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Just sitting here wondering why my mother has disappeared ‘up the street’ for six hours when we are about to embark on an exhausting trip to Melbourne for her to have internal radiation. No matter how many times I say ‘we are organised, there are shops in Melbourne if you forget anything, I know exactly what we need to do, you need to take it easy’ she manages to generate a whirlwind of unnecessary stress around such occasions.

She will return completely exhausted, and freaking out about now not having enough time to pack.

While I await the whirlwind of chaos to return, trying to type quietly so I don’t wake up my dad who as always is having to work too much, I am kind of wishing I could be plugging away at a sewing project, my stress relief and chief distraction of choice in recent months.

There’s something comforting about whirring along a hem, or figuring out something tricky in a garment. Producing something that can be worn, and that is different from what is in the shops (even though there are so so many shops to choose from now, given online shopping, growing up the fat girl with limited teen choices but a love for prints and colour still makes me want it all). I’ve been quite happy with some of my recent makes, moving into wovens (which I have traditionally neglected due to my deep hate of ironing….) and I’m inspired to learn a bit more about fit as well. I’d also like to learn how to draft my own patterns at some point — to be able to copy an existing garment, or to see something I like and have a good idea of how to achieve it without needing an exact pattern from a pattern company.

Secret pyjamas (clothes that look good but are super comfy) are my favourite genre, being tired and achey a lot.

The thing that makes this a good ME/CFS hobby for me is that I can do a little bit at a time, and it’s an inside my apartment hobby. Cutting out used to be a chore as in my old place I would need to do it on the floor and crawl around, but in my new rental we have a large kitchen bench that is just right (I just have to clean it off first from my cooking adventures….).

Here’s some of my recents.

 

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Another new sew (at the point of the year where I’m just too tired to bother with much else or leave the house much! Also most of my planned projects were summer dresses and summer here is short and tumultuous, and I will have no time in the new year…). A @seamworkmag Kimmy dress in a cotton linen bought ages ago from @spotlightstores. I cut this out probably at Easter or earlier? This year has been ridic. I think I made the shoulder drawstring channels too wide so it sits a bit high on my shoulders, so next time would do that differently, and maybe also lengthen to a tea length. Nice cool summer dress though. Also my first time making bias binding myself! Wasn’t too bad. I have upgraded my terrible iron to a still-cheap but more powerful Kogan one which helped, but a little fiddly. #seamworkkimmy #seamworkmakes #cscmakes #curvysewingcollective #plussizesewing

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Had a day at home today, in order to concentrate to write a report. Hahaha except I woke up with a fever and pain, fell back asleep again for several hours, got sidetracked by a few other emails, fell asleep again, and have barely written anything. Looks like I need to put in sick leave, thanks again #mecfs. Still got a report on aid and soft power to write but I guess I needed the sleep more? The last few months have been hella exhausting and are still kicking my butt. I’ve also been hermiting a bit again, with my sewing machine and cookbooks. I sewed this on the weekend but just took a pic today in the light. It’s the new @seamworkmag Tacara and I like it. Only issue is that this fabric was a bit annoying and slippery to sew, and the pockets are showing some risk of flipping out like elephant ears when walking around, so got to make some sort of correction there. Very easy sew, would definitely make more, love me a cocoon dress. #seamworktacara #plussizesewing #curvysewingcollective #cscmakes #seamworkmag

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A new sew. Quite a bit wrinkly I know but my iron (and my ironing skills and personal interest in ironing) is crap. This is a @stylearc Eme in a cotton linen fabric from @hansenprintandtex. Given my disinterest in ironing (and lack of space for big ironing board etc), I find sewing wovens much more effort than knits. But there’s always more great prints available in wovens, so….. I started this a few weeks ago but had to pack everything up for rental inspection, so only just pulled things out again and finished it. It’s quite oversized, I could have possibly sized down, but that is also just the cocoon dress style, and then it might have been harder to pull on (there’s no zip). I would definitely make another, probably a colourblocked one. If I made one in black linen or something silky it would be a very Melbourne dress. Will be great in the hot weather in this linen. (PS @hansenprintandtex wish you sold knits/jerseys!) #stylearc #stylearceme #emedress #saemedress #curvysewingcollective #memake #cscmakes #plussizesewing

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After last weekend’s sewing fail, a sewcess! This photo doesn’t show off the dress that well and I am hella tired and my brain is kinda snotty, so it’s also not the best pic of me, but I am really happy with this one. It’s a @colettepatterns #myrtledress made into a maxi length. I’ve made a Myrtle before which I love, so decided to make a longer version. The material is @spoonflower jersey that I bought for my birthday six months ago using a gift voucher that my beautiful friends sent me. Fabric design by @minikuosi. I’m really glad I spent the two October long weekends cutting out as much as I could manage because now I have projects ready to chip away at. #curvysewingcollective #plussizesewing #colettemyrtle #memade #sewcialists #minikuosi

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Hey look I finally did another me-make! This is a @stylearc Hedy Designer Dress in a double knit from spotlight. It has been a work in progress for nearly two months though because thanks winter and #mecfs. (The cutting takes me longer than the sewing.) It’s probably the most complicated dress I have made so far but it really wasn’t too hard to sew up – I did mess up the front once and had to unpick but messing it up gave me the lightbulb moment on how it was supposed to go together so it was smooth sailing after that! Even though the pattern said to use a light knit it has turned out pretty well in this heavy fabric. This will be a good workwear dress. #stylearcstreetstyle #stylearc #sahedydesignerdress #sahedy #hedydesignerdress #hedydress #curvysewingcollective #plussizesewing

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I quickly made some turbans for mum this morning as she will probably lose her hair after the next bout of chemo for her uterine cancer. The pattern is from IMakeItYouMakeIt on Etsy and was easy to whip up. They are pretty comfy, and I would totally rock one on a bad hair day tbh. You can twist them in quite a few different ways, also good. I do wonder how they will go with staying on one's head without actual hair to grip to though, if she does lose a lot. I'm wondering if some clear elastic or something grippy on the inside might help a little? Also my head is huge and strains most commercially purchased hats so I think mum might need these sized down, despite her protests about also having a very large head. In her words 'nobody in this family has a head well-shaped for baldness'. Quite possibly fair. #sewing #chemoheadwear #turban

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