Member Since: 05/18/2011
Cotton - thin and easy to work with.
My inspiration comes from vintage magazines and vintage clothing.
I went to the Sewing Expo one year in Novi, MI and saw the Laga purses being made on a treadle sewing machine. That was amazing.
Very nice pattern - complete to make a whole color coordinated, mix and match wardrobe. I would start with the skirt and top -- probably in a crisp cotton. Size 10-18.
Any vintage sewing book from the 1950's or 1960's. Singer put out a couple. The vintage books show you how to do all the great seam finishes, tucks, darts, covered buttons, etc. as well as using all those attachments that came with the older machines.
A good friend had a daughter graduating from High School and she approached me to make a T-shirt memory quilt for her. The daughter had been active in a lot of sports during her school years and had a big box of T-shirts, with logos on, in the closet. My friend took the box of T-shirts without the daughter knowing, purchased some fabric, and I got started. Having never made one of these quilts before, I had to go online and learn some of the techniques. There were also some small items that I didn't have the heart to cut up; the T-shirt the hospital sent her home in when she was born, some scouting items, etc. So I made a wall hanging and framed it in a poster size frame. At first the daughter was a little upset with us for cutting up her T-shirts, but eventually these items have become her most cherished possessions.
I enjoy slip stitching the back binding on a quilt. The quilt is done by machine, but I like to finish the binding by hand. It is relaxing, and as I round each corner, I know the project is in its final stages of being completed.
My Mom was my influence for the love of sewing. She made most of my clothes when I was a child - mostly out of neccessity as we did not have a lot of money. She was a wonderful seamstress and a perfectionist. From the scrap fabric I made clothes for my Barbie doll; first by hand and later by machine.
Her sewing machine was the little Singer Featherweight, which she took such good care of that it looked brand new. I learned to sew on that machine, and still have it today. Under her careful eye, I was told never to run over pins, never have the Singer manual near the machine to get oil on it, fold your patterns back as they came out of the package, be careful with that machine on "heavy fabric" etc. The rules were endless.
When I was a Senior in high school in the mid-1970's, I was making most of my own clothes. I made all my shorts and tops for our class trip to Disney World in Florida. And for a high school Home Economics class I made a wide-wale corduroy coat (in red), plus a patchwork quilt.
Today I like to try new sewing techniques; recently experimented with some raw edge garments. Threads magazine is great for inspiration and technical reference.
Very interesting article. I do want to see Graceland one day -- it is on my list of things to do. My son was there and bought me a book from the gift shop; don't remember seeing this room in the book?
It is a great idea. But -- when patterns go on sale at JoAnn's they are usually .99 cents and you get several items in one package! More for your money.
I am not getting into this fantasy fur jacket project at all.
I do a lot of sewing, taught only by my Mom (and Threads). I refer to back issues of Threads magazine constantly. Would love to have the book!!!
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