Friday, November 7, 2008

Sewing. . .

Time to start sewing again!
I started sewing way back in junior high home economics. Our big sewing project was making an apron. I remember picking out the fabric with my Mom at J C Penney, where my Dad worked. I still have that apron tucked away in a memory box, it was a terrible sewing attempt, but I wanted to keep it as a reminder.


My Mom & Grandmas were wonderful seamstresses. Almost 100% of our clothing was sewn by them. I started making a lot of my own clothing in college during my summer vacations with the money I earned at my summer job, checking groceries.

As the years went by I sewed fewer & fewer garments for myself. I started getting crafty in 1980 sewing dolls, pillows, hoop pictures, & all sorts of other items. I started selling my creations at craft shows and continued doing so for many years. I even operated a craft shop in the mid '80s. In the late '80s I was selling crafts in 6 different craft malls. Wow, it was a lot of work and not much money. If hard work made you a millionaire I should be one! LOL I started teaching school again in 1987, I just couldn't keep up the pace, and got really burned out with crafting on the retail level.



After I no longer had craft booths to stock I did a lot of applique work on towels & sweatshirts for gift giving & for friends who requested items. I also did tons of monogramming.




Here is my Bernina sewing machine that I have had for 25 years. The only thing I've used it for the past several years is sewing on missing buttons & repairing ripped seams.



Yesterday, Bobby helped me get my large sewing table out of the attic & reattach the legs. I've got to buy a sewing lamp & get all my supplies ready. I'm not sure what my first project will be. I think I'll go look at some pattern books & fabric for inspiration. I know for sure that I want to make some baby things for little Ethan's room before his arrival in a few months.


6 comments:

Stacey said...

Sewing is a gift...I don't have it!! You will probably really enjoy it this winter.

Melissa Miller said...

I remember the craft shows so well! I worked in retail jewelry at malls for years and they would set up every weekend. I could tell how hard they worked at it. I have never been able to sew but my Grandma did. She would make us matching dresses for Easter. :)

Picket said...

Girl I am in awe of anyone that can sew!!!! Hubby bought me a sewing machine a few months ago and I set up a little table in one of the closets (yes I am a closet sewer) so far I have made some pillows and little aprons for my 3 yr old granddaughter...just the look on her face when I gave them to her was worth gold! lol Have a great day and let those creative juices flow!

Happy To Be said...

Oh can't wait to see what you create just know it will be super girl..Now don't let that Picket fool you I seen cushions she made for her porch furniture that are to die for...Have a Great day...Hugs and smiles Gloria

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Carol! I have an award for you to pick up at my blog when you have time.
Warmly, Melissa

the voice of melody said...

There's your inspiration: making baby things! Have fun looking at the pattern books and fabrics. How I wish I could sew...

Many sweet blessings!