She would not let me rest

So, my mom arrived yesterday and what do you know? She made me take her fabric shopping. Rachel and Mela were going to Walthamstow market to look for some knit, and when I told my mom about it, she said she wanted to go to “that cheap market”.

If you have ever thought I loved fabric shopping, know that my inability to stay away from fabric is nothing compared to this woman’s. Here she is going for what she hopes to make a skirt with.

And here with Rachel and Mela

I’m sure I must have mentioned my mom’s ability to psyche me into giving her my sewing related stuff. Last time she made me part with my overlocker. This time she is angling for my sewing patterns. She spent last night going through my stash, and selected what she wanted…the nerve! She’s got it all packed in a suitcase, and is waiting to select some more. Now, I know I want to stash bust, but this, is pure thievery. 
I think it is worth mentioning at this point that saying “No” to my mom, is an invitation for a history lesson. Oh yes! If I ever feel the need to know my history from when I was conceived, till that very minute, passing by the Dior shoes she gave me for my wedding, all I have to do, is refuse to give her something of mine that she wants. So, I had to be crafty. I told her I was really broke now, and I am not working, and I don’t know if I will EVER see these same patterns again. After much blackmail ( on both sides), we came to a pretty good conclusion. So, for every pattern she wants, I will trace my size off, and she will sew it up for me, and her payment will be the pattern. Genius right? Yes I know, I’m clever like that.

I am now looking forward to a few months of luxury, with my mom sewing for me. Oh the life I lead sometimes.



  1. October 10, 2012 / 9:00 pm

    Now that's what I call bargaining!! I bet you can't wait for your 'personal' seamstress to start making πŸ˜‰

  2. October 10, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    Wow, you definitely ended up with the better end of the deal Dibs! I look forward to seeing what your mum makes you now!

  3. October 10, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Holy cow! What a deal! If I'm ever in legal trouble, I want you representing me in court!

  4. October 10, 2012 / 9:56 pm

    What a deal Dibs! And how beautiful is your mom!

  5. October 10, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    Bwah ha ha! What a deal!I do believe you have won this round πŸ˜€

  6. October 10, 2012 / 10:20 pm

    What! I think having a sewing Mom contend for your patterns is so cute!

  7. October 10, 2012 / 10:42 pm

    What? You're telling me you convinced your mother to sew all those patterns for you? Clever doesn’t even begin to cover it – you’re brilliant! Enjoy your visit with your mom.

  8. October 11, 2012 / 1:27 am

    Some impressive bargaining skills there, for SURE! Nice work πŸ˜‰

  9. October 11, 2012 / 1:57 am

    Nice! If I hit the 99 cent pattern sale at Joann Fabrics and send the patterns to your mom do you think she'd make me a bunch of clothes too? I'm willing to be adopted.

  10. October 11, 2012 / 8:15 am

    Cunning! I have the reverse situation, only my Mum is so willing to offload her stash onto me that I not only acquired an overlocker but a dress form as well. Three cheers for sewing Mums!

  11. October 11, 2012 / 9:17 am

    Superb bargainning skills, and your post is so funny. My mum only steals jumpers and cardigans I have just knitted for myself πŸ˜‰ I am very glad that she is too slim to want my clothes!

  12. October 11, 2012 / 12:15 pm

    That Vogue coat ppattern is OOP and hard to find now. Plus, what does she want to do with such a coat back in Cameroon? Oh well, if she promises to make you your own, let it go then lol Your mom looks so young, at heart too. Wish you a lot of fun in the next few months!

  13. October 11, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    Your mom put your shopping to shame! She's a no-limit fabric-shopping soldier! It was so nice to meet her.

  14. October 11, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    It was so lovely meeting your mom yesterday and you are so lucky to have your patterns made for you..

  15. October 11, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    What a sweet deal! Well played!! πŸ˜‰ Did your Mum buy the lovely pale pink/peach fabric in the first photo?

  16. October 11, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    That is genius! All the joy of unique clothes and none of the effort to make them. What will you do with your free time?

  17. October 12, 2012 / 4:31 am

    If she takes/borrows/steals any BMV patterns that you can't live without, let me know and I can grab some for you when they have a sale. Keep this in mind, it won't hurt so much. 😎

  18. October 12, 2012 / 8:45 am

    Thanks Elle. She has been gunning mostly for the Vogues. I think she is just too excited because we don't have them in Cameroon. I think I should do an inventory, lest any patterns magically disappear. lol

  19. October 12, 2012 / 8:46 am

    I'm at a loss myself. I am starting to feel guilty, and MIGHT consider sewing for Noah

  20. October 12, 2012 / 8:47 am

    Yes she did. She took all of it. My poor house, overstuffed with fabric as it already is, is literally bursting now.

  21. October 12, 2012 / 8:47 am

    She is still talking about that cake.

  22. October 12, 2012 / 8:48 am

    Ha. She wants to go back for more. I'm not even laughing at the moment.

  23. October 12, 2012 / 8:49 am

    hahahahaha. That is exactly what I asked her. She said she will leave the coat here for when she comes next. Then she plans on making it in a lighter fabric, as a dress. I have not seen any finished project of that coat actually.

  24. October 12, 2012 / 8:50 am

    hahahahaha. It gets worse, we wear the same shoe size too. so I have hidden all the shoes I hold dear to heart.

  25. October 12, 2012 / 8:51 am

    Oh no. Why could my mom not offload her stuff to me like that? I'm quite jealous now. The good thing about her sewing is that she can make stuff for me. yay!

  26. October 12, 2012 / 8:52 am

    hahahhahahahhahaha. I will actually pay you to become her daughter, just so I can have some air to breathe.

  27. October 12, 2012 / 8:53 am

    thanks Poppykettle. It took a lot of time to get my little bargain . lol

  28. October 12, 2012 / 8:54 am

    Thanks Andrea. I am hoping of course, that she does not sew alot. That only means I get to keep my fabric.

  29. October 12, 2012 / 8:54 am

    Not when I have to part with some of my OOP patterns which are hard to find

  30. October 12, 2012 / 8:55 am

    hahhahahaha. Love the evil laugh. Yes, I do believe I have won it too.

  31. October 12, 2012 / 8:55 am

    Thanks Candice. I'll be sure to tell her that. She likes to remind me of her beauty sometimes. lol

  32. October 12, 2012 / 8:57 am

    Ahem Sonja, I should at this point say I will not be liable if you end up in jail. lol

  33. October 12, 2012 / 8:58 am

    I'm still trying to think of what I want her to make for me. decisions decisions

  34. October 12, 2012 / 8:58 am

    Tell me about it.

  35. October 13, 2012 / 12:37 am

    Tell your Mom she has good taste. I prefer Vogue too.

  36. October 13, 2012 / 5:29 am

    That's what I call cheap shopping and without the hassles of getting to the shops πŸ˜€ Enjoy your time spent with your Mum!

    Dibs, I have a blog award for you. If you aren't into blog awards please don't feel obliged.

  37. October 13, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    I cannot even send the recipe as I invented on the day… I'm sure I can make different ones

  38. March 11, 2013 / 7:24 am

    Indeed, you came out to a genius solution πŸ˜€ You're lucky to have a mom who sews, even if it involves building strategies

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