Phew. I finally did it! After spending the better part of a year
stalking reading the blogs of bazillions of super-talented sewists, I have decided to join their ranks. Well, hmm. Slight correction. I don’t mean that I am super-talented, but I do love to sew. I hope this blog will help me catalog a few of my favorite things, including sewing, design (clothing, interior, and landscape), shoes (erm, I am slightly obsessed), and other creative pursuits (aka “stuff”).
Some of the blogs I've come to love are Mushywear, Lindsay T Sews, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, Sew Silly, Miss Celie's Pants, Eugenia's (Fabulous) World of Fashion, Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel, I Made This!, Sewn, The Sewing Lawyer, Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing, Sewaholic, 10,000 Hours of Sewing, Erica B's DIY Style, Gigi Sews, A Little Sewing on the Side, Communing with Fabric, Pins and Needles, What I Wore, Kadiddlehopper,...and the list goes on and on and on.
|Easter, mid-60s: |
Dress sewn by my mom;
bangs cut by me
My mother and grandmother were excellent seamstresses. My mom taught me to sew, and I also took sewing in 4-H. For about nine years, I ran a business designing and selling custom doll clothing for 18” dolls. Loved it! I sold the clothes, shoes, and all sorts of accessories via mail order and at special events throughout California. I designed and created school uniforms for dolls (these matched the various San Francisco-area private and parochial school uniforms), Chanel-type suits, ball gowns, poodle skirts, fur coats, ice skating outfits—well, you get the idea.
One of the things I’ve learned from reading other blogs, is that I really like to see photos of the various projects. Therefore, tomorrow I am going to buy a timer for my camera and see what I can do. In the meantime, I think I’ll work on creating a photo display of outfits and accessories. Kinda excited about this, because it harks back to my college years (and well into my twenties) when I did window and store displays to supplement my income. Such fun!
Okay. Enough of my blather. Now it’s time to post some pics! As I mentioned, I haven’t figured out exactly how to photograph my sewing projects (but I’m working on it!), so here is a home-designed and sewn outfit from the past. This is a picture of my parents on their wedding day in the mid-50s. My mother designed and sewed her outfit, a waltz-length dress of white lace over pale yellow taffeta. Her shoes were gorgeous: pale, pale yellow peau de soie appliquéd with pearls and rhinestones. I coveted those shoes! And I wore them for “dress-up” for years; unfortunately, my feet grew too long!