Aunt Emily

Emily Bowyer Hammel was my father's older sister. She was the dearest person I've ever known. Over several adolescent summers, she patiently taught me how to sew and how to cook. I loved her. Sadly, she has been gone these few years and I miss her very much. However, I am carrying on her legacy of sewing and trying to carry on her legacy of caring.

Monday, September 29

Back to Sewing?

Well - life has not cooperated in my sewing at all lately. We painted the living room and dining room. The big hurricane Ike that devastated the Gulf also blew the biggest windstorm in south-west Ohio history, knocking out to power to 90% of residents - including ME! No power for three days. No phone for three days. No television for five days!

But things are going well right now and I am just back from a flying trip up to Michigan for the AMERICAN SEWIING EXPO in Novi. I took took of the pre-show classes and spent Friday morning at the vendors malls and exhibits.

On Wednesday I took "Drafting the Perfect Pants" with the wonderful Barbara Cruse. The process used the "Islander" method to make the pattern. Barbara was so helpful to all of us, and now I have a pattern drafted exactly to my measurements. I sure hope to get a muslin done this week for the final fitting.

On Thursday, I had a strange but fun experience. I participated in making a dress form from gummed brown paper - as the model and twice as the constructor. It is great - lightweight but sturdy. The charming and helpful Jan Bones from Excellence in Sewing in Winnepeg was the instructor. She has a line of lingerie patterns - I didn't realize she was the one who created the pattern for yoga pants I purchased this spring. Anyway, her website is: if you want to take a look. I'd steal her photo of the brown tape dress forms if I knew it was OK - so you may just have to wait until I get a photo of mine!

AND in both classes, the funny and friendly Laura Wyatt was the class helper. She is a hoot - and a newly certified Islander instructor. She started her own sewing school in Fayetteville, Tennessee - I think she said south of Nashville. If she is half as nice and knowledgable as she was at the Expo, grab the chance to take a class with her. Her school is called Its Sew You, and it has a website, but I didn't mark it! Sorry.

Both of those classes have given me a bit of a boost toward getting back to sewing this fall!

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