I’ve recently returned to sewing after a bit of a hiatus and was pleasantly surprised that it too would shine a light on ‘Back to Basics’. As much of my focus and activities have pivoted on of late. I have also returned to skating which brings me back to sewing. Keep up with me. I’ve been going to adult skate here locally and have happily been befriended by the local dance skaters. This group of youthful spirits range from 50 to 84 yrs young. They gather 3 times a week, share laughs, and some of them still compete.
Last week I was introduced to one of the gals named Millie who has sewn many dresses and skirts for skating over the years. She offered me her patterns so that I could make one and I graciously accepted. At my next skate 2 manila envelopes were handed to me via fellow skater, Linda. Later that day, after taking care of several things, I sat down at our table and found a very special surprise inside them both!
Below is a spread of the patterns. Only 1 is actually a mass produced pattern from Simplicity but you see, this is where the beauty is. The pattern is for a man’s dress shirt! It was re- cut to make a skirt! Notes, size, and dart lines were all added by hand in blue ink pen. The rest range from a custom made pattern by “Trudi” to newspaper cutouts! Classic rural Americana. From the looks of the adverts on the newsprint, I’d say circa 1960. I especially love the piece that shows Charter Oak Bourbon. Price shows $3.04 a pint.
I’ve made several pattern pieces for my art dolls, managing to fit them together in a fine; cohesive manner yet these patterns I must say were truly humbling. It’s one thing to make clothes for a 13” doll where the artist is free to sew the garment onto the subject if there are alteration problems but to actually follow only the scant few scribbled directions? I’ve got nothing!