My mother taught me to sew. She was a very fine seamstress and could make anything out of anything. She made her own bridal gown, others gowns, my clothing as a child and she could knit, crochet, and put in her own cupboards. She was a remarkable woman.
We lived in Ottawa, Illinois when I was young where she had an interior design store front. She was a divorced (you didn’t really do that in those days) single mother raising four children. She made draperies, sold wall paper, and did all the work. I remember going into her store using old wallpaper books making May baskets to give out to neighborhood kids back in the day.
I sewed because I had to. If I wanted something new I had to make it. As my children grew up I made them beautiful clothing till they finally got a fashion style of their own. If yo uknow my son, it’s plaid – I didn’t do that. I hand tailored my son’s jackets. I remember a black and white herring bone jacket I made him. My daughter was the recipient of lots of dresses and one very special one that I have still which was a yellow dress with a peter pan collar and a spring coat to match. The American Girl doll was a big deal when she was little and I use to make the doll a night gown and her girl friends night gowns that matched.
Since that time, till a couple years ago, I put sewing on hold. Now I’m back into making non-clothing things. Totes, bags, table runners, quilting…that’s really all I can handle right now as I usually give the things away as gifts.
I have a pet peeve about sewing; patterns that are poorly written frustrate me because I’m using very expensive fabric AND I don’t want to make a mistake. I think patterns should have 8 x 10 glossies with them or a You Tube link.
The pictures above come from a pattern I’m working on right now. There is a technique to make “flying geese” quickly but the pattern has to be tied into your cutting instructions. I had not used this techique before so it took some time getting used to.
The result is Fabulous and I’m covered in thread.