156 An unlikely scenario for a sitcom

Passing a kidney stone: the Attenborough version; sewing patterns and their history; resting comfortably; and a linen shirt.

The fruits of my knitting substance diet below. From left, Auto Pilot in Fiberspates Vivacious, colourway Peach Bellini; Tintern Abbey socks worked in random sale yarn Rico Designs Superba Premium (wtf?); Funky Grandpa socks from Zauberball Crazy Piano Bar and Regia 4 ply.

Discontinued colours should be against the law. At left, lower ribbing with the purl stitches worked in the original, now discontinued colour; at right, purl stitches, still on the needles, in the substituted slightly darker colour.

It hardly shows. Right?

Book List:

If I ever meet Geoffery Rushin person, you can be sure I’ll ask him how long it took him to learn to draft a suit jacket for the title scene in The Tailor of Panama.

Check out Laura Bellows‘ hand sewn and embellished Little Black Dress, in progress

The Remy Shirt from Sew House Seven

Jenny Odell makes some salient points in her essay, “How to do nothing.”

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  1. 8.1.21
    Gillian Wallis said:

    I, too, am an experienced home seamstress looking to be able to fit my own clothes. After listening to an episode of the podcast Love to Sew, I heard about Brooks Anne Camper, who has a custom bridal business but also a series of online sewing tutorials on basic fitting. See https://learnwithbrooksann.com/. She has a very interesting way of teaching fitting, which is completely based on body measurements. So far I have only made the skirt sloper , and am halfway through the pants sloper.
    I really really love your podcast, and it has made me realize I am not the only one who likes to make all the things. Many years ago I suffered through a lot of debilitating UTIs, and you have my deepest sympathy. I hope you feel better soon.

    • 8.2.21
      Brenda said:

      Thanks, Gillian, for the links to Brooks Ann’s classes. I was not aware of her work, and her method for padding out a dress form looks genius. I am so doing this!

      Sadly, the autumn skirts class is full, but I’ll keep an eye out for the January class.