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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, October 18, 2016

Flypaper thoughts New York edition

  • Five days here and having a blast
  • Zippers cut to fit and hardware at Botani
  • Nice dinner with Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic
  • Time in the FIT library reading about fit, which I have decided I am really interested in
  • Seeing more about drafting is instructive
  • But's what with the "ideal figure"?
  • You tell me one high hip from carrying babies around isn't ideal
  • Or legs gone veiny from those 12 hour shifts
  • Or bent necks from seeing what the kids have written at their desks
  • Or earning a living over a keyboard
  • Or pounds that came with the genes
  • The same ones that gave you your smarts
  • And your common sense
  • Ideal figure, go figure
  • But I did find out that I need to get a flexible ruler
  • Been meaning to do that
  • Spent time with the kids looking at new places with them
  • Hope you don't mind this he said
  • This isn't the sights
  • Are you nuts?
  • Don't they realize once they are off in the world
  • All you really want is chances to be part of their real lives
  • You can buy a farm in some places, a good one
  • For a NY apartment
  • However I am noticing there are a few things around here 
  • You don't have on the farm
  • Just a few
  • Turns out another mother from home is here visiting
  • I know her from a sewing class and she has never done the garment district
  • That will change tomorrow


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

It was great to have dinner with you too! Even though we did spend way tooo long talking politics! Next time you're in the city we should do it again.

Anonymous said...

Ideal figure, indeed. A perfect summation!
Very poetic. Very touching, this human condition.
Keep 'em comin'
And where are these lovely farms??? I think I need one.
Vancouver Barbara

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine anything better than dinner with you and Carolyn. Two of my favorite bloggers together!
I am going to have to check out the FIT library the next time I'm in NYC. Does FIT have a bookstore?

Anonymous said...

How great to get to tag along on the apartment shopping outing, that would be my choice over conventional sight seeing any day!

Thanks for sharing your trip!


byginny said...

I hope you have a chance to see the "Crochet Coral Reef Project" at the Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle. You will love it

Marie Donnelly said...

Your post couldn't be more timely (although I've read your others on NYC). I'm heading down there for a girls' weekend and we've agreed that we will each have time on our own -- my time will be focused on sewing. I have too much beautiful fabric in my stash, but I was considering looking at the notions ... yet your comments about FIT piqued my interest. Can you just walk onto the campus and go to the library? Is it that simple?