My first memory of anything sewing related was when I was 6. My mom had her sewing machine and all her tools set up in our dining room and was sewing me a flower girl’s dress for my aunt’s wedding. I do not remember much about the process, but I remember I liked watching her create the dress and seeing the finished product. Photo of said dress:
Looks like the early 90’s, right??
Thanks, Judy, for the photos!
My next memory was a few years later. My mom and I (or maybe just my mom?) made a cover for the bench seat in my new bedroom. If I remember correctly, I got to help pick out the fabric and was more involved in the process!
The next was closer to high school. My mom and I invited my old neighbors over to make bags. I grew up next door to them and we were inseparable until I moved away in fourth grade (maybe a mile away, but that’s really far when you’re that age… plus we went to different schools!). We spent the day making simple bags/purses and it is one of my favorite times sewing. My mom found one of the bags I made and snapped a photo for me:
Once again, it was a few years later when I picked up sewing again. I was in undergrad, and my mom was visiting me for the weekend. I have no idea how the conversation started, but I told her I wanted to start sewing again. She surprised me and bought me my first sewing machine (thanks, mom!)! It was a simple Singer Esteem II, the one I still have today. Although it drives me crazy, I haven’t had the need to upgrade, yet.
I again decided to make some bags. Clothing seemed impossible at this point, still, so bags it was! Here are a few photos of the messenger bags I made:
Yes, that is an iPod. 🙂
I really loved making them, even though they took me HOURS to make. I’m sure if I went back today it would be a little quicker. But at the moment, I have no desire to make bags!
Once again, I didn’t pick up my sewing machine for about eight years. When my Little was born, I got back into it. And, I dove right into sewing knits and making clothes. It’s funny to think that wovens now intimidate me! The booties I wrote about here were the first items I made. Next, I made some shorts and a romper, and almost two years later I’m still sewing! I’m thinking this time it’ll stick. 🙂
A huge thank you to my mom for introducing me to sewing and encouraging me along the way! There’s no way I would be sewing today if it wasn’t for you! Also, a huge thanks to my partner. He has supported my hobby since I picked up sewing again last year. I now have two more machines and a closet full of fabrics and accessories to play with. 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions or comments!