Its been longer and longer between drinks over here at SNT! My enthusiasm for bloggging is waning in all honesty. The ‘to do’ list is overwhelming and I thought this year would be a breeze – hah!
We’ve had a huge month, following the departure of a much loved almost family member. Our families were new immigrants together, we met as friends of friends in the mid 70s. We were almost relatives. That happens when you don’t have any bona fide ones to hand I think! But really, this lady whom I refused to call Auntie (a stickler for genealogy me!) was a real goer. Progressive blindness impeded her somewhat, but she helped so many people in a social work capacity, and she was always on the end of a phone when I needed her – she will be missed.
My dear Mother came over from England for the funeral, and will be staying a month. We’ve had a lovely time together.
Mum was a proficient sewer in my childhood, beautiful party dresses, a furry white cape, a yellow velvet dress worn with white lace tights a la 1970s, lots of costumes – tutus, a witch costume and a beautiful snowflake comes to mind. Like so many of her generation she stopped making clothes for herself. I had my theory and it seems I was spot on. Mum started sewing because it was more cost effective, sewed for the kids, garments made for self didn’t fit, one disappointment after another and before you know it the stuff you buy at the shops is a superior investment over hours spent at the sewing machine resulting in yet another thing that doesn’t suit/fit. Also sewing is now not at all cost effective, fabrics are a luxury.
Mum and I wandered into Joy’s Fabric Warehouse in East Geelong. I keep visiting, hoping to find just the right wool to pair with an upholstery fabric I fancy fashioning into some kind of coat/jacket. No suitable wool, though they had a very appealing double sided wool blend, kind of felted and completely awesome in 2 colour ways; I may succomb!
We did however find the most delicious ponte in navy and red. Excellent quality, robust and soft. Its apparently the shops specialty, folks come from far and wide to buy this stuff. Well we bought 2 x 1metres for 2 skirts. Mum had travelled with a skirt she’s been wearing – out! We took measurements from the her skirt and essentially its almost a rectangle x 2, front and back – I can do better!! What this skirt really needed was a bit of front and back interest – so we created princess lines in the almost rectangle. Next version we’ll take a bit of fabric out of the waist because my elastic isn’t as robust as Mum’s previous skirt – hence the slight gathering at the waistband.
Now my darling Mummy was looking askance at the overlocker with fear and trepidation, perhaps even memories of wasted hours spent making ill fitting garments? The monster with 4 cones of thread – gulp!
Well, all I can say is A1 student!! She made the skirt and I haven’t seen her look so proud since the last Victoria Scone! There’s just something about knowing you did a great job and she absolutely loves the skirt. It goes with a lovely wool jacket I’d bought in an op shop – Perri Cutten. I opened up the beast via the lining and not a skerrick of beautiful jacket construction. Not even a shoulder pad – so I inserted a couple and a sleeve head. Really the jacket could do with a lot more alteration for perfect fit, but Mum needed it fast – we’ve had temperatures in the below 5C range. I just love this temperature, but coming from old Blighty, I think Mum is over the cold!
I’ve warned her not to keep it for ‘good’ – wear it out Mum, life’s too short to wait for special occasions.
“Good Bye” dear Margaret.