This was a popular post from a few months ago that I’ve added an update to. It’s a post that’s dear to my heart, and I hope you enjoy it!
Sewing runs in my family, especially on my Mom’s side. Today I’m sharing with you the story and beautiful work of four women who have been a big influence on me and my business – my mom, her mom, and sisters.
I know that I probably wouldn’t be in the business I am today if it wasn’t for my mom. She always had some kind of sewing project going while I was growing up. It was very common for her to have fabric and pattern pieces laid out on the dining room table. She made all of our clothes, and her own, and she taught my sisters and I how to sew when we were young.
My love of fabric probably comes from my mom too. I always loved going to the fabric stores with her while she picked out fabrics for her projects. Even today it amazes me how a plain bolt of fabric can be turned into a beautiful creation.
I think maybe that some of my entrepreneurial inclination comes from my grandma and my aunts who all had some kind of business related to sewing.
My mom says that her mom sewed all of their clothes when they were growing up, and she taught my mom and her sisters how to sew when they were young. This is my grandma and grandpa.
While I was growing up, my grandma had a thriving business selling Barbie doll clothes that she had sewn. This was great for all of her grand daughters! We could always count on getting some wonderful outfits for our Barbies for birthdays and Christmas.
I loved it when she would make something for Barbie that was made out of fabrics that my mom had used to make our clothes. In fact, she even made a Barbie brides dress and bridesmaid dress from the fabrics that my mom used for my wedding dress and my sisters’ bridesmaid dresses.
We have whole box full of Grandma’s doll clothes in my daughter’s old room, waiting for her daughter to play with. I picked out a few to share here.
Grandma made beautiful bridal gowns. Tiny lace trim and pearl buttons. A lot of detail went into each item she made.
Here’s a sampling of some of the Barbie doll clothes she made. Check out Barbie’s groovy bell bottoms! What can I say, it was the 70’s!
My mom has 3 brothers and two sisters. Here’s a rare picture of all them together this past summer. My mom is third from the left.
I’m the oldest of three girls. My mom made beautiful clothes for us, and herself, while we were growing up. I know I didn’t appreciate them, or all of the time Mom spent making them at the time. Here’s one of my sisters and I on Easter morning. Mom had sewn us little Easter suits with matching purses to wear to church.
Mom even re-upholstered a chair while we were growing up. I remember being very impressed at the time. Here’s the chair with my youngest sister in front of it. I’m sure she made my sister’s outfit too.
My mom’s oldest sister sewed a lot too. She had 6 daughter’s, and made many of their clothes. My aunt even owned a fabric shop. She sold a lot of knit fabrics, and I’m pretty sure the knit fabrics for our dresses (below) came from her shop. Note that now we’re getting into the awkward years (at least for me, in the middle) of bad hair do’s and glasses.
My mom’s younger sister also had a successful sewing business for a lot of years. She made soft sculpture people. Here’s a Santa Claus that she made. Each of her pieces had a lot of personality and character.
So, as you can see, sewing and my love for creating things really is in my blood. Thanks for letting me share my family with you.
Update – Sewing has continued with the younger generations too. I taught my daughter how to sew when she was young, and recently I’ve started bringing my grandkids into my sewing studio. It’s so much fun continuing the sewing traditions with them! They love watching me make little pillows for them. While they haven’t started sewing on the machines yet, they love filling the pillows with stuffing!
For those of you who like to sew, how did you learn? Were you taught by your mom or grandma, or are you self-taught?