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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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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Don't fall over, I am back

Hi folks.

Yes I know this space has been quiet but I am getting back in the groove. 

The last month or so has been very busy. I am back teaching two online courses for the university this summer, and after having been away from it for a while now, that has meant re building the courses.

I have also been doing the proofs for my next book, Stressfree sewing solutions, due out in August. That book was my pandemic project. 

I have also just released a second video in my knits series, this one on more advanced techniques, including an easy way to do a foolproof polo knit type placket that I worked up lately. I am pretty pleased with how easy this technique is. I will be interested in some feedback on it.

And of course I have been sewing.

I made a couple of skirts for my sister who has major cabin fever in Ontario, three pairs of maternity pants and two dresses for my niece, sweatshirts for my son-in-law, and a few things for myself.

I did a guest post on the Fabricville blog on sewing with bamboo, and you can read that here.

Here, randomly, are some pictures of what I made for myself this last month:

A golf shirt made with my new method and a skort from Jalie 

The free apron pattern from Tessuti. I made three of these. Note follow the instructions for the top part of the bib where the straps attach. Like all of Tessuti's patterns although they look simple there are usually a few twists in construction that are a bit original but work out well. This one was my first and, being a know it all, I didn't follow the instructions and as a result the strap attachment is subpar. The next two versions were much better.

And finally here is a blouse I made from an Ottobre magazine and the Jalie Renee pants. I did a FBA on this blouse but think I want to go in and cut it again in a larger size anyway for more back room, although this is certainly wearable. I also think I need to do a straight shoulder adjustment, because that's exactly what I have, so the collar lies a little better. To be continued. It was time I revised a TNT shirt pattern or two.

So that's my update.

I have a bunch of more family sewing I want to do, plus some more things for myself for spring/summer. 

Hopefully I will be able to travel to San Franscico in August for three weeks to see my kids there. It has been well over a year since I have seen them and it's killing me.

Talk soon.


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

Just because you're quiet doesn't mean you aren't sewing as proved by this post! I laughed out loud at the "knowing better" about the apron. That's me time after time! Can't wait to hear about your new book!

Cathie said...

thank you so much, Barbara! Love the style on you, and the colour. You look great! I am printing, as have been too 'scared' to cut any of my 'mystery' knits from the Garment District (and a box of off cuts). I seriously suspect them to be bamboo. Cathie, near Montreal!

Cynthia said...

I’ve been eyeing that skort pattern for awhile, I think the skirt is underrated, especially in hot weather. How much length did you add? The pattern envelope makes it look positively skimpy—but not on you.

Paola said...

I agree regarding Tessuti construction techniques. I've learned many construction methods that I routinely apply to non-
Tessuti projects.

Barbara said...

Cynthia I am tall and added about 3"

Nethwen said...

Your cat is hilarious. She's thinking, "Who cares about sewing accomplishments when there are dangling things to torment?" Bwah, ha, ha!

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