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Momma's got a new bag   Show and Tell

Started Apr-17 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 835 views.

I started off making clothes for my Barbie out of scraps and bits of lace, and those "anklet" type socks that we always wore with our Mary Janes.  I don't remember my Mom sewing much when I was little, but when I reached junior high and wanted party dresses, she sewed a lot, and always made me beautiful dresses.  She used a Singer 401A.  She was very proud of that machine, having bought it very slightly used for a good price.  I sewed on that machine a lot until I got my own.  My Mom always said that little girls (well, it WAS in the 50s and 60s) should learn to sew on REAL sewing machines.  I loved going to visit my Grandma, because she would let me sew on her machine.  She sewed a LOT, doing alterations for the local dry cleaner and also making some simple garments and doing a bit of machine piecing.  She mostly did hand piecing, though, and almost always hand quilting, or she would tie some of them.  She made me the nicest baby quilt when Matt was born.  It was pink and blue squares of nylon tricot (!) on the top, and soft flannel on the back, yarn-tied.  It was a very sturdy, but lovely and soft, baby quilt.  I would love to have a throw size like it.  (She had the nylon tricot pieces because somehow she got a bunch of scraps and lacey from a ladies' lingerie factory, and for a while she was making a lot of ladies' panties, of all things.)

I was never in 4H and never took Home Ec, but my Mom did sign me up for sewing lessons at the local Singer dealership.  It was one lesson a week for several weeks, and the goal was to learn clothing construction techniques while making an actual garment that we would submit for a competition.  The pattern had to be approved by the teacher - couldn't be too simple or too complex.  My pattern was for a two-piece suit - a-line skirt and very simple jacket, and a white blouse with a Peter Pan collar.  I can still remember the small flower print fabric I chose.  I did learn a lot of garment sewing skills, which in retrospect seems kind of strange that they focused so much on things like actual thread tailor tacks to mark darts, instead of more practical construction and finishing steps.  Oh, well.  Many years later, I learned many more garment construction tips and methods like they use in factories.  I almost never got used to using a 1/4 inch seam allowance instead of those big fat 5/8 inch seams.  LOL  

In high school and college, I made a lot of clothing for myself, such as shorts and tops - even halter tops!  Oh, to have a halter top body again.  Hah!  

I did not get interested in quilting until I started watching Simply Quilts in the late 1990s.  My first effort was an I SPY quilt that I started making for my Mom after she had a stroke.  That is also what started me collecting novelty prints.  I never did finish that I SPY quilt for my Mom, but I *did* finish it up for my Dad and he used it some before he died.  My sister kept it for a while, and a couple of years ago, she gave it back to me.  It also won a prize in the employee art show at work, and was displayed at a local mall for a while.  Now it's home with me for good.  :o)  

Dee the reason I got good at garment sewing was because homemade clothes were made fun of by other kids so I learned to make my clothes look like store bought. I guess I learned out of necessity. 

Simply quilts is what really got me hooked on quilting too. That and a basic rotary cutting book by Fons and porter.

latterberry

From: latterberry

Apr-18

Love your bag, Dee!  You sure have been busy lately!  I like that the straps are nice and wide--much easier on the shoulder.

And you have a super cute unique bag! :D 

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

Apr-21

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:

last night I made myself a carry bag. 

Looks great!  You are so clever.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Apr-22

She could open a business ..... "Dee's Custom Totes" .... once she really retires.

But then it wouldn't be fun.

tuckyquilter

From: tuckyquilter

Apr-22

Love the new bag.  Shoulder straps are a must in my world too.  

I also carry one of those smaller MSQC Charm Pack bags a friend made me some years ago.  Perfect when traveling, like I am right now.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

Apr-24

judyinohio said:

But then it wouldn't be fun.

My husband thought I should buy a quilt shop that was for sale once.  I said "no".  I quilt for my pleasure and relaxation.  You're right.  I would not be fun.

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