Daily Archives: September 20, 2019

First Fruits.

401668_441891082489033_1446753152_nThe thought of leaving our home – this little blue shotgun house with the white picket fence – generates pain so visceral that my very nerves ache. My heart hurts. My toes want to curl up and hide. This was our plan for so many years. The grapefruits are beginning to ripen, as are the lemons. This will be our first year for grapefruits. Robert and I have always made preserved (salted) lemons to use in cooking and as salad dressing. Insects got the lime blossoms this year, so we only harvested one lime. The okra is about done for – I will pull up those 7′ tall plants soon. We need rain. It is coming.

557880_4836025583421_495101029_nSo what will keep me here? I have friends here, and a daughter and her family. I walk around the city. Nothing is the same. This house is not the same without Robert. This was our dream our entire marriage, to retire in our favorite city and live out our days eating muffalettas in Jackson Square and walking our dog on the streets of New Orleans. Meandering through the French Quarter and through the cemeteries. Trying out new restaurants and watching the boats navigate the Mississippi. Feeling the warm breezes in Audubon Park. Listening to good music and enjoying friends.

Robert loved the heat and humidity. Riding his bike and returning home soaked with sweat was his idea of a good time. But even the heat causes tears these days.

IMG_5860I have decisions to make. Should I leave, should I stay, should I try to make my roots deeper without the one that planned to be here beside me planting his own roots deep? Where is the joy in doing this alone? There is sweetness, surely, in the memories we made during the brief two and a half years we had here. I have a ton of memories (21 year’s worth) to go through and sort. Clothing, books, papers, artifacts from our travels. That chore alone will take me many months. Nothing will be done hurriedly.

grapefrI will harvest the lemons and preserve them in salt. Sometime in October or November, I will taste those first grapefruits by myself and relish the sweet labor that went into planting that tree years ago.

But tasting them without Robert will not be the same. Nothing will ever be the same again

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Independent Publishing for Designers

Modern Patterns With Vintage Looks.
ceylonexpDue to our limited space, we have a carefully curated stock of fabrics and sewing patterns at our shop; however, this does not limit your choices. We stock a few Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Hot Patterns and Colette sewing patterns among others. Many have a vintage look, with waistlines fitted sleeves. I certainly do not want to criticize the major pattern companies like McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, etc., and they will do very well no matter what I say, but I’ve seen very few designs that excite me in their lines. Everything seems rather stale. On the other hand, I am amazed at the number of independent pattern designers on the web. Designers are much like writers … they struggle with how to publish their work to the widest audience possible.
Our culture is full of people of varied tastes in clothing and accessories and there’s a designer out there creating patterns and concepts that will please every one of us. And even with that, we can still personalize a design to make it our own by changing the collar, the hemline, the sleeve. So many designers are opting to sell their pdf sewing patterns on Etsy.com that there are now over 26,000 pdf patterns available for sale on that site alone! And printing a pdf pattern is so easy, and easy to put together. Many top designers offer pdf patterns on their websites at a much lower cost than paper patterns. Check out some independent designers here.

And check out those listed below – with patterns for everything from lingerie to shoes, and costumes, indie patterns are here to stay.  See what they have to offer. Who is your favorite  pattern designer?

CONTEMPORARY FASHION, ACCESSORY, and OTHER APPAREL PATTERNS (adult and children)
Akasha Clothing Company
All Dunn Designs
Amy Butler Design
Angela Wolf Patterns
Anna Maria Horner
Artsy Crafty Babe
Bali Collection Birch Street Clothing Patterns
Barb Originals
Bettsy Kingston Patterns
Brensan Studios
Brown Paper Patterns
Chris W. Designs
Christine Haynes Patterns
Christine Johnson Patterns
CNT Pattern Co.
Cake Patterns
Colette Patterns
Cutting Line Designs
Dana Marie Patterns
Darlene Miller’s Clothes 4 You
Design and Planning Concepts
Edelweiss Patterns
Elements
Emilie Rebekah
Encore Designs
Fashion in Harmony Patterns
Fashion Patterns by Coni
Favorite Things Patterns
Figgy’s Sewing Patterns
Fit For Art Patterns
Fit Me Patterns
Frog Legs and Ponytails
Gail Patrice
Georgia Leigh Designs
Ghees
Go Patterns
Grainline Studio
Great Copy Patterns
Green Pepper Patterns
Heather Bailey Patterns
Hot Patterns
Indygo Junction
In-House Patterns
Islander Sewing Systems Patterns
ithinksew patterns
Jalie
Jamie Christina
J. Stern Designs
JSM Patterns
June Colburn Designs
Kayla Kennington Patterns
La Fred
Lauren Marsh Sewing Patterns
Lazy Girl Designs
Lila Tueller Designs
Lingerie Secrets by Jan Bones
Little Lizard King
L.J. Designs Patterns
Loes Hinse
Lorraine Torrence Designs and Grainline Gear
Lutterloh System
MacPhee Workshop
MariaDenmark
Marie-Madeline Studio
Mary Jo Hiney Designs
Megan Nielsen Patterns
ModKid Patterns
Monkeysbug
Noodles and Milk
Ohhh Lulu
Oliver + S
Pamela’s Patterns
Paradiso Designs
Park Bench Patterns
Pat Bravo Patterns
Pattern Studio
Pavelka Design
Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop
Petite Plus Patterns
Pink Poodle Bows
ReVisions by Diane Ericson
Saf-T-Pockets
Salme Patterns
Scientific Seamstress patterns
Serendipity Studio
Sewaholic Patterns
Sew Baby
SewChic Patterns
SewKeysE by Emma Seabrooke
Sew Liberated
Sewgrand Patterns
Sew Spoiled
Shapes Patterns (cuttinglinedesigns.comANDsewingworkshop.com)
Shirley Adams
Silhouette Patterns
Simple Things
Sis Boom patterns (Jennifer Paganelli)
Skinny Chick Curvy Bitch
SnazzieDrawers
SomaPatterns by Sylvie P
Sprouts Sewing Patterns
Stretch and Sew
Studio Cherie
Studio Kat Designs
Style Arc
SuitAbility Equestrian Patterns
Sweet Pea
Textile Studio Patterns
The Bali Collection
The Classics by Cecelia Podolak
The Cottage Mama
The Fashion Sewing Group
The Handmade Dress
The Sewing Workshop
Tie Dye Diva Patterns
Trudy Jansen Design
Victoria Jones Collection
Victory Patterns
Violette Field Threads
Whimsy Couture
Wink Designs
You Sew Girl
AND FOR COSTUMES: HISTORICAL & REPRODUCTION VINTAGE PATTERNS
Ageless Patterns
Alter Years
Atira’s Fashions
Buckaroo Bobbins
Burnley & Trowbridge Patterns
Costume Connection
Country Wives Patterns
Dawn Anderson Designs
Decades of Style
Dressing History Patterns
Eagle’s View
EvaDress Patterns
Fantasy Fashions
Fig Leaf Patterns
Folkwear Patterns
Granny’s Attic Patterns
Green River Forge
Harriet’s Patterns
Heidi Marsh Patterns
Irish Threads
J.P. Ryan Patterns
Kannik’s Korner
KayFig patterns
La Fleur de Lyse
La Mode Bagatelle
Laughing Moon Mercantile Patterns
Lynn McMasters
Mantua-Maker Historical Sewing Patterns
Margo Anderson’s Historic Costume Patterns
Mill Farm Patterns
Missouri River Patterns
Mrs. Depew Vintage
Nehelenia Patterns
New Vintage Lady
Olde Country Costumes
Past Patterns
Patterns of History
Patterns of Time
Peachtree Mercantile
Pegee of Williamsburg
Period Impressions Patterns
Period Patterns
Promenade Patterns
Randwulf Sewing Patterns
Reconstructing History Patterns
Richard the Thread
Rocking Horse Farm
Sense and Sensibility Patterns
Smoke and Fire
Tailor’s Guide
Truly Victorian
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
Wearing History
Wingeo

 

Who Reads Those Footnotes?

Last night in my Creative Non-fiction class at the University of Memphis, there was a big discussion about footnotes in CNF narratives. The piece we were reading was about a student’s conversation/interview with his grandfather. There were about 6 or 8 footnotes included, which mostly were the writer’s notes to clarify something in the narrative, something that his grandfather said or did. The instructor asked if the class members read footnotes when they were reading other works, whether CNF or whatever. Most students said they skipped over them; footnotes were annoying. When footnotes appear in anything they may be necessary, but they are not welcome.

As I re-read this writer’s footnotes about his grandfather’s life, I realized that that’s probably where the real story was – in those afterthoughts, in those minute explanations to make or clarify a certain event. Most suggested that the writer get rid of the footnotes and put them in the narrative flow, to include them as part of the building of the characters – both the writer and the grandfather.

What are your thoughts? Do footnotes interrupt the flow of the story? Should there be endnotes instead? Do you have creative methods to include research information within a narrative?