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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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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?