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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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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Link for Madeleine top

Here is that link to the Stylearc top.

FYI it is essentially a top with a pleat in it at the waist and a band that goes over it and is inserted into the side seam,s

A green outfit

I posted a shot of myself sitting down in this outfit a while ago. 

It has taken me some time to slow down my photographer enough to get pictures when he is home. The husband has been busy replacing ornamental shrubs with raised bed vegetable gardens and pouring me a patio. All I want for outdoor landscaping/furniture is a good heavy picnic table and need somewhere to put it on.

I have pretty basic tastes and to my mind you can't beat a good picnic table. 

You can eat outside on it, sew on it, and if like me you are going to be taking care of grandchildren 2-3 days a week, it works well for lunches and you can hang the baby seat off it so the baby can eat outside with you too.

My husband like projects, particularly ones that allow him to destroy/rip out something first, in this case the bushes at the front of the house. Even better if he can rope an acquaintance to come over with some heavy machinery to do it. Nothing that man likes better than heavy machine marks all over the front lawn.

But of course all of has cut into his photography time.

We fixed that this morning with me standing on a bed in the guest room because on a grey wet day that room seemed to be collecting most of the natural light.

I usually don't wear this colour but I had some of this ponte downstairs and figured why not? I intended it to be a wearable muslin but now think I will wear it to the rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding. This kind of nice surprise with a new pattern rarely happens does it?

The top pattern was this one, good for folks with cylinder shaped bodies as it implies more shape than there might actually be:

Stylearc's Madeliene

The skirt is my TNT knit pencil from Pamela's Patterns. I sewed tricot to the side seams of each piece for body (left the hems free and unfinished):

And finally here is me in the result, if I look a little wonky you have to remember I was standing on a bouncy bed when these shots were taken:

And finally here is a shot of the happiest, wildest little dog in Canada. Our little Daisy at one brief moment when she wasn't tearing around the yard:

Now off to do some shirt-making today, don't think the rain is letting up.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flypaper thoughts Sunday afternoon version

  • Regrouping
  • Ex son's girlfriend is settled and it's all for the best
  • Good news is that the fabric that I had for her dresses works for my step-daughter
  • I am practical like that
  • So is she
  • Beginning to think that sewing is my core activity
  • Might as well come out about that
  • Have organized a convoy to head to DC for the wedding in September
  • Four people under 5 in two cars and five adults
  • We will rotate those who cry
  • Wonder who will be first
  • The men think we can drive right through in two days
  • That's a lot of I spy
  • Change your needle when you are making shirts just before the buttonholes
  • Will save you from skipped stitches in the zig-zags
  • Bumper load of blossoms on the crab apple tree this year
  • Hope that means a bumper crop of apples for crab apple jelly
  • I have names on my waiting list for it
  • I am stopping at Cracker Barrel for chicken and dumplings en route or I will cry
  • When you interface a collar and band interface them both with something lighter
  • That way all pieces that are going to attach to each other will be the same size
  • And behave the same way
  • No force fits
  • My sister and niece are coming here for two weeks and we are going to sew their wedding dresses
  • My husband will be away so we will take over the whole house
  • I will get my sister to cook
  • Nice Greek food conducive to creativity
  • Miss Daisy is full of beans
  • "That's a feisty little one" says the man on a walk
  • Can that dog run
  • And smile
  • I want to take a picture but all I get is small black streak blurred on a bunch of grass
  • Her message is don't be giving up
  • There might actually be an act two
  • Or somewhere to go home to after all
  • Rhubarb jam is almost as good as crab apple jelly
  • Got it growing in the front yard
  • Took out the bushes underneath the front window and put in two raised vegetables gardens
  • That is where the sun is
  • Like why not?
  • So far the mailman is impressed
  • Going to come by after work and take measurements so he can do it at home
  • Who says we don't need door-to-door delivery
  • Next month we are moving to community boxes
  • Can't have a conversation with that
  • The shirt for my son will be done this week and then doing one for my husband
  • Considering pattern idea #913 for myself for the wedding
  • Then I have to think of shoes
  • What do you think of those ladies who were barred from Cannes because they were wearing flats?
  • Heels that kill your feet are part of the dress code
  • I mean honestly
  • Put those officials in 4" stilettos for the board meeting
  • Best cure for insomnia is a dull book
  • If you need some titles I have a few without punctuation
  • Is a sleeve board really useful?
  • One thing I don't have
  • Back to marking