Oakley, CA, US

Member Since: 11/10/2008

Subscribe to my RSS Feed contributions

Chrisclothworks Sewing Room

The Ultimate Sewing Room contest entry

recent comments

Re: Project Runway: What's Mine is Yours

April won with her "baby doll" pajama look? I guess you have to sleep at the resort also. Ivy's outfit looks like something I would have worn in the '60s, but I loved Cassanova's outfit, which by the way, also fit the model beautifully. I would not have judged the same as the judges and maybe that's why they don't chose older women to judge.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Felted Bag Book

My new avatar is a picture of me in a purchased jean jacket that I took apart and embellished. It would have been easier to start from scratch.

Re: Who first taught you to sew?

I remember making doll clothes and doing embroidery starting at about 5. I have no idea where I got fabric or learned the stitches. My mother couldn't sew a stitch and neither could either of my grandmothers. When I was 9 I went to visit my two aunts for summer vacation and they decided I needed to really learn how to sew. I made a plaid pleated skirt. Both aunts went to Catholic schools all their lives and learned to love plaid and pleats. One aunt taught me the machine and the other taught me how to sew hems with a catch stitch. She was left handed and I was right handed. To this day I sew by hand in a left handed direction with my right hand. It's quite a sight to watch. They decided that putting in a zipper and making a buttonhole might be too difficult and velcro had just been invented, so my plaid skirt was closed with velcro. I was so proud of that skirt. After several washings the velcro wore out and I had to teach myself how to put in a zipper and a buttonhole. I did have a machine. My grandfather had decided in about 1948 that my mother, his daughter, and his wife should all have sewing machines. They each got a featherweight for Christmas. I used my mother's (the first time it had ever been out of its box) to put in that zipper and do the buttonhole. This was in 1958. I was on my way! When I was in the 7th grade I took a home ec class. The first project was a gathered skirt. The second project was a blouse to go with the skirt. It had a jewel neck, buttoned down the back, had dolman sleeves with gussets under the arms. My skirt was lavender and the blouse a lavender print. I took every sewing class I could after that and made all of my own clothes. I did costumes for the school plays and took tailoring in my senior year. In that class I made a burgundy velvet cocktail dress with a matching jacket. The top of the dress was made from pink satin back crepe and I used that to line the jacket. I had to do a double welt bound buttonhole. It was perfect - but on the wrong side of the jacket. I also had to make a covered button. I couldn't use the snap together kind. I used a little white plastic ring and covered that with the velvet and made a thread shank. I got an A+ on this project even though the buttonhole was on the wrong side. I also started my own sewing business when I was a junior. I made vests for all the boys and had two girls for whom I made all of their clothes. Then I started doing wedding dresses as my friends got married and alterations. It was quite a profitable business, but it got to where I hated it. I had no time to sew for myself anymore. I closed that business when I was 21 and have been sewing for myself and my family ever since. I tried to teach my daughter to sew. She is very creative, but prefers to work in ceramics. However, my grandson who is 9 likes to sew with me.
My left handed aunt is still alive, but has given up sewing. The last thing she made was a plaid pleated skirt. Love you Auntie Cathie.