embroidery, fashion, quilting, restyle, sewing
Member Since: 05/10/2012
I find things I love about all periods, but the farther back I look the more I find the ingenious ways that people got along without handy things like zippers! In addition, there are finishing techniques and construction I would never have known existed that improve my modern sewing. Currently I am working on a set of steampunk inspired costumes for a convention my children and I are attending soon, so I have been elbows deep in Victoriana and abit of early Edwardian style. I love the shapes and layers, and am even considering adding some to my everyday wardrobe because some of the blouses and skirts and coats are just so cleverly constructed and truly beautiful in a way that stands up to the passage of time.
My best quilting experience came when I volunteered to assembled themed quilts for a fundraiser benefitting a children's home. The blocks were made by the children representing their hopes, and the time I spent with them was inspiring. Even more was the pride when the quilts were auctioned at a charity dinner for over $1000 each. My heart was full!
I am planning to make hand-sewn/ embellished gifts for all my children this Christmas, both to save money but also to give them something meaningful that could become an heirloom. I have thought a lot more about how to leave something behind for them that is a connection between us and not just "stuff".
After 4 surgeries related to removing cancer, I am no longer bilateral. This makes commercial patterns as much of a challenge to me as trying to think of things from my own head... maybe draping would help me with fitting options.
Posted! Looks amazing, a lot of ideas!
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