I am a seamsress and I love to sew. My fondness for it began when I was a very young girl watching my mother as she made our clothes. She would give me her scraps of fabric to hand sew new clothes for my doll. I had a Shirley Temple doll that I still have today. I had tucked her away for years and now she sits out on display in a lovely new red and white polka dot dress that I recently made for her. It was one of my silk scarves before I used it to make Shirley’new dress.
I use many fabric from many things to re-create something. I guess you could say I practice upscaling. That was a word my daughter introduced me to recently and when I found out what it meant, I had to laugh. Thrifty people have been doing this for years. My mother made some of our clothes out of flour sacks, I guess she was upscaling before it was a popular term.
About 2 years ago while going through my husbands old clothes, I sorted out his tattered favorite work shirts. Instead of throwing them out I cut them apart and made him a cozy quilt to cover himself with when it is cold. He loves it and so do his 3 children. They look at it fondly as they remember the shirt fabrics he wore when they were young children.
Many of my fabrics come from a wonderful thrift store that love to shop at. I have found beautiful, sometimes vintage fabrics there. I bring them home, wash, dry and fold them and place them in my stash. When I work with fabrics that someone else bought and never got to use, I wonder who they were, and what they had planned to make that never got completed. With respect and praise I sew something beautiful. I suppose one day someone will do the same with some of mine. I like to think so.
We recently went to large estate sale. I always feel a little uneasy going through someone elses personal things once they are gone, but do so with awesome respect. I purchased many yards of beautiful vintage fabrics and notions that day, and they were almost free. I am sure the person who purchased them originally would have been happy to have them come home with me.
Using my skills and talents of sewing is my happy place. I love creating and working the textures and colors into something beautiful and useful. Creativity is an inherited trait that our heavenly Father has passed onto mankind when he made us in his image, in his likeness.
Ms Linda Darlene