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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 10, 2017

Flypaper thoughts almost home edition

  • The best thing about being at home will be seeing Daisy and the kids
  •  The second best thing is I will no longer have to use those useless hand air dryer things
  •  I am totally convinced that nobody in human history has ever actually got their hands even remotely drier using those things
  • Walked around Target while my husband picked up the only brand of Levis that he says fit him
  • Tried on a long bomber jacket
  • Fingertip length and not very gathered at the bottom
  • Light went on
  • This is my next sewing project
  • Have been wrestling with casual jacket ideas
  • But I want one that covers longer tops
  • Bingo we have a winner
  • Was going to clean the house when I got back
  • Might not do that so quickly once I start unpacking fabric
  • So glad we made this road trip
  • Every winter we drive south through grey and ice and I do not enjoy New Brunswick and Maine
  • Tree, house, tree, tree house
  • This time the leaves were out and the sky was blue
  • What a difference a season makes
  • Showed you the pillows my DIL’s grandmother made
  • At nearly 97 she still irons her son’s shirts
  • Told me she does just one a day but she gets them done
  • Worth it because this way she knows he will be dropping by twice a week even when he is busy
  •  Crafty in many ways that one
  • A model for us all
  • First husband’s partner has a cool idea for wedding wear
  • She has one pattern and had five suits made up in Dupioni in different colours
  • She just rotates them through the events
  • Actually an interesting idea if you think about it, always looks nice
  • Just remembered I have Hallowe’en costumes to start too
  • They are changing their minds twice a day so I need an update
  • Once my youngest son wanted to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • I spent a week making a costume what was split down the middle, hat included, different clothes
  • My best work
  • He came home from school
  • All the kids are being robbers
  • Do you have an old T shirt and a pillow case?
  • Motherhood 001
  • You know why I sew?
  • It makes me happy
  • That’s all
  •  On my way home to get back at it


Anonymous said...

My concern about the 5 suit wedding wear plan is what if you get sick of the suit? Which I probably would.


Anonymous said...

Definitely off the wall! Love it.

Brenda said...

I always made you girls Halloween costumes and now I make the grand kids costumes. Rule was and still is: decide by Oct 1 and you CAN NOT change your mind. Finished princess dress for 4 year old and cape for 11 year old. Now working on Little Red Riding Hood for 10 year old. Sew fun!!

Leigh said...

I work in one of those LEED certified buildings that is supposed to be ecologically thrifty (or whatever). It has only one of those stupid air hand-driers in the bathroom, so we all stand in line to use it. Probably to save paper. Well, it saves paper alright, I wipe my still-wet hands on my pants. Well, if I can wash my hands. Half the time the wave-your-hands -in-front auto faucets don't recognize anyone is there, and even if they do, the auto soap dispensers are either empty or are too snobby to dispense soap to the working stiffs who use the restroon. I end up going to our kitchen in the breakroom to use a sink with a handle and paper towels. I think there's also a rule in LEED certified buildings that they can't use any heat. Last year we all walked around wrapped in blankets while still wearing our coats.