01 Feb Deep sewing roots
My mom was looking through some old photos recently and stumbled across this one. This is me with my first sewing machine shortly after Christmas the year I was seven.
I have to say I don’t remember a lot about this little machine specifically, but I do remember making all kinds of things when I was young. I got serious about sewing when I was in junior high. Smock tops were big fashion back then and I made a few of those. My Dad wouldn’t let me take Home Ec (“Your mother can teach you all those things”), but did let me take “Clothing” in 8th grade. I made a full length lined dress which I think I wore once. When I was in ninth grade, I was a cheerleader for the basketball team and made the uniforms for myself and many of my cheerleading friends. I was in the orchestra during those years too and we had to wear a white blouse and a long black skirt for concerts and I remember making my black skirt.
In high school, I continued to make tops and skirts and made both my graduation and prom dresses. I thought about making my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses but decided against it. I was still in college at the time and only would have had a few weeks at the beginning of the summer to complete the dresses.
During my working years pre-children, I made lots of my work clothes and later my maternity clothes. Once I had children, I focused on making things for them for a few years. Then I discovered quilting. The only garment sewing I have done since then is Halloween costumes and nightgowns (you can’t beat a flannel nightgown in the winter)!
I hope you don’t all find this too boring and think I am older than dirt, but it is fun to be reminded sometimes of where you’ve been and how the direction you are going can seem so obvious in retrospect.