On the top navigation bar of my new blog I have several categories. One is ‘Once Upon A Seam’. Below you will find the first installment to this category or ‘page’ as WordPress calls them. I am trying to chronicle the story of how I became a seamstress. I will add to it as I remember details and have the time to write about them! I started young. I’ve always loved it. So join me, if you so desire, as I take a trip down memory lane.
Once Upon A Seam…
I was around 8 or 9 when I started sewing. I remember begging my Mom to teach me to sew. The first thing I stitched (or attempted to stitch) was a doll dress for Ginny. Remember the Ginny dolls? I had Ginny and a Skipper doll. I played with them a lot.
I can still picture the fabric we used for that little dress. It was seersucker, it was white, and it had tiny colorful flowers all over it. (If I can find it I will take a pic of it. When I get my new camera that is.)
Ginny was not a big doll. If you don’t remember Ginny, she was the size of a little sister for Skipper. And Skipper is Barbie’s little sister. So you can imagine the size of the dress.
The first seam I stitched was a side seam of the very small dress. The sewing machine my Mother had at the time had the foot peddle mounted to the side of the sewing machine cabinet and you used your knee to push it.
I got the fabric positioned, put the needle in the fabric, lowered the presser foot, and slowly pushed on the foot peddle – 0r knee peddle I guess!! Then without really meaning to I pressed harder and the machine went faster. I had been instructed to keep the edge of the fabric along one of the seam guidelines but the seam soon started getting wider and wider. Forgetting that I needed to take my knee off the foot peddle I hollered “STOP STOP!!” as the machine went faster and the seam grew wider. I remember my Mom and I laughing together over it as she quickly reminded me to take my knee off the power to the machine 🙂 And so I learned to use the seam ripper 🙂 I’m really not sure now if I actually ripped that seam out or if Mom did it for me. I did manage to get that little dress finished with Mom’s help because I remember playing with it.
I don’t remember what my second project was but I do remember my Mom saying that we should probably try making something bigger instead of something so small! It sure makes for a fun memory though 🙂
Next installment hopefully coming soon 🙂 And hopefully I can add some photos – my new camera is on order!!! Yippee! Happy Dances all around!!