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Seamstress? Moi? by Leah Jean
Posted by Leah Jean ( on December 08, 2004 at 19:56:13:

Me? Ever become as good of a seamstress as my mom (Judy)??? Ha, ha, ha ....

First of all, Mom has years of sewing experience that I will never have. I remember as a kid we almost never had store bought (outer) clothes. Mom was constantly sewing just to keep us covered. And we were a hearty and energetic group of little monsters too who weren't happy unless we were fighting (physically and/or verbally) with each other and/or rolling around in our good sized yard. Baseball, football, tag ... you name it! Needless to say, Mom was also an expert at mending and washing. :-) I especially remember the time at a local park when we kids decided to have fun sliding down the edges of a big cement drainage ditch. I just remember that after we were done I noticed that my pants were very aerated in the back. At least I was a little kid so I didn't have a very developed sense of shame. But it was one of the few things Mom couldn't repair. ;-) And Mom did have a flair for fashion. At least Cindy was more appreciative of that aspect. Me, I was pretty much happy if I didn't destroy it. But Mom picked good solid materials and did a lot of double stitching.

After doing that top and skirt, I realize that you have to be a bit of an engineer. And have some common sense mixed with experience which I am sorely lacking. Like the skirt ... the pattern showed a "notch" to be cut on one part. Well, I really didn't pay attention to the fact that it was on the fold. When I opened up the newly cut piece there was a "notch" in the middle of the skirt front!!! Since you can't repair that descently, I just went out and bought more material and recut it. Lesson learned: patterns aren't always right. And after talking to a person at Hancock's Fabrics, it wouldn't be surprising to find some instructions missing too. [Collar? What collar? No instructions on adding collars.] :-) So anyone else wishing to become a "domestic engineer" ... you have been forewarned!

So if any of you out there wear a size 20, would like to have a tunic (Japanese high collar with buttons extending down at an angle) done in red satin, and a long black satin skirt with a big split up the side ... please let me know. I will send it to you. You just have to make sure that you wear it in "soft light" so no one will notice the little sewing imperfections ... around the shoulders and neck mainly.

Mom, glad you are finishing my quilt for me!



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