Connections made through sewing

My clothes might have seven degrees of separation from you! I’m inspired by so many people in person and on line – the style, fabric, color, detail, etc. of what I see.

As I posted for Tribute Month in response to the Sewcialists challenge, I began to think about the ways that sewing makes me feel connected to all kinds of people. (And I’m hoping that this blog is reaching out with helpful information to my new, breastless tribe.)

The first photo above is my second grade school picture, and the dress was made by my friend (former step-mom) who is in the second picture. She sewed all kinds of clothes for me over the years, and sewing can bring me back to those happy moments of creating together. In the second picture, she’s cutting out a t-shirt using a pattern that I adjusted for her. I was so happy to be able to give a little back to her!

My sewing machine choices also illustrate my connections with others. I’ve never had a new machine. In the second photo, I’m about 22 years old, sewing on a hand-me-down from my friend’s (former step-mom’s) sister. Later in life, when a machine of mine was beyond repair, I searched out and bought sewing machines that I learned to sew on. They were familiar and engendered a feeling of connection.

The first photo is a machine that I recently bought from a neighbor down the street who moved into a retirement place. I have fond memories of her and will enjoy using her machine, too.

Recently, two people I adore in the sewing world were connected to me through this coat. Anne Whalley from Australia made the coat, and Ryliss Bod of Sewing and Design School bought it from Anne. I was able to try on the coat when I was with Ryliss for a sewing workshop. (The coat is made from a table cloth! I’m thinking that the design could be replicated printed through Spoonflower.)

indigo VerbI also am inspired by other’s passion. In this case, I bought a piece of indigo-dyed fabric from A Verb For Keeping Warm. (The skirt of this dress was made from the indigo fabric.) I am inspired by Kristine Vejar’s commitment to exploring how to come back to local resources to use in our knitting and sewing projects.

Finally, the header of this blog is a photo of silk thread from my former mother-in-law’s estate. I wonder where it’s been (she’d lived so many places!) and what she made with it.

When you are sewing, in what ways do you feel connected?


5 thoughts on “Connections made through sewing”

  1. My Mom sewed, my aunts all sewed at various times in their life and I’m sure my grandmothers did, as well. I started learning to sew on a machine my Mom bought for herself but never had the chance to really use. I know she’d be proud and happy that I’m learning to sew.


  2. Oh, my sewing has been such slow going, what with one thing or another coming up. But when I sew, it keeps me in touch with my mom, who just passed away, and my paternal grandmother. Mom and Grandma were great friends, Grandma taught my mom to sew, and Mom taught me. I have a few of her sewing tools and love working with the tools her hands held. Lovely post.

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