Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt

Siobhan, a 30-something white Disabled woman, stands leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a blush pink animal print shirt with soft collar, boxy fit and high low split hem, and black tapered knit pants.

I’m still catching up on the backlog of garments I sewed last year, by the considered system of ‘take a photo and write a blog post of a shirt as I wear it’. This is View B of the Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt, a boxy shirt with yoke which features “an inverted box pleat at the back and a high-low hem with beautifully finished, mitered side splits.” Continue reading “Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt”

Article published on Independent Australia

Hello again, just a note to say I’ve had an article published on Independent Australia. It’s in reference to Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, referring to the deaths of the vulnerable from COVID-19 as a “reaping”.

You can read it here: Chief Medical Officer’s COVID comment leaves the vulnerable gasping.

An article. Chief Medical Officer's COVID comment leaves the vulnerable gasping. By Siobhan Simper. Image of Paul Kelly, Australian Chief Medical Officer, a middle aged white man. After CMO Paul Kelly recently likened COVID deaths to "reaping", disabled woman Siobhan Simper says she feels let down and urges State and Federal Governments to reconsider their current approach to COVID.

Elbe Textiles Cornell Shirt and Style Arc Brooklyn Knit Pants

Hello friends! It’s been a long time since I posted sewing content, largely because it’s been a long time since I sewed anything. Prior to contracting COVID in January, I sewed up a heap of shirts (yet to be blogged). But post-COVID, with Long COVID seriously affecting my health, I knew sewing was just too much for me.

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman in her 30s, stands in her lounge room leaning on a hot pink cane. She wears a bold yellow, brown, black and white 70s style floral print button up shirt with grandpa collar, and slim fit black ponte pants.

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Long COVID

Last post, I wrote about my experience having COVID in January and not being able to access an at-home PCR test (or any other useful support). Recovering from COVID was a slow and arduous process, but in March I felt I had maybe regained 80% of my pre-C function – that’s still not great, considering how little functionality I had to begin with, but probably as good as it was going to get.

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At-home PCR testing for Disabled people discontinued

 

A row of Lilly Pilly plants in a side garden

In January, I came down with what felt like the worst virus of my life. I was weak, feverish, shivering and shaking, delirious and had a sore throat and splitting headaches. My first thought was to ring the COVID hotline, only to find the at home testing service for Disabled people had ceased to exist.

I spent hours on the phone, trying to reach someone who could help me. Alternating with lying exhausted and breathless on the couch. I was finally told to get a GP referral to ‘prove’ my need for the service. How? I asked. Just go to a GP clinic!

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Muna and Broad Watermelon Waikerie Shirt (and Common Stitch Loungewear Pants)

Siobhan, a Disabled white woman, wears a button up, short sleeve shirt with fine watermelon print, and tan flared elastic waist trousers. She balances on a pink cane and is smiling.

I’ve been mostly sewing button up shirts lately, but haven’t been able to share them with you without a tripod to take photos. I finally bit the bullet and bought one, so now you can enjoy my awkward poses when I have no one to direct me.

This is my latest creation, the Muna and Broad Waikerie Shirt. I actually made the long sleeve version of this shirt first in a lovely linen/cotton blend, and enjoyed wearing it so much I wanted to make another.

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Goodbye, mum

It’s taken me over 2 months to figure out how to put this post together. But if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that my dearly beloved mum passed away unexpectedly in October.

It would be difficult to overstate how much she meant to me. I had never left home, and she was my carer for much of my life. In the past couple of years, as her health declined, that role reversed and I looked after her. I wish I could have done more.

There’s nothing I can say, or do that will change things. But I felt I couldn’t go back to posting my handmades without acknowledging how profoundly my life has changed without mum, my best friend, carer, counsellor and guiding light.

Ready to Sew Julien Chore Jacket

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman, sits on a set of stairs. She wears a red toned checked flannel chore jacket and jogger jeans.

As I’ve been working through my fabric stash, I made my way to a checked flannelette I bought from Spotlight last winter. I think I intended to make a long Named Esme Cardigan from it, but the “cool reddish check” pattern on the roll looked a lot more like “grandma’s tartan pants” when laid flat, so I put it aside.

When I revisited the fabric this year, I decided that a button-up, chore style jacket / “shacket” might tone down the check pattern a bit and make for a comfy winter addition to my wardrobe.

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In the Folds Wide Leg Pants, take two

Siobhan, a Disabled white woman, stands against an antique wardrobe. She wears wide leg, mustard tan coloured corduroy pants with large patch pockets and elastic waist, and a white button up shirt.

Have you ever browsed through Peppermint Magazine Sewing School? They have a bunch of rad patterns made by indie pattern designers available for free!* I’ve made the In the Folds Wide Leg Pants before, but they were a snug fit. This time, I altered the pattern to make them elastic waisted and much more generously sized.

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A wool blanket coat – Muna and Broad Grainger

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman, stands in a garden arch. She wears an outrageous orange and yellow check oversized wool coat with dropped sleeves and twill binding, pink lounge pants, and tan suede block heel boots. She leans on a pink walking stick and has a rollator behind her. She is smiling.

After a long hiatus from sewing, I decided I needed to ease my way back in with a simple project. Naturally, I ended up sewing a winter coat made from a check wool which used a binding technique unfamiliar to me.

The pattern was the Muna and Broad Grainger Coat, and the fabric a fabulous check wool blanket whose orange-yellow tones called to me from the linen cupboard. It was originally made in Warrnambool, and I think I bought it at the op shop for $2? I’m usually opposed to chopping up perfectly good woollen blankets to make tacky coats, but my desire to basically wear a wool blanket all winter won out.

Siobhan, a white Disabled woman, stands in a garden arch. She wears an outrageous orange and yellow check oversized wool coat with dropped sleeves and twill binding, pink lounge pants, and tan suede block heel boots. She is seated on a rollator and leans on a pink walking stick. She is smiling.

The Grainger is a fairly simple sew, for a coat: it’s unlined and calls for quilted fabric (either pre-quilted or DIY’ed). Obviously, I skipped this route, and a lining, as the wool was beautifully soft on its own. The edges are bound with your choice of binding, as are the from patch pockets. I chose to use a 25mm natural cotton twill tape, after spending far more time than I care to admit in the Lincraft trim section.

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