Here are some more vintage lovelies from Linda at Itsy Bits and Pieces. She included these sweet wooden spools as a gift to me, and I love the way they look...thank you Linda!
I've never been much of a seamstress, but I do love old spools!
One time, back when I was in the 7th grade, and schools still taught home economics and shop...can you say 1970s?...I had to make a sundress.
My poor sundress was looking so wonky that my home ec teacher took pity on me and let me take it home so that I could fix it. I think she knew that if I did take it home that my mother would likely take over and try and fix it. She was a rather harsh teacher but based on how bad it was looking she was ok with a little parental intervention!
Though, with a little...ok a LOT of help from my mother, I was able to salvage it and I actually wore that dress for many years to come. But that dress was the beginning and end of my sewing career for anything that required more than sewing a straight line.
I did lose my mind once when my children were little and I bought a sewing machine. My thought process was that I could somehow channel my grandmother who could sew quite well and made many of our outfits when we were little. I still remember the Alice in Wonderland shift dresses and matching triangle head scarves that my grandmother made for my older sister and me. I loved that dress, but alas, I was never able to sew like she could.
So my love of old spools comes not from my own sewing memories, but from watching my mother and grandmother sew. Pinning patterns onto pretty fabrics, cutting along the dotted lines, hunting for the perfect color thread to match, and then sewing pretty things for us to wear.
I wonder if anyone out there really still makes the majority of their clothing? Somewhere along the line it became cheaper to buy clothes than to make them, or maybe it just became unfashionable to make them?! Either way, sewing is a skill I admire and respect. It takes a great deal of patience, an exacting nature, and a good deal of artistry.
What was the last thing you sewed?! I truly can't even recall anything beyond reattaching a button...