Saturday, September 15, 2007


Sewn together, rip out, re-sew

I hate when I make mistakes sewing, and I hate re-sewing those mistakes, but I have thought of a way to repair a little jacket I made. I finished a pink corduroy jacket a couple days ago. Then I realized the mistake I made: I had three things cut, and used the wrong piece for the "fly" on the jacket front. It is hard and not flexible, so I thought maybe it wouldn't get buttoned often. Just today I thought of a way to change the fly - I can use the co-ordinated lining material for the fly (there's no more of the main pink corduroy). I have already used the co-ordinate for the cuff on the overalls - the place where the piece that I used for the fly. It means I have to rip apart several tight seams, carefully cut a new piece to fit, then re-insert the new piece. I really don't want to do it, but it will bug me until I do.

Here is the jacket

It would be so much easier and more fun to just start a new baby quilt, or the pattern I bought to make for someone who has a birthday (in Oct.) coming.

I really, really hate to fix sewing mistakes.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007


Love remains

I heard a song today, "Love Remains," from Colin Raye's CD, "I think about you." I found this youtube video which is kind of cheesy, but the song speaks volumes.



Mary Saunders

I just finished reading a book about a real girl, Mary Saunders. Partly true, the story is fictionalized, but told in the setting like things were in the 18th century. There are several women's voices heard in the book, and it brings to mind the fact that we live such a changed version of life than have the women who came before us.

The story is Mary's short life that included poverty, ambition, rape, prostitution, redemption, domestic service, a short glimpse of romance, and then destruction and murder. Sounds depressing, doesn't it? I found the book in the reception office, and I picked it up on a whim. Who knew I'd get so into the story? Wow - it drew me in and I couldn't stop reading it.

From Mary's mother to her benefactor, to the small-town seamstress that gives Mary a second chance, I couldn't help contrasting their lives with my own and other women of the Western World today. What we owe these predecessors is hard to know. The fact that SO MANY have paved the way for me to have the rights I have today - to NOT live in poverty, to NOT have to be satisfied with a particular "station in life," to NOT have to be a 2nd class (or lower) citizen just because I'm female - it all makes me so aware and grateful to all of them.

Title of the book: Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

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