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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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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Here we go. Got a positive response from Stylearc on Mom jeans and in the meantime have just ordered Bootstrap's Boyfriend jeans pattern. 

Let's see what we can make up in the old RV.

I have sworn for decades now that I was not ever going to bother making jeans, which I could buy. Then one morning I woke up and thought "I think I should make some jeans." 

Every once in a while this happens to me as a sewer. Maybe why I can't ever do a SWAP. Maybe why I collect fabric and supplies. Never say never seems to be part of my sewing life.

What about you?

What sewing course changes have you made recently?


E McAfee said...

I'm trying to move away from grey as my main neutral. Now that I'm letting my hair go grey, grey clothes just don't seem as flattering. I think I'm going to transition to a denim blue, but I'm still at the planning stage. And I'll need a bunch of new fabrics...

Anonymous said...

I've been sewing too much cotton which requires ironing. Boo, hiss. Now I'm trying knits.

How's Miss Daisy doing?

Leigh Wheeler said...

I'm going to sew clothes (by golly) and finish UFOs. That is the new plan.

Anonymous said...

Aloha from Josie

I read your blog often, want to post a comment. It does not show. Hope you make jeans. I love to make them. I have a industrial sewing jeans is easy.

Mahalo for sharing

bbarna said...

After leaving a decent paying job (that drove me crazy) for near poverty retirement, I am using up every scrap that I own as creatively as I can. I made stacks of pjs for the grandkids for Christmas, as well as pillowcases, quilts, receiving blankets and maternity/nursing tops for my daughter-in-law. I have gone from making only quilts for years, back to clothing sewing as a necessity, and I am enjoying it very much. I just finished a Jalie jacket for myself and I already planning another. In the 70's and 80's I took classes in tailoring, bra making and jeans construction and they are all coming in handy now. Thank goodness for having a stash, as it has come in very handy. I took up cycling two years ago, and as a large curvy woman, I am finding it necessary to make most of my cycling wear as well. Love the blog.
Barb from BC

LinB said...

I woke up with visions of a 1970s, placket-front shirtwaist dress in my head. Huh. Well, since I bought a bolt of curtain fabric printed with anthropomophic animals at the thrift store last week, at least I have something fun to use for a muslin. My grandmother's older sister wore the style of which I am thinking, with shoulder yokes, long cuffed sleeves, a button placket that went to just below the waist, and a self-fabric narrow sash. Hers were of pastel polyester double-knit; mine will not be -- nor will I emulate the huge collars she favored.

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