Story published on The Mighty – A Grief That Never Ends

Hi folks! Just an update that I’ve had another story published on The Mighty. It is about the continual process of grieving through chronic illness, and how so few people can really cope with others’ grief.

You can read more on: The Ongoing Process of Grief When You Have a Chronic Illness.

On Burdens, Othering, and the Social Model of Disability

One of the greatest burdens of having a disability is the oft-repeated myth that in being disabled, we are ourselves a burden. That the lives of the disabled are by definition, less worthy than those of able-bodied people, and that any attempt to accomodate us is a praise-worthy deviation from the norm, rather than a basic standard of behaviour.

Australia Social Services Minister Christian Porter tweets: Disability burden $17bn a year. Stephen Koukoulas replies, "burden"?

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The Adeline Top and Sewing Machine Drama

This is another in a series of summer tops I’ve been sewing. The fabric is a gorgeous rayon from the Spotlight $2/m clearance table. I usually don’t wear much black, but the gem-like colours in the pattern were too entrancing to resist.

A woman stands in a garden, wearing a black kimono sleeve top with colourful gem floral pattern, black pants and red shoes.
Worn with some hand-me-down (or up, considering how much shorter my auntie is than me) Gordon Smith pants and Mel moon bow loafers.

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When Deconditioning Becomes a Distraction

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You can’t go very long living with a chronic illness without hearing the word “deconditioning” whispered in your ear: by doctors, physios, and society at large. “You MUST exercise,” they say, “or your muscles will waste away to nothing. Don’t you want to get better?” However, as important a role exercise plays in chronic illness management – and I do not deny it has a role to play – I believe that an overemphasis on exercise and deconditioning can be a distraction from seeking real treatment and places the onus of illness squarely on the patient.

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Children At Play

You may remember I sewed my friend’s daughters special dresses for their Christmas presents in 2016. The pattern was the Square Neck Smock/Dress from Sew Sweet: Handmade Clothes for Girlssewn up in a lucky fabric find from the op shop – Michael Miller’s Children at Play Parade.

Luckily for you (and me!), their dad is an ace photographer, and took some beautiful photos of Freya and Eliza wearing their dresses at the Port Fairy beach. These photos certainly brightened up my day, and I hope they have the same effect on you. Enjoy!

Two children at the beach. They wear matching dresses in Michael Miller "Children at Play" print.

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Burda Bat Sleeve Shirt 04/2015 #123B

I like to keep a close eye on the latest Burda releases, and when this pattern was announced, I knew I had to make it. The drama! The boxiness! Those sleeves!

A woman stands in a garden, wearing a bright yellow, boxy top, sunglasses, and fern print palazzo pants.
My gorgeous viscose pants are actually from KMart, would you believe? I just replaced the elastic waist with something a bit softer and hemmed them for my hilariously short legs after these photos were taken.

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Named Kielo Dress

I’ve been commenting and chatting to people about the Named Kielo Dress I made for several months now, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and actually blog the darn thing! This story, I believe, began back in November, when Mads suggested I try Named Patterns. She rightly assumed I would enjoy their style and draft, and I have been especially pleased with the garments I’ve made from their line, the Sointu Kimono Tee and the Inari Tee Dress. I am equally happy with the Kielo Dress!

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.
Fab shoes courtesy of our new Cotton On superstore (yeh, we’re that fancy now). Necklace from op shop.

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