Friday, March 30, 2012

If I'm shwe shwe, what does that make you?

So  I've been a a bit incommunicado lately.  Combine post-travel disorganization with work acceleration with crazy sickness, and things on the home front came to a standstill.  I had a nice mod-ish shift dress cut and marked for the Sew Weekly Mad Men challenge, when I was floored by 10 days of fever, vomiting and pain.  After about a week of that (plus one call to my boss, a parasitologist), my slow brain started to put the pieces together and think it could be malaria.  Luckily two blood tests by my labmate and 4 hours at Trop. Med. ruled that out.  Until I get the results of my blood tests back,  the diagnosis is  probably just a nasty virus combined with a severe case of motherhood. Whew.



During my fevered afternoons on the sofa, I caught up on a lot of blog reading and I started to think about how I associate certain people with certain fabrics.  I know I talk about shwe shwe a lot (and I'm in the process of sewing something from a piece of double-sided shwe shwe I've been hoarding for more than a year), so that's me.  What about you?

When I think of wool, I think of Debi.  Hell, look at her photo from today:  wool trousers!
http://fashionsfromthepast.blogspot.ca/
(I have a almost feral itchiness that comes over me if wool even comes within a few millimetres of my skin, so I avoid it at all costs, but Debi and her gorgeous vintage creations have convinced me that nothing can compare to wool for fall/winter wear.  I have a deep purple piece of Italian gabardine from the thrift store that I may just have the courage to use by the time autumn rolls around....if I can find some purple lining.)   

Carolyn is linen.
http://handmadebycarolyn.blogspot.ca/
I can't imagine her posting a photo dressed in cheap synthetic!  Every enviable sun drenched beach or eucalyptus forest photoshoot she posts features her cool creations.  Like a breath of fresh air when we're knee deep in snow...

Oona is prints, and the louder the better.
http://oonaballoona.blogspot.ca
  ...although Mokosha can give her a run for her money sometimes....
http://mokosha.blogspot.ca

Tanis-Isis is denim.
http://tanitisis.wordpress.com/
 She can whip up a pair of jeans for herself, her kids, even her husband in the time it takes me to cut a pattern  ;)  It's enough to make me want to buy some gold thread and a straight-stitcher!


Peter is anything @ $2/metre.
http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com
How does he do it?!  I thought NYC was supposed to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but somehow he manages to find all the deals....

So there are some random, fever-induced thoughts of mine about fabric personalities.  Agree....disagree.....feel like you are the rightful queen of $2/m steals? Chime right in!












11 comments:

  1. A woman in my sewing group is the queen of knits. No seriously, she has her own sewing business where she makes sports clothes for athletes. All it IS is knits! It's incredible what she does with them!

    I really enjoyed this post! Because yeah, where the heck does Peter find these things. lol

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    1. I need to get over my awkward fumblings with knits....

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  2. i love this. can mokosha and i share the title of Alcoholic?

    and can you please make that shwe shwe gown in your last post?

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    1. I was hoping it would still make sense after the fever broke. Looks OK, but I somehow managed to pick a Kubrick-esque shot for both you and mokosha. Separated at birth?

      ooooo...not enough yardage of any colour to make a gown....but I could make a crazy-quilt mix of blue and green geometrics and Nelson Mandela face prints.....that would be super classy....

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  3. Yup, well true I am very partial to linen! Shwe shwe? hmm, embarrassed to admit I've never heard of it, but I'm pretty sure you can't even get it here!! Thanks for the shout-out, and I hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. I keep thinking, "someday when my kids are older and more independent, I'll have time to sew tailored linen things that are as beautiful inside as out, just like Carolyn does". ;) Or maybe they become more demanding of your time as they get older?!

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  4. Aww, glad to make the grade! Now if only I could find *actual nice* denim to sew with... ;)

    And I'm so very glad it didn't end up being malaria!

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    1. I was almost 100% sure it wasn't, since I've been to Africa several times and don't even remember getting mosquito bites, but a colleague of mine was misdiagnosed several years ago at this centre and she developed cerebral malaria and died quite quickly. They are very thourough with the malaria testing now...

      I'm on the lookout for coloured denim to make some capris, but I can't for the life of me find anything of quality around here. If I find some beige or white denim, I'm going to snap it up for dyeing.

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  5. I am a cotton girl, but I would love to learn to work with more sheer and drapey fabrics.

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    1. I'm totally cotton too, but this week I've decided to switch it up and I'm working with polyester crepe. I've decided that it's sent straight from satan. I'm going back to cotton next week.

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  6. how on earth have i missed this post???!!! love the photos you picked for oona and moi, we are kind of evil twins hehe.. colorful evil twins.. i need some shwe shwe myself, pronto :)

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