Monday, June 13, 2011

Sewing Patterns - My Search For Paper

My grandmother was a seamtress and dressmaker.  She had her own business and worked from home.  My earliest memories are of sitting on the sewing machine cabinet leaf and watching her sew.  I was fascinated with the speed of the material moving under the presser foot.  I loved watching her make button holes and whip stitching - her hands, rough from working with the fabrics, moving so fast I could hardly see everything she was doing.  She would give me scraps of material to play with.  She would talk to me. 
She started teaching me how to sew when I was around six or seven.  I started with doll clothes, making pleated skirts, gathered skirts and simple crop tops.  She would even let me use her sewing machine which had a knee press.  She had a card table next to her sewing machine where she did her hand work.  She had a chair for me where I would sit across from her and work on the card table, too.  We would talk as we worked - I loved my grandmother.  
When I grew up and started a family of my own, she gave me her old sewing machine and cabinet.  It is one of my most prized possesions.  I love to sew - I love design and the feel of different fabrics. Every decade seems to have its own style and I love them all.  

Our scavenger hunt this week at ESN is for paper.  I decided on looking for sewing patterns, patterns that reminded me of sewing with my grandmother.  

Here is a vintage Vogue pattern from the 1950s.  See that bolero jacket?  I remember a princess style dress that my grandmother made me in the '50s with a bolero jacket.  I loved that dress.  This pattern can be purchased from Your Whatnot Shop.

Here is a 1955 McCall pattern for a jumper with straps from Comycgyrl.  My grandmother made me one just like it.  Even the material looks the same.  Mine was made in a white and blue plaid dotted swiss.

From Bargain Express, I found this cute girls Simplicity sewing pattern, Lizzie McGuire, for several different styles of tops.  I really like the top with the flared sleeves.  Reminds me of the 1970s. 

Stop by the eCrater Stores Network and check out these and other fine eCrater sellers soon. 


  1. Nice post and I bet a very pleasant walk down memory lane for you! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Similar to my memories with Mama and aunts sewing. I didn't learn myself until I was grown with girls to sew for though. Nice post searching for paper. Neat idea.

  3. Nice one CBL! The only time I ever followed a pattern was in Home Ec and even then, I cut the darn thing in half. So I'm not a sewing person, but I really enjoyed watching my Grandmother make the Singer treadle machine go 90 miles an hour!

  4. I love the post I learn to sew with a Singer treadle sewing machine and my grandmothers scraps. I have my other grandmother sewing machine and cabinet!