I learned to sew at age 13. Summer of love, 1967. Those six weeks taught me to make a skirt with a zipper, a dress with facings, and a blouse with buttons. From that one class, I looked at clothes and taught myself to make clothes with lining, inset sleeves, bound button holes, flatfel seams, bound seams, pinch pleat curtains, and quilts.
I had made pinchpleat drapes, lined, and a matching table cloth with napkins made from sheet material as it is large and wide and had a nice pattern.
Does anyone sew any longer? I made my cousin a baby's quilt for her first baby and she kind of set it aside uninterested and another friend did the same with another quilt I made. So I do not make quilts for anyone unless they make a request. I made pillows for my students and headbands for my girl students. I have made costumes for my school for performances. Yet, I rarely know of anyone who can sew or is even interested.
In high school and college, I had to make my own clothes; my parents would not buy clothes for me. I do a good job, but it took time to do all of those outfits away from my studies. And these days with all of the online clothing so cheap, it simply does not pay to buy the pattern, the material, the accessories and the TIME.
When I bough my first pattern to sew my first outfit, it was $0.35 a Simplicity; I still have it. Most patterns worth buying and using today are upwards of $12.00. I do not have the fashion sense that I had as a young woman after being home with children so long, so I doubt I could even choose anything worth sewing.
Sewing is not taught any longer in schools. I suppose maintaining those sewing machines got to be expensive and hard to get parts. I recall substitute teaching in the school district in which I learned to sew - I was taking a break and in the room in which I was relaxing was on of the old sewing machines I learned to sew on set in a table - it had a tablecloth over it so it was not immediately apparent as to what it was.
So, any of you sew? Is it worth it? Does anyone do counted cross stitch? Or needlepoint? Or latch hook rug making? Just asking. With all of us working in or out of the home, it seems that many basic home making skills fall to the wayside.
Let me know.
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Paraphrased from "Forrest Gump".
List from the drug companies' own package inserts that come with their product as required by law.