This dress was one of my Christmas presents this year….and it truly was one of my favorite gifts. It was a dress my mom wore in the late 50’s as a junior bridesmaid. And since I am the sewer in the family (lucky me) she gave it to me. Sorry, if it looks a bit big on the dress form, it is. The dress is about a girls size 12 or so and it’s pinned on a dress form that is a girls’ size 6.
My mom got this dress (and she even remembers that it cost around $40—a ton of money) as part of a bridal party for my Great Aunt’s wedding. It was originally a bridesmaid dress, but my grandma took it to a friend who ripped the whole dress apart and resized it down for my mom. And the best part….she handstitched the WHOLE thing back together. Awesome.
And to have such an amazing piece of sewing history–I really feel lucky. Sewing has taught me so much…..and I think if anything, they are more life lessons than sewing lessons.
I am feeling the need to share a few today. I think there are probably many others lessons learned, but these are the few I have been pondering lately.
1. Sewing has taught me self confidence. Like the first time I put in a zipper. Badly sewn as it was….I felt a sense of “I did-it-ness.” And boy, some days do I need a dose of self confidence (don’t we all?)
2. Sewing has taught me patience. A garment isn’t completed in a day. Neither am I….and neither are my children. We are all works in progress.
3. Sewing has taught me perseverance. Like the recent time I sewed a whole tightly gathered skirt on backwards. I can also remember when I first started sewing again, I wanted to leave the mistakes in….but I could hear a voice in my head saying “do it right.” So, I would (sometimes begrudgingly) pick it out and redo it. But the effort was always worth it in the end.
4. Sewing has taught me joy. I find so much joy in seeing a finished product. It’s usually late at night, when I am editing a photo or putting up a post, but seeing something I have made makes me happy. And it’s not just in seeing my own stuff (ok, truth be told, I don’t always see joy in my own stuff) but also seeing things others have sewn.
5. Sewing has taught me that things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. (Totally stolen from all our favorite The Nester.) But it’s true. My sewing doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be my best (or my best at the time).
Ok, everyone your turn, what life lessons have you learned from sewing (or crocheting, or knitting, or….)?