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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Sewing memories--favorite items made for you ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 4/16/12 10:39 AM

I thought it would be nice to reminisce about projects our mothers, grandmothers, aunts (or even male family members if they sewed) made for us. I bet there are some great stories and maybe even pictures. These items may have inspired us to learn to sew. Share!

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Date: 4/16/12 12:13 PM

Oh lovely, lovely. This resonates with me especially as yesterday I went through a cigar box of sewing notions my mom gave me. In it I found the best treasure of all- my bubby Roses's silver thimble. The kind with the open tip. That thing was so worn with hours of hand work. I can see her hands, gnarled knuckles from arthritis, but she kept on creating. In her mid-eighties, the last thing she made for herself was a black velvet smoking jacket with antique jet buttons. She wore it on NY's Eve. No granny shoes for her; she was one chic woman.

More later, off to tackle my dress in a tricky fabric and fit. Probably wouldn't have the inner fortitude and enthusiasm to take it on without my bubby.

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Date: 4/16/12 1:40 PM

Believe it or not...nothing! Absolutely nothing. My paternal grandmother was an awesome seamstress, but we moved away when I was 4 or 5, before she could teach me. I don't recall her making anything for us either. My mom could sew, but she had zero interest in it. She sewed what she had to, like draperies or placemats. She made an occasional top for herself, but my skills surpassed hers when I was a high school freshman lol. I had to drag her along so I could take an Adult Ed night class in sewing at the local Vo-tech school when I was a sophomore. We had to share a machine in the class, but she was more than willing to let me use it to work on my projects before hers. Like I said, she had zero interest, no passion for sewing.

My oldest sister and I were the ones born with the sewing gene coming from my father's side. We were born to sit in front of a sewing machine. If there were any sewing projects being given to anyone in our family, it was made by my oldest sister or me given to our mother.

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Date: 4/16/12 1:57 PM

My favorite item was a yellow floral sunbonnet made by my paternal grandmother. I wore it when I watched "Little House on the Prairie". I was probably 10 at the time. I still have that sunbonnet!

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Date: 4/16/12 3:11 PM

My Dad worked 2 jobs ... 3 jobs if you count working his vacation every year too. ... Dad made some doll clothes for me & also took the time to mend jeans sometimes. Dad was by no means a seamstress but him taking the time to do what he could when I was small meant allot to me.

One Christmas my Grandma made Chatty Cathy a night gown & robe for me for a gift. She was a very good sewer. Even color blind she could really pick out nice fabrics & such. She made some of my school clothes & made summer tops for all us girls... cousins & I.
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Date: 4/16/12 3:16 PM

My maternal grandmother didn't do much sewing when I knew her, but she made a dress for my Kewpie doll from scraps that she had. I still have the doll and dress. It is silk with puffed sleeves, a velvet ribbon around the waist, and a petticoat underneath with a lace edge. A lot of it was sewn by hand.

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Date: 4/16/12 9:19 PM

I still have a blanket/quilt that my Nanny made for me....she used another quilt as the "batting" and it's lasted "forever"....I also had a little blanket made of 1 layer of the same fabric and hemmed....it's white with little blue duckies in raincoats holding umbrellas...too cute! My daughter now has them, and has been told to be very careful with them as they are as old as her momma...lol

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Date: 4/17/12 0:57 AM

SewBusy, that bonnet sounds like a treasure! I loved Little House. My grandmother was a master knitter, especially cables. I have three of her very complex afgans: burgundy, blue, white. She also taught me to sew, and I've inherited her knitting and sewing things. Those things are so precious to me. She helped me encase my pink comforter that was worn through and stained with Triaminic, in a prequilted fabric of bright pastel bunnies on a yellow field. She helped me make outfits for my stuffed animals out of scraps. She also knit a moss green baby blanket for my first child, which was clearly difficult for her. I think it's the last thing she made. She knitted for the war effort, and my baby :D. My has only made me a few things, but she provided me with a designated sewing space, machine, and iron, even when we had very little. She made her own maternity clothes, and she quilts some now. I hope my sons and (God willing) future grandchildren carry on.

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Date: 4/17/12 2:24 AM

This patchwork
has many pieces from the dresses my mother made us, the red and pale green gingham is one.
This pattern
is one she used a few times to make them.
My favourite one, pieces in the patchwork I wrote about here
http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/73866
had small sweet pea flower print and the all important twirly circle skirt.
My grandmother who sewed the patchwork, made us lots of knitted garments. When mini skirts came in fashion, first time round, She knitted me lace stockings in black wool. The physiotherapist I had as a small child made me a green silk dress when I was cured.
I think being given scraps to make dolls clothes with and being praised out of proportion to the results, and being bought a toy machine and later allowed to use a hand crank machine was a big help though. As was being allowed to raid the small collection of old furnishings and fabric oddments.

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Date: 4/17/12 8:58 AM

My grandmother made me a set of yellow print pjs out of bed sheets and crocheted a skating outfit for my Barbie. My mother hand smocked a dress for me (firstborn), and made little outfits when I was a toddler. I also remember halter tops in the 1970s. She could crochet too and made an afghan although that is long gone but she stopped as she had to work 2 jobs after my parents divorced. My grandma on her side... I remember her clothes she made. I think she also made some maternity clothes when she was pregnant with my sister in the early seventies. She said she learned how to sew from her mother who was an amazing seamstress (she would just cut a coat out of a wool blanket for my mother) but she said she could never get it to look right and would get frustrated. I know my stepsisters both made dresses for themselves for prom.

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