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Mar 16, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

Thanks for including the letter. Signed. As a parent of a nonbinary teen in Utah, I'm unhappy and trying to figure out the next steps to protect my child.

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Anne, I love your weekly posts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I look forward to your weekly emails. I'm sure this has been mentioned earlier in different emails, but where do I find the pattern for your uniform sweater? You look lovely in your clothes! Great ideas about making your wardrobe. The older I get the more comfortable and wearable this sounds to me.

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The Uniform sweater pattern (with all the options, just like the book has) is here: https://makingzine.com/products/madder-uniform-knit-e-book

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Feb 20, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

Recently this advocacy organization has spoken out against the Times coverage as well. I don't speak for them, but the Mama Bears is a nationwide organization of parents of LGBTQ children, and a great source for resources for LGBTQ people seeking support. Thank you for making the petition link so easy to access. Here's a link to read about them...https://www.realmamabears.org/serendipitydodah-home-of-the-mama-b Also another fabulous group is freemomhugs.org

As far as what I'd like to make, sweaters for sure, and I'd love to make a bunch of summer shirts. But that's a bit challenging. Trying with one or two simple ones.

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Feb 20, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

Thank you for this important topic! I read somewhere that a football field of clothing is incinerated every few seconds/minutes (I forget and have no head for numbers - but it’s terrible in any case) . I also have an aspiration to build a wardrobe of my own making. I succumb way too often to the cheap, fast clothing so readily available. Thanks for the important reminder. Also, so happy to see your spirit soothed. So many people spoke my words last week I had nothing further to offer, but sent you warm

thoughts , and the same today. Namaste.

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Feb 19, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

Thanks for your thoughtful article. I am also thinking more about how I want to really love what I'm wearing, and if I can make the sweaters that I really like, even better. I think right now making/sewing the rest is a bigger challenge, so it prompts me to be more thoughtful when I buy something. Now that my kids are old enough not to change sizes so frequently it's also a good practice for them to learn.

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Feb 19, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

I love this! I also hate pants. 90% onesies and overalls over here.

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Feb 19, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

I am new to your posts and thoroughly enjoyed. Regarding heavier weight pants for winter, i like the Luce pants in Tauko magazine, vol 6 (the most recent one). i don't know how you feel about asymmetry, but they do have a nice fold and snap closure which is also nice for shifting waistlines. They are modelled as a crop pant but i don't see why they wouldn't be just as comfy full length. I am working out fabric options for mine right now, but will probably select something lighter-weight.

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Feb 19, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

Thank you, Anne, for being thoughtful about how you interact with the world and sharing that. It is a good reminder that I fall into patterns based on what I have internalized about living, not based on my values.

What I am realizing about my clothing consumption is that I am not good at deep cleaning my clothes. I get utterly stumped when I get stains on my clothes, which seems to happen often. Does anyone have good resources for how to care for stains?

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Feb 20, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

As soon as I get a spot I put Tide on it straight from the bottle, no dilution and just let it sit in the hamper until wash day. That gets out most food/grease stains. I wish I had an earth friendlier alternative, but if I save the clothing that’s a big win! Salt and boiling water work great for red wine as I’m apparently a messy drinker as well as eater. I got a stain chart off of Etsy and that had helped with unusual stains. Good luck!

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I’d love to know stain removing tips, too! I’m a messy eater. 🤭

Right now, I am generous with Shout, really saturating a stain and letting it sit overnight and then washing. Oxiclean is on my “to try” list.

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For greasy spots, try a little Dawn detergent.

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Feb 19, 2023Liked by Anne Vally

Great post today! For winter pants in San Francisco, I’ve been living in fleece pants with a drawstring waist. Black so not exciting but it’s been cold. Mine are purchased—100% recycled polyester from Patagonia. There must be a retail source for the fabric.

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Me too and I live in Reno where apparently we’ve entered the little ice age!

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