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Inspiration

LaceyClaire | Posted in Fitting on

My inspiration is in my head.  I design beautiful creations in my mind’s eye as I go through the day.  I am over qualified for the job I do to maintain, so am a little schizophrenic with part of my mind on the task at hand and the other daydreaming of pretty designs.  I never had enough courage to follow my passion.  I gave my life over to my first love.  (I am 70 and we were taught to  marry well.)  It is as if I have little cerebral file cabinet.  I just pull the creation out when I want to make a garment.  When I was younger, it felt as if I carried all the patterns in my mind.  That was helpful when I saw beautiful fabric in the store.  I did not always have a plan in mind when I made the purchase.  Typically, I put the cloth in my sewing room and just waited for it to speak to me.  I made my own patterns.  Someone would always stop me when I was out and about and say, ‘what a beautiful outfit’.  I took pride in wearing something original because the experience of creating something from ‘scratch’ was exhilarating for me.  Sewing was therapeutic for me.  I could only sew when my other work was done.  I would play my music and lost all track of time (unusual for me). Each dress had its own tune.  I could hear the music when I wore the outfit.  I felt beautiful.   My mother and her mother were much better seamstresses than me so I guess it was in my DNA.  My fondest memories are of sitting on the floor at about age 4 by my mother while she sewed.  She put my sewing things in a little basket and I sat quietly beside her and made doll clothes.  It didn’t matter that the dresses were a little skewed and the stitches were uneven.  She encouraged me and offered to help, but I would always say, “I can do it myself mama,” and she would smile and just let me go.  As I write this I realize my inspiration must be my mother and my grandmother whose beauty and grace were my inspiration. What a wonderful gift they gave me.  (I must get back to this therapeutic experience; health problems have taken me away from this, but I must make time again for my musical garments.)

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  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Thank You for sharing your lovely story!  I wish you health and strength to resume your musical garments!  I so enjoyed reading this, you have a lovely way with words, do you also write poetry? 

    If garments are too dificult at this time, perhaps you could make some lovely scarves or accessories.  Mary

  2. LaceyClaire | | #2

    Thank you for your lovely compliment.  I did write poetry, that has gone by the way too, but I am healthier now and hope to get back in my creative 'mode'.  I had open heart surgery in 2003 (have always taken good care of myself; bummer), and that slowed me down somewhat.

    You made my day!!!

    1. Ceeayche | | #3

      Well you made my day too!  I echo MaryinColorado's comments!

      1. LaceyClaire | | #4

        Thanks so much!!!

         

         

  3. sewelegant | | #5

    I loved your inspiration tale too, but have to admit to a bit of envy.  My inspiration has to come from outside of me... from pictures of clothing or from seeing what others are wearing.  My sense of satisfaction comes from wearing a "one of a kind" only in the application of fabric, fit, and pattern.  Very rarely have I strayed into something of my own creation.  That is truely a gift.  Something I think one is born with.  The essence of a true artist, if you will.  One is never too old to follow his dreams, look at Grandma Moses.

    1. LaceyClaire | | #6

      You are so kind.  In retrospect, I think it may be a gift.  I just seemed to know how to sew, and it was exciting for me to look at the flat piece of cloth and create something with form.  I have to be honest, I loved the attention because it gave me a personal sense of identity.  I have never been good at being a part of.  I will walk beside you, but I have to keep to my counsel.  It has taken me a lifetime to acknowledge that. You can take pleasure in the reinforcement sewing provides for you and there are so many resources for inspiration.  I have a photo of a Chanel (Coco Chanel was my hero) suit (perhaps in the 50's era, not the one everyone copies with the braid) that I intend to create a pattern for and make out of navy lightwool wool or perhaps silk linen.  When I make it I will post on Threads again.  (This is a first for me.)

      Incidentally, if you 'Google' vintage patterns, you will find beautiful creations that are actually tailored!!! that you might like.  Some are expensive, but I have found some great ones.

      Thanks again for your feedback.

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