|hand-stitched brooch for my MeMaw|
Finally made it to a craft. Today I am thankful for sewing and every role it has played in my life. My MeMaw (mom's mom) was a professional seamstress and my mom continued that legacy by making all my prom dresses and sewing many of my costumes when I was younger. I was so blessed to grow up in a home where sewing played such a huge role.
I didn't get the sewing bug until I got to college, but when I did I got it hard. I started making all my purses and pillows. I've stayed away from sewing garments, too stressful for me, but I love making bags. It's gotten to the point where I feel guilty buying a purse from the store, since I know I can make it just as well.
Hand sewing is a craft I've come to appreciate more in the last few years. I have 3 sewing machines but I still love sewing with my hands and just a needle and thread. It's so cool to start with materials and then watch them become something beautiful just because I manipulated them with my hands.
Sewing enabled me to make my wedding exactly what I wanted it to be. My mom altered a store bought dress with a brand new skirt exactly to my liking. It was beautiful and polka dotted! I was also able to sew a glittery, feathery, felty, sparkly, belt embellishment because I knew how to harness my sewing skills. I was also able to make my entire wedding bouquet by sewing felt, buttons, and tulle. (I realized I never did a wedding picture post, I need to do that soon!)
It saddens me to see how much sewing has fallen out of our culture today. I'm always surprised when someone doesn't know how to sew a button or even thread a needle. This used to be something every girl knew. It's such a basic skill to me an I can't imagine not knowing it. I fully intend on passing the sewing legacy down to my children, boys or girls and I hope it sparks something in them that it did in me.
Thanks mom for teaching me!