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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, December 30, 2014

Kicking off with plackets

Jodie has emailed me to ask about sewing shirt plackets, as in the men's shirt kind, rather than the continuos plackets that are usually suggested in shirts for women. Pam Howard uses continuos plackets in her Craftsy course on sewing shirts and they are also a feature of the Alder shirt for women by Grainline.

I know this is a classic womenswear technique but I don't like it at all.

How I look at sewing explains why.

But before I go there, and I will be posting my own placket instructions tonight, I want to explain why I have introduce the new sidebar for any sewing issues you would like discussed.

Like most people I have used the time over the holidays to think about life changes/improvements. This time focused on things I actually want to do rather than half to do, or should do, which narrows it down a lot.

This is my transition year, my last of full time teaching and a move into doing only the courses that I really love according to my own schedule. I intend in filling the freed up time with more sewing and sewing communication. That's why I have started to teach a few sewing classes again and why I have been thinking about this blog.

I love this blog but I really want to keep up my communication with you all without feeling pressured. Ask any blog writer and there comes a point where they might think "I don't feel like sewing something but I have to - for the blog." I often wonder if this kind of pressure is why some of my favourite bloggers have suddenly dropped off the map.

So I wanted to blog more and talk about sewing more, in addition to my unsolicited and frequent flypaper thoughts, but without feeling like I had to be a regular production factory. There are so many other folks doing such a good job with that.

So I came up with this sewing issue idea, something that would allow me time to time to talk about sewing but only do a few hand-sized samples in between the larger garment construction projects. I also figured out, as someone who always tries to find the easy way, that doing a bit of this would help me build up my store of teaching samples and save me from having to complete a whole new garment every time I teach a class.

So that's it and tonight I will be posting on plackets done as painlessly as possible.

Make sense?


kim nath said...

Late to the party as usual but I wanted to say that I would buy your book in a heartbeat. I have been sewing for 38 years and went to design school but I haven't sewn much lately and it would be great to re-learn things from someone who obviously loves sewing.

badmomgoodmom said...

Please continue to post about whatever the hell you want to share. I know it will be of interest to me!

I feel no obligation to sew or knit just to blog about it. My blogging has slowed due to recent life events, but I want to maintain the relationships that have formed because of it.

We are starting a YouTube channel and Google+ page at work and I am deep into scripting 'Data Recipes' video segments. That paid gig (how did I score such a great job!?!) takes precedence over blogging.

Angela M. said...

Ditto the above - I'd get your book in a heartbeat, and post about whatever you feel like! I'm looking forward to your posting about plackets.

Patty said...

Can't wait!

Sandra O'Leary said...

I am just returning to sewing after being absent for many years. I am loving your blog and I also would like to pre order your book when it is possible.
I also live in Nova Scotia and would like to know where you will be teaching sewing classes...

Anonymous said...

It's obvious you have a fan base who just wants to hear from you on whichever topic takes your fancy. Blog on!
Vancouver Barbara

Sandra O'Leary said...

I agree ~ whatever you write, I will read ~

runlexlou said...

I'm a long-time lurker and love reading everything you write about--whether sewing-related or not. I think it's your wonderful sense of humor and approach to life that draws me in. For the person asking about plackets, I use David Coffin's book on shirt making. Works like a charm. Looking forward to your future posts. Happy New Year!

Teri said...

You write it, I'll read it. Off to read your placket post. Perfect timing as my husband needs some new shirts.