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Re: Fashionably royal patterns

I agree.. getting away from strapless is reason enough to cheer.. I waited with baited breath to see the dress! and heaved a HUGE sigh of relief when I saw it.. My DD has met the love of her life.. and I knew Kate's dress would influence the choice of dress she will have when they decide to get married.. Princess Diana's dress sadly influanced mine. I wanted the slender sleeve.. Kate's dress would have been perfect for me...LOL but there were none to be found.. when I married a year or so later they were all Diana "look.a.likes" I picked one of the least puffed sleeves I could find.. LOL but her dress is still so evedent in my dress. Kate's thank God is a classic style that will stand the test of time.. and how lovely to influence my daughter's dress.. YAY!!!

Re: Starter Machines and Beginning Sewers

I agree cheap toy machines are not worth it. In fact cheap machines are not worth it.

my first sewing machine was a Christmas gift it was, IS an old singer hand crank. Was a child's version of my mothers singer. it was a heavy metal and sewed a chain stitch.

LOVED it. When I first married and needed a sewing machine I dug it out of my mother's attic and set it on my ironing board... too funny when my DH walked in and I was cranking away at a pair of curtians I needed to shorten.. and he thought I had lost my mind.. but it still works today...and was my daughter's intro to sewing too.

my son however.. took it upon himself to learn to sew.. and messed up my mom's good singer.. but he is pretty good and can make what he wants to make... as long as it doesn't have a pattern... LOL

and I agree with the sound of a metal sewing machine. these new plastic ones ... seriously don't seem to sew as long and as well as a good old metal sewing machine.

Re: As a sewist, what are you most thankful for?

I am greatful for reciently been given my Gr.Grandmothers sewing machine. Sewing on it is more difficult than she ever made it look.. but it comes with drawers filled with all her sewing treasures. She never discarded a dress.. she stripped it of its notions.. and used the fabric to make crazy quilts. so I have buttons, zippers, corset stays, darning thread.. so many treasurs..

but most important. Iam greatful that at the age of 9 she realized that her DIL had not taught my mom to sew, crochet, or embrodery.... and she was not going to see another generation lost to the ability. and she sat me down and started my lessons.. I had a hand crank 1960 something childs singer sewing machine and my first accomplishment was a patch work quilt for my barbie doll.... but she began a life long ability in me. and because she taught me her way I didn't learn conventional sewing until I was in Jr High.. but that is a blessing in its self...

when my kids were young and needed holloween costumes.. they picked them out of whatever cataloge came to the house.. but that didn't mean I was buying it. I went to the local sewing establishment and picked fabric.. no pattern.. and I began to cut and sew until they had a costume. My GrGrandmother had also shown me that you can sew with out patterns. and it is not that hard...

every time I sit with a needle in my hand. I am thankful that she showed me how to use it. and this knowledge I have also passed on to my DD.. and my son...

Re: As a sewist, what are you most thankful for?

I am greatful for reciently been given my Gr.Grandmothers sewing machine. Sewing on it is more difficult than she ever made it look.. but it comes with drawers filled with all her sewing treasures. She never discarded a dress.. she stripped it of its notions.. and used the fabric to make crazy quilts. so I have buttons, zippers, corset stays, darning thread.. so many treasurs..

but most important. Iam greatful that at the age of 9 she realized that her DIL had not taught my mom to sew, crochet, or embrodery.... and she was not going to see another generation lost to the ability. and she sat me down and started my lessons.. I had a hand crank 1960 something childs singer sewing machine and my first accomplishment was a patch work quilt for my barbie doll.... but she began a life long ability in me. and because she taught me her way I didn't learn conventional sewing until I was in Jr High.. but that is a blessing in its self...

when my kids were young and needed holloween costumes.. they picked them out of whatever cataloge came to the house.. but that didn't mean I was buying it. I went to the local sewing establishment and picked fabric.. no pattern.. and I began to cut and sew until they had a costume. My GrGrandmother had also shown me that you can sew with out patterns. and it is not that hard...

every time I sit with a needle in my hand. I am thankful that she showed me how to use it. and this knowledge I have also passed on to my DD.. and my son...

Re: Entering the world of sewing

My Great Grandmother sat me down at the age of 9 or so.. and first showed me she could make tops out of bits of fabric and no pattern! I was amazed. I had been given for Christmas a Singer sewing machine.. hand crank..

she sewed on an old treadle machine. she had me cut small 3"squares.. and sew them together.. and make a doll quilt for my Barbie doll. then she taught me to embroidery.. a skill I have always enjoyed. In fact in high school started a fad of embroidering jeans!

next sewing project would be a few years later in 7th grade, an apron and a blouse.

Pattern reading came easy to me.. or maybe Grandmom taught me well .. can't say.. but it came as easy as walking… in 10th grade I took another sewing class(easy A) and when you had a question you put your name on the board.. and waited. I never put my name on the board.. I never needed help. well a few of my classmates discovered I knew what I was doing, so they would ask me and I answered their questions. Didn't think much of it; did the same in other classes.. as long as it wasn't a test no one ever seemed to mind. Most teachers were grateful. Anyway apparently I was getting more questions than she was.. don’t know… couldn’t tell you .. if someone asked a question I answered it and went on with my sewing.. but all of a sudden, out of the blue.. she yelled across the room in front of Juniors and all that she "was the teacher of the class" not me.. and I was "not to help another student." Well I was floored, embarrassed and had no clue there was a problem.. ... I felt bad for my friends.. well it lasted a week.. then they would sneak over to me.. and ask a quick question. LOL

This teacher and I didn't get along too well you might guess. even as a kid I wasn't about to waste fabric.. so I laid the pattern out, on grain of course, but no wasted fabric... "that wasn't right", she would say.. so I used to lay the pattern out as the pattern suggested, until she "okayed" it ....move the pieces and then cut out my pattern... I wasn’t’ wasting that fabric.. I could make a matching purse if I had enough left over!

Then one year I wanted to make a grey corduroy skirt.. but I wanted the direction of the wales to go around the skirt rather then vertical.. Oh My Lord! She had a fit.. I didn’t know what I was doing.. I knew I wanted it to be different. (I am a product of the 70’s.. LOL) she fussed but I made my skirt.. Yeah I made something to satisfy the grade requirement.. but I made my skirt!

anyway.. I sewed off and on over the years, often changing something on the pattern.. to make it suit me. then I had kids. and my creative spark arrived again.. I made all their Halloween costumes for years.. they picked them out of a magazine or catalog... and then I went to the store bought fabric and started cutting and sewing until I had what they wanted. it was fun.. and it didn't have to be perfect because it wasn't for the prom.. I made some pretty amazing costumes.. then they grew up.. LOL

as I have gotten older.... and see that others can't work a needle.. or a sewing machine.. I am EVER GREATFUL to my Great Grandmother.. who I think said to herself one day, that another generation would not be lost to sewing, embroidery.. and crochet.. so she taught me.. and I have taught my daughter.. and I hope .. the next generation when it gets here. Will also learn.. great skills to have.
Catherine.