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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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another shirt from McCalls 6613

I am still deep in company land so this will be brief. Here are some shots of my latest shirt for a son, this one for my boy in NYC.

This pattern continues to impress with a few modifications. The buttonhole markings for the collar are far too high into the collar - the ones you see in RTW are right into the point, in some right into the top stitching.

I have also settled on this method for doing a collar on a stand, more steps but each is more or less a straight seam and can be fixed before you commit to the next stage. No fancy sewing or rolling or twisting - this method suits my style of sewing best.


Here we go:







Monday, August 18, 2014

Flypaper thoughts mid August


  • Wall to wall family visits this month
  • Love the company, wish some of this happened in mid winter
  • Seeing more of the dishwasher than the sewing machine
  • Have resorted to delegating some of the food prep to a two and four year old
  • Results as expected
  • I think trees have souls
  • At least the ones in my front yard
  • Every night I take Daisy out in the yard and pat the moss patch on the one in front of the window
  • It knows
  • I know it does
  • The shirts are taking off
  • Have orders for five more for various men in the family
  • Who would have guessed?
  • In life you are never caught up
  • Figure that out and you have a lot figured out
  • Am making a list of most worn and most wish I had garments for this season
  • So far my eye shade that blocks out the various little device lights in my bedroom is #1
  • Silk tops not so much
  • Do you know that potato flowers are the colour of the skins of potatoes?
  • File that one away
  • I have plants in the front yard with purple flowers
  • Don't ask
  • Need to go to New York and buy fabric
  • Every once in a while you run across someone who doesn't know anything about a subject
  • But wants to explain it to you anyway
  • Little Billy looks exactly like his grandfather Billy
  • That's pretty nice
  • Kind of a life bonus
  • In the fall I will have time to sit in my sewing room and make seams
  • But then I will miss them all