My grandmother was such an inspiration to me.. She was a very kind and loving lady.. She was very poor but even though things were tight..She always shared what she had with her neighbors or anyone in need. She worked long endless days ,but still found time to make those quilts to warm the beds. and sew for her self and her children.
I remember going to her house to spent a week during the summer. I was about 10 ys old. I had not brought any church clothes with me ,it was a spur of the moment decision from my parents to let me stay the week. So, Grandmother told me on Monday... we will just make you a dress. I was so shocked that you could just make a dress in that length of time. She and I went through her meager little stash of fabrics. She let me choose, and believe it or not, she took an old top of mine and used as a pattern and made me a dress.I sit by her old treddle sewing machine as she sewed away.. I was in awe of the whole sewing bit.. I think that was when I first realized ,I loved sewing.
The dress was beautiful and I still remember to this day , how special I felt ,when I arrived at church with her on that Sunday..
At the time, I was too young to understand , that she gave to me ..of her meager fabric stash..that I am sure was planned for herself. Fabric and notions were not easy for her to come by.. And I love her so much for the love and care she showed me and of the love of sewing that she instilled in me. She is and was a very special Grandmother.
Cathe and Judy I have really enjoyed reading your stories and learning about the special women who meant so much to you.
Cathe, I am imagining Marty and Poppy in their best outfits on a camel!
Judy, what a special memory of your first sewing experience. Your grandmother must have loved you very much.
I will come back to this thread tomorrow with my response! Thank you both for sharing your stories x
I can't make the photos come out apart from as attachments - not sure why, I am not on my netbook but our upstairs PC..... sorry
Anyway I also am very lucky as my Aunty Peg was, and is, a great inspiration to me. She married during WW2 aged 19 and came from an age of make do and mend. She does not sew but knitted and embroidered and now she no longer knits I have all her knitting needles.
She is nearly 90 and is helping me with my sewweekly challenges by listening to my plans and.... this is so cool.... she has found me some handbags and gloves and vintage accessories! I am taking her on holiday at Easter with my daughter. Aunty Peg has looked out lots of old photos to show me of herself in her youth and she is going to tell me all about her clothes as we look at the photos together in the evenings once Mia is in bed. Anyway I will attach a photo of her so you can have a sneak preview!
Thanks Cathe for asking about this, I have really enjoyed the replies and also sharing my own story. x