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Well, actually yesterday and today:

Yesterday I had a very nice meeting with the kilt expert,
and she evaluated my work so far.  Only a couple of very
minor changes necessary (flaring the front apron a skoosh
more, and making a small change to the last (double box)
pleat..  Whoo Hoo!  Now on to the steeking,  hair-canvas
interlining, lining, sewing on the top band, straps and
buckles, and finishing the hem.  :-)

Today, I was invited by older DD to help her with a costume
for DGD for a play (McCalls 4915
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4915.htm she's going to
be a 60s secretary). She had the jacket cut out, I helped
her with alterations to the skirt pattern (a simple A-line
with front box pleats), and we waded in:  interfaced the
lapels and collar, sewed and pressed the darts, shoulder and
side seams, sewed, turned and pressed the collar, and sewed
the neckline, lapels, and hem seams.  I showed her how to
clip curves and corners, and press so that the lapels would
lie right.  Stopped at that point because DGD has dance and
piano lessons this afternoon.  But I'm going back over
Thursday to help her get it finished. And she enjoyed it!
That's the very best part.  I have struggled to share my
love of sewing with my two DDs, because I'm not a natural
teacher, and tend to be too much of a perfectionist (learned
very well at the knee of my perfectionist mother).  However,
I have learned to keep my hands off unless she *needs* help,
and she did great today.  We chatted, had a nice lunch, and
got a lot done.

Happy,, happy, happy....

Beverly



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shoosh?

Yeah, I know what it means, but haven't heard the word in some time,
and almost never by a woman.  :-)



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No, "skoosh", it's different than a shoosh. A skoosh is
similar to a "bit", a "dash", a "trace", a "smidgen".  Only
different...  ;-)

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We female sewists have uses for all sorts of arcane
"measurement" terms.  ;-)

Beverly



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Isn't "skosh" or "skoosh" from Japanese?  Skoshi, I think, originally.

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I have no idea, I was spelling it phonetically.  It was a
term in common use in my family, I've never seen it in a
real dictionary.

Beverly



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OK, you made me go look.  From the on-line Merriam-Webster:

skosh
One entry found for skosh.
Main Entry: skosh
Pronunciation: 'skOsh
Function: noun
Etymology: Japanese sukoshi
: a small amount : BIT, SMIDGEN -- used adverbially with a <just a skosh
bit shook -- Josiah Bunting>

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Thanks for the research.  Now I know, I was spelling it with
too many Os.  No wonder I couldn't find it.

Beverly



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Oh, that sounds fantastic!  I, on the other hand, spent yesterday shift
this and that about, then went swimming...  James failed to bring his
school trousers home last night (came home in sports kit!), and I had to
hem up his other new uniform pair at &;30 this morning, as that's when
he told me!  As he's already in serious trouble for doing something less
than angelic, it's a good job he's out at school until 4:20 or so!

Me?  I'm off to sew a kit car soft top together on a hand crank...  :D

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Not enough projects, huh?  ;-)

Beverly



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Obviously not!  This was in answer to a cry for help from a dear friend.
  I went and helped staple the PVC leatherette to the trim that forms
the 'eyebrows' round the dash and the edging round the rear of the
cockpit...  Once done, we had a small gap between that and the back
board that we filled by stapling a length of very fat PVC leatherette
encased piping round it to fill it in.  It worked a treat.  :)

She and her hubby were almost coming to blows over this, one of the
final bits of a long-term restoration project following the poor thing
landing in a ditch about 19 years ago!  It lay about in bits in various
garages, but Paul was determined to get it up and running again before
he's 50 next June.  With luck it'll come inside his deadline by a whole
year!  :)

We sewed the piping on Diane's mum's Harris handcrank from the late 50's.

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What a marvelous couple of days!!  I am thrilled to pieces for you that you
had such a great time with your DD.  And tickled that she wants to learn
from you.  Yay!!!!!!

Sharon
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pig.

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Yay, indeed.  She was bemoaning the fact that *all* the
non-SAT-related courses have been removed from the local
schools.  No "Personal Finance", no "Home Ec", etc. So
unless there is a family member able (and willing) to teach
those skills, nada.

Older DD took courses in sewing in Junior HIgh, made an
apron IIRC.  But she was frustrated at my teaching "style",
so we are just getting started again, 30 years later.  ;-)

Beverly



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Isn't that just amazing about the schools?  They act as if all students
are college-bound, and for academic programs, too.  Who do they think is
going to fix things and build things and keep the civilization rocking
along?

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I sometimes wonder if people in, say 1907, were complaining
about the lack of classes to teach the next generation of
smithies, carters, buggy-whip-makers, farriers, and
wheelwrights.
:-}

I do think too much emphasis is placed on "teaching to the
tests".  And I know budgets must be part of process in
selecting which courses are offered.  But basic
sewing-cooking-finance classes would do much to prepare
*all* the kids for life, not just the ones who don't go to
university.

Beverly



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True.  But the lack of any vocational training in most areas doesn't
give the best "bang for the buck" to most populations.  The emphasis on
"college prep" in every school is a disservice to the populations the
schools should be serving.

My DH teaches at the university, in the core humanities program.  The
number of students enrolled who have no business being in college is
appalling.  Perhaps some of them, even most of them, could be if they
were given enough remedial courses.  But where do they go from there?

We have one kid with a degree in Anthropology -- and as is often said,
there is no call for elevator operators anymore....  She has a very good
job, but her degree did not contribute to it at all, other than being a
degree.

We have gone from being a nation of producers and manufacturers to being
a service economy.  When the U.S.S.R. dissolved, and the free world sent
experts to help them rebuild their economy, the U.S. sent people to
teach them how to start a stock market.  Nearly everything we buy is
imported, from sewing machines to string beans.

But we still need plumbers, electricians, carpenters, masons, etc.  Will
we have to import them, too?
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I believe we already do, in an informal sense. If you live in the
southwestern US you'll know what I mean.

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