Sunday, November 10, 2013

for sewing


I am grateful that my mom signed me up for sewing class when I was 10. My sister, Leslie, and I would lug our mom's heavy olive green machine to the local fabric shop for our lessons. We made tote bags, if I remember correctly. I made my first dress a couple of years later - a large floral print on a dark green background with the world's widest collar.

This navy dress was my prototype for a dress commissioned by a friend. It had been sitting in my mending pile for months. I finally fixed it yesterday and it is now ready to wear to church once again.

Wearing a dress that I made myself is so satisfying. And seeing others in a dress I've made for them always makes my heart beat a little faster. I am thankful for these skills that I learned early on, and for the years of practice between then and now.

12 comments:

  1. can I commission you to make me this dress??? I love it! if so e-mail me at chambers.jana@yahoo.com:) thank you

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  2. I like your version better than the Prada!

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  3. Your hair is epic! I can't wait to sign Coco up for sewing lessons. Maybe she inherited Elaine's skills, via adoption or something :)

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  4. um wow! your hair. the dress is awesome too. you are a very talented seamstress.

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  5. love the dress-like the low waist and the pockets. Want to make another one if I get the material????? Your hair is beautiful so glad you let it grow long. Love and Hugs
    Grammy

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  6. I agree with all the other ladies. Your hair is fantastic! Do you have layers? Long 'bangs'?

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  7. Yeah Stephanie.... we all want to have you make dresses for us. Actually. I have a skirt that I love the fit and would like to have it in a different color. Cannot find one like it any where. How does one go about hiring you?

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  8. Looks great!!- and yes, your hair, wow! Want to share how you achieved that look?

    I too will be forever grateful for Ms. Faylen my 7th grade sewing teacher (looking backwards i can't believe my Jr. High still offered a sewing class- must have been late 80's or early 90's)

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  9. You look so pretty, Steph! I am pretty sure your hair has grown four inches since September. Love you!

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  10. Beautiful beautiful!! Would you mind sharing if you used a pattern for at least a starting point for this dress? Would love to make myself one once this big pregnant belly of mine is back to normal! :)

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  11. you are so naturally beautiful! very talented seamstress, too! :)

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  12. yay for that outstanding dress. i feel so lucky to own two stephanie/prada dresses. my navy one will be in next year's christmas card -- yes, i'm that nutty that i've already planned 2014's christmas card photo shoot. :D i, too, am grateful for the skill of sewing my mother taught me. i'm no where near as talented as you are, but i can throw together a few halloween costumes and skirts and that makes me happy.

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