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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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Friday, October 12, 2018

Flypaper thoughts Friday night edition

  • Well
  • It has been a while since I sewed a Butterick pattern
  • Shapes and end result were great
  • But
  • Where did these instructions come from?
  • Remind me when I am boss of the world to ban "for knits" patterns
  • With "for wovens" instructions
  • Stay-stitching, hems that are basted, pressed, trimmed, finished basted, then pressed, then topstitching two parallel rows of straight stitches
  • Twin-needles anyone?
  • Cover hem?
  • Serged seams?
  • This is getting tiring
  • No wonder new sewers or any sewer are buying the best indies with 20 pages of good, realistic instructions
  • You got to keep up folks
  • I try to do that myself
  • If my 90 year old mother is on Linkedin why not?
  • (she's down as "looking for new opportunities")
  • My latest is trying to learn how to apply false eyelashes
  • You can buy a lot of fabric for the price of extensions
  • I figured DIY for $5 from the Superstore was a better idea
  • After all I can make bound buttonholes
  • How hard can it be
  • Yeah well try making bound buttonholes with one eye glued shut
  • Another trick
  • Don't put them on upside down so they curl into your eye
  • Fairly disappointing when you are going for glamour
  • I am going to be so ready for Halloween
  • About to gear up for the costume requests
  • Trouble is they change their minds the afternoon before
  • Last year that was after the feathers were stitched onto the owl cape
  • And the owl decided to be a princess like last year instead
  • My son-in-law is great at Halloween
  • One year the kids were the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
  • The middle child burst into tears
  • "Why am I wearing a stupid box with drawers painted on it?"
  • So next year she got to be a racoon
  • With claws I glued to some wool gloves
  • I am thinking of going as the Cat in the Hat
  • After all I am the one who says we need to clean this up before your mom comes home
  • Currently babysitting a Golden Retriever
  • He's having a great time
  • So far we are down two pounds of butter, a small dog bed, a package of hamburger buns
  • And the pumpkin pie before it got served for Thanksgiving
  • What I have learned
  • Golden retrievers have heads that are counter height
  • Tomorrow I am cutting out a shirt for my son-in-law
  • A summer shirt he has been waiting for since before we started covering the tomatoes at night
  • Oh well
  • Then I am cutting out for myself
  • Stay tuned for trial versions of a series of T-shirt patterns
  • Because next weekend I am going on a three day sewing retreat
  • Same place as last year in the hall of a local yacht club
  • So excited
  • Nothing but sewing people doing nothing but sewing
  • No more trying to pretend that you are really interested in anything else
  • It's my birthday next weekend and I can think of no better gift to myself
  • Don't you think so?


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Barbara!

~Your New Fan in Cali

SewRuthie said...

Enjoy your sewing retreat. Sounds great.

Kathie said...

Oh, Barbara! These posts always make me laugh out least once. It was the comment about one-eyed construction of a bound buttonhole... oh, and again that the visiting dog is enjoying himself. Thank you for my first two chuckles of the day.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the report on your sewing retreat birthday - sounds perfect! Large dogs and their enhanced access to kitchen counters, etc, takes some getting used to!


beckster said...

I think it sounds like a perfect birthday gift to yourself. Block out everything else as well as you can and get into the sewing zone. You deserve it! Happy Birthday!

Elizabeth Thacker said...

I love this.....happy birthday

Robert Kahan said...

Such a great post! We really laughed! I have been sewing for 3.5 hours, and need to stop to eat (LOL). The instructions with commercial patterns are pretty awful. I use mainly vintage, and when I don't I never use the instructions.... new sewers would get very confused. I am finishing a summer trapeze dress. Now to add tights and a T. Also measuring the fabrics I have for dolman jackets. Will morph a Vogue with Vivienne Colle's 1967 book, with self-drafts. Sewing keeps me sane(r). Cathie!

Vancouver Barbara said...

Yes. What happened to great instructions that used to be included in all patterns! Have the pattern companies just become lazy? Saving paper? What's the deal? I've been composing a long letter for a long, long time and now it's just about ready to send. They need to know that we need to know.
Oh the dog story – he needs a muzzle!
The sewing retreat sounds divine. Hope you'll take lots of pix. Okay. No pix. You need to just sew. But tell us about it later.
Happy Birthday.

Nancy JC said...

Happy Birthday, Barbara! better gift than a sewing retreat with sewing people where you don't have to pretend! ;) And then there is the story about our Golden, Max. The recipe for the Cheddar Pepper Bread that I make is now called Max's Favorite. He snagged it not once, but twice! off the counter. Many years ago, when the kids were little. Thanks for the memories!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Barbara! I think you discovered the perfect gift to yourself!

Depending on the height of your refrigerator and size of said dog, be careful if you keep or place edibles up there. My aunt and uncle's Alsatian devoured the pork chops that were thawing topside many years ago. Oops!


Unknown said...

Reading your post made me laugh....