B6099, as well. I'm going to lengthen it and make it up for a nightshirt. Love to see what you are going to do.
Theresa in Tucson

Judith said...

Had to laugh at your description of the models face ~ very aptly put! ... J

Lynn Barnes said...

I almost always shop my own pattern collection anymore -- have been collecting them since I was 10, so ... nearly 46 years now. There's not much new on offer that I don't already have a pretty close version already. In a way, that makes me sad. Saves a bucketload of cash at the fabric store.

Still, there's almost never the right fabric (or enough of the right fabric) on the shelves when I want to make a dress or long pants. So I still get to indulge myself now and again, strolling down the aisles and caressing the bolts of fabric as I go.

badmomgoodmom said...

That makes perfect sense. In the terms used by a book I read, you are dwelling instead of surging.

Leigh Wheeler said...

Makes sense to me. I read in Happier at Home that the author created a little 'shrine' area/shelf to put a collection of pictures and meaningful knickknacks. She changed out the pictures/etc seasonally (winter memories, summer vacations) and that way not every single picture needed to be out as it would get it's turn. I thought it was a really nice idea.