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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 29, 2015

Flypaper thoughts late Saturday night edition

  • My dress for the wedding is a day or two away from finished
  • Took everyone's advice and think it is going to be OK
  • Hard to sew though when you are saying "shit, shit I better not blow this"
  • Every seam
  • Forgot what hyper careful sewing felt like
  • And I mean hyper
  • Makes a real difference but could only do this every once in a while
  • Oh my nerves
  • As they say around here
  • Got shoes with giant bows on them
  • Different colour
  • My daughter is on match-matchy alert around me
  • But my people, we were brought up to match
  • She doesn't get that
  • Causes me pain not to wear the jewelry sets
  • But she can spot those from across the street much less from across the room
  • I am not sure if Miss Daisy is recovering fast enough
  • Check-up Monday
  • How do you put someone on light duties whose only duties are walking around and sniffing the floor?
  • Have a dog sitter organized but are still on standby to see if we need that operation
  • Wedding in three weeks
  • Oh my nerves
  • Miss Scarlett is learning to sew at nearly six
  • If you are born to do it you can start early
  • By instinct she knew to turn under the raw edge on the hem
  • Burnt her fingers on the iron
  • We are not telling her mother
  • Part of the initiation
  • Went silent when we were out
  • "Babsie I can see hems everywhere"
  • Waited my whole life to hear something like that
  • When you make a dress in silk dupioni you realize when you are done
  • That first time you sit down you will make it all wrinkles
  • Nice to sew though
  • Presses well
  • Why can't dogs talk?
  • Maybe because they are too busy listening


Nursebennett said...

"Waited my whole life to hear something like that" Wow can I relate! My granddaughter just began college last week and at least for now her major is apparel merchandising, so this may be the closest I get to having someone in the family to discuss sewing related things. She currently has a class simply titled "Textiles" and I'm envious! LOL

Lyndle said...

Lovely. Well dine on dress. Obviously no sitting to be done till layer in the evening. Your granddaughter sounds awesome. Best recovery wishes to daisy the Listener.

Anne said...

I'm glad your dress is coming along well. You'll know by wedding whether Daisy needs op or not? Fingers crossed.

Louise Perry said...

Love your blog. Keep going nearly done.

Anonymous said...

Such a great update--you put words so well to what many of us think. Pulling for Miss Daisy; fingers x'd that all of you get through the next few weeks with lots of laughter and zero tears.

sewingkm said...

Your wedding dress will be perfect - never fear! Sending well wishes for Daisy. Karen

AlaskaBerninaGirl said...

Sounds like everything is coming along just fine and before you know it will all be past. So, enjoy the process. Happy for you to have a natural sewist to pass your knowledge on to. Nothing makes me happier than when my son and I are working on something together. Like me, he is a natural too. I don't know how people can be happy without a creative hobby in their life. My best to Daisy, I hope you all get good news tomorrow.

Linda said...

Like your random thoughts. Look forward to seeing the completed dress!