- My daughter is very smart
- Yesterday she said to me
- People who are doing OK right now
- Are actually doing very, very well
- Some odd decisions being made around the place
- I dyed my hair on the advice of a 6 year-old
- That's a pretty good example of what I mean
- When small children chant "Do it, do it, do it"
- Best not too
- Particularly if this involves dyeing your hair
- Or new moves on the trampoline
- Take it from me
- It seems to me the present times have new rules
- Here are some of mine
- Stripes don't need to be matched till next year
- Current standard practice is to get out a pattern and fabric
- Cut it half out and then put it away
- And start something new and then decide the first project was more interesting
- Until you realize that those little scraps you threw away
- Were in fact the facings
- Amazon prime must be making a killing
- I ordered a $35 bar of shampoo soap
- To save the environment
- It will come 2,000 miles on a plane
- Figured it might fade the hair
- Something has to
- It is sensible to spend hundreds of dollars on a projector to hang from the middle of the living room ceiling
- To project digital patterns onto the fabric
- To save money
- More detailed explanation to follow one day
- The Canada food rules have been revised to make rainbow sherbet its own food group
- Store was out of popsicles
- Someone must be hoarding
- Two daily servings recommended
- A lot of things are on hold
- There are no challenge projects being started around here
- And some things aren't getting deferred
- I have decided to sew my 92 year-old mother a new wardrobe and mail it to her
- And do you know about Jake?
- An aging dog who went missing over the weekend
- Sad signs on all the community mailboxes
- "Help bring our boy home"
- Well guess what
- Jake turned up yesterday
- Three nights unaccounted for
- Travelled several neighbourhoods over
- But Jake beat the odds and is home
- I knew a man once who was suddenly let go from a job
- He was middle aged and devastated
- In angst for months
- Then his dream job appeared
- He went from selling newspaper ads
- To selling sailboats
- Which is what he wanted to do since he was 14
- What he said to me was very interesting
- If he had known for those hard months
- That things would work out just fine
- He would have enjoyed the summer
- A lesson there
- One I had not considered
- But I think Jake did
- 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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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
I am a great cardigan fan.
Cardigans are useful to hang over the back of your sewing chair. They are handy when the dog decides to do an extra 3:00 am pee and you have to put on something over a night gown and stand in the dark, look at the stars and say "go pee, come on go pee" for a good 15 minutes. Cardigans are useful and comforting. This winter I think they are going to be the anchor players of my hygge wardrobe.
Here is one I made this week.
I styled this in the old T shirt and culottes I wore to clean the bathtub, just before this, yet another motorcycle shot, was taken. The random hair is due to a thyroid condition that has been unstable lately, but not much I can do about that. The fabric is a bamboo french terry that feels like this:
The pattern I used was this old standby from Patterns4pirates It is a cocoon cardigan obviously, but the fronts, unlike many cocoons, meets generously at centre front which is useful if you want to wrap it around yourself like I did here. It has front patch pockets big enough for a cell phone on one side and a dog leash on the other.
As a sew it is an extremely simple pattern. There is a back and two fronts and a giant band that goes all the way around. This band can be narrow or wide. In either case it is hard to get the bands not to fold in a bit around the curves so I actually prefer a wider band as it turns this into a sort of shawl collar. I did the narrow band here but the next version which I will post in the next day or so is with the wider bands.
Here is a shot that shows, sort of, what the inside looks like:
The serging that attaches the bands can show a bit when the cardigan opens up, so on the next version I actually hand stitched down the band on that one.
Since I made this cardigan I have put it on at some point in the day, every day. We all need to sew more clothes like that. And I will.