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I used to sew for my children to save on the cost of clothing. They were small children long before consignment and resale shops ever came into play. They are all grown and on their own now, but I still have the passion that started long before they were born. I remember "helping" my grandmother cut and stitch for hours. In fact she would even darn socks, can you imagine doing that now? She was a wife and mother during the depression so she repaired and reused anything she could. "Never throw out in a teaspoon what you wouldn't throw out in a bucket" was her motto. She found uses for items that we laughed at then, looking back now she would have prospered on Etsy with her unique creations.
When my beloved grandmother passed away and we had the task of packing up her many years of worldly posessions, I found all of her old mail order sewing patterns. Those were the items I chose to keep in her memory. Several years later and long…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 9
  • Joined January 28, 2011

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flannel, cotton, yarn, crochet thread, lace, denim, buttons, bows, vintage fabrics, cotton lawn, anything soft against the skin, cute prints

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I used to sew for my children to save on the cost of clothing. They were small children long before consignment and resale shops ever came into play. They are all grown and on their own now, but I still have the passion that started long before they were born. I remember "helping" my grandmother cut and stitch for hours. In fact she would even darn socks, can you imagine doing that now? She was a wife and mother during the depression so she repaired and reused anything she could. "Never throw out in a teaspoon what you wouldn't throw out in a bucket" was her motto. She found uses for items that we laughed at then, looking back now she would have prospered on Etsy with her unique creations.
When my beloved grandmother passed away and we had the task of packing up her many years of worldly posessions, I found all of her old mail order sewing patterns. Those were the items I chose to keep in her memory. Several years later and long after my father had passed away one of his cousins children had contacted me. She had found baby pictures of my father in her task of packing up after her parents deaths. As I looked through the most beautiful studio portraits she had given me, as pristine as the day they were taken, yet at least 70 years old, I remembered seeing those gowns before. I went to my memory drawer and pulled out those much used old patterns. Sure enough, my father was wearing the day dresses that I had the patterns for. It felt as though I had just opened a time capsule. I don't cherish many tangible things in life, however, my antique baby day dress patterns and portraits of my father as a baby in those day dresses are greatly cherished.
Sewing is no longer an economical method of saving money, in fact it can be quite an expensive craft. It's my passion though. I now make the baby day dress for every new baby that joins our family, it's a tradition. Sometimes when I'm in my sewing room lost in thought and surrounded by yards and yards of fabric, I wonder who will end up with my grandmothers mail order day dress patterns when I pass away. Will they be as loved and cherished?
I so enjoy making the beautiful baby garments that take me back to days when I had small babies to sew for. I stumbled upon Etsy through a google search for something and have been hooked ever since. When I'm not sewing, I'm typically shopping on Etsy these days. I could window shop for hours or days~ I just so love to look at all of the beautiful items that are crafted from those whose passion is like mine, from the heart and made with love.

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