Friday, June 27, 2008

A story about this pattern. . . .

I had this pattern out, looking at it and thinking about making the matinee jacket and cap, for the new baby that is on the way.

In my mother's day, she told me those little jackets were called "saques" or I have even heard them called "nightingales". I love those names, they all denote preciousness to me.

Anyway, I came to have this pattern, through a long drawn-out process.

One of my very good friends was going to be a first time grandmother, and she asked me to make the christening gown. She wanted me to copy the gown that her husband and then all her children had worn. I was amazed that she didn't want to use this lovely gown for the new baby, but she explained that she wanted her daughter to have her own gown for this child and any other children she might have.

I didn't want to attempt to re-create this gown on my own, so I set out looking for a pattern to use. I posted a picture on one of my chat forums and got a very swift reply from a lady in California. She told me she had made that gown many times and gave me the pattern number.

With that, I set about searching ebay for it. I found it on the frist search!!! I placed my bid, and allowed the bidding to end, not realizing it had gone quite high in the final amount!!! (this pattern is considered vintage, as it was printed in the 1960's) So, I lost the bid. I contacted the lady in California to see if she would sell me hers. She declined but said if I found another one, I could use it and she would buy it back from me, as the embroidery transfers that came with her pattern, were now used up.

So, I began the search again. Fortunately, I found it again soon after!!! I couldn't believe my good fortune!!! I ended up paying close to $30 for this pattern, which was OK with my California friend. I used it, she paid me and I shipped it on to her. End of story.

Well, not quite. When my friend/customer picked up her gown, she was very pleased and then told me she wanted me to make two more of these eventually, for her other two children, when the time came!!!!

Uh-oh!!!! so the search began again!!! The sewing angel was with me, apparently, as I found another again and this time got it for around $6-7!!!!! So, now this precious little pattern is safely in my stash.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Yet another wonderful blessing!!!!!

Last week, we found out that we are to be grandparents again!!! A baby is a blessing from God and we praise and thank Him for this. Our grandson Holt will be the big brother!!!
Now, my mind is beginning to spin and get all cluttered up with ideas for sewing for this highly anticipated little one, who will make an appearence in February.
I have already started one project, which is pink; however, I can change back to blue with no problems!!!!
My favorite thing to sew is infant layette clothing. When we went to the retreat, I carried my unfinished box of projects left over from my trip to Martha Pullens school six years ago. It just so happens, all those little garments are for a girl!!! Wonder if that is a sign??
Anyway, my tastes in infants clothing tends to run to the vintage design. I love all those styles that came out of the 20's and 30's , the eras that my parents were born. I have amassed a variety of patterns, both vintage and reproductions, that could keep me busy sewing for years, and I don't think I would ever tire of it. My fabric stash is almost as extensive and I revel in luxurious fabrics that are a sensual delight to the eyes and to the hands. My favorites are Swiss batiste, pure Irish linen (I have a fabulous, generous friend who gifted me with a huge stash of it) Italian Sheen Sateen, and Swiss flannel. Preparing these fabrics for construction is almost as rewarding as seeing the finished garment. I love every aspect of it, from laundering the fabric, to the ironing of it. Perverse? maybe, but there is such a satisfaction to me in feeling that iron glide over an exquisite piece, seeing the change in the fabric and then feeling the "hand" of it. And then, once the garment is finished, imagining the tiny baby who will grace my efforts!!!
After having been with my sewing friends a few weeks ago, all of whom love to smock, I am desiring to smock more myself. I had gotten away from it for awhile, but they have inpired to get the pleater back out and pleat up some projects. I am finding so much joy in "just sewing" these days. Even though we DO have a little one on the way, it is too early to know the gender just yet, so I am just sewing for the sheer joy of sewing and creating!!!!
I hope you have a GREAT day!!!

Sew many blessings. . .

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting several of my cyber sewing friends at a sewing retreat held at the beautiful setting of Pickwick Lake in southwest Tennessee.
When I think how the internet has made this possible, it amazes me. I have made so many friends over the last few years that otherwise, I would never have known.
It fulfilled part of my dream of having a sewing buddie, and hopefully, we will be able to do this again soon.
Brought together by our love of sewing, we also shared the joys, sorrows and triumphs of our daily lives. It was indeed a great experience to be around women who not only love God, but also speak the same language of sewing, mostly for our children and grandchildren. We even had two very young women there and it amazed me that they would want to spend time with someone as old as me!!!
We worked on several techniques, shared by some very talented women and each of us made a pillowcase dress for someone special.
I took them to a special fabric shop in our area, a place where you never know what will be found and we loaded the cars with lots of fun finds!!!
I feel so blessed to have made these wonderful friends, who are loving, caring and generous to a fault. They came bearing all sorts of gifts, food and knowledge!!!
I sincerely hope that this will be the start of a gathering on a regular basis!!