Ever use the phrase “remember when” or “back in the day” when referring to a specific time when we weren’t so advanced technologically or otherwise? An era where the novelty of indoor plumbing hadn’t completely wore off yet? Children played outside as a general rule and your school clothes were seperate from your play clothes. Are you from a generation where you had clothes made for you? By a machine that was powered by how fast a foot could move a pedal up and down? Very few children of the eighties and nineties I’m sure, had the experience of homemade clothes. And lets face it, if you ever had a grandmother like I did who made some not so cool clothes for a kid, you were better off. For some time it really seemed (to me) that the art of making clothes was dead. But like a lot of things; when given enough time, comes back to us. In fact one could say that not only is clothes design making a come back, it seems to be surging its way to the surface alongside re-inventors of the cooking and baking world. Who doesn’t watch the food network? Iron Chef? Cupcake Wars? Anything that can be improved on has, whether its a tool, machine, a tip or trick that makes the end result come about expeditiously and better than it ever was.
Last weekend I bought a couple of summer dress patterns for my grand daughter as I always wanted to try my hand at making clothes. The whole time I kept thinking to myself “when is this going to get difficult?” along with thoughts of “I can’t believe I’m actually making a dress”. It came out completely fantastic! If the pattern say’s easy anywhere on it and your a beginner, you having nothing to lose but time that your not trying to make it. I’m 44 and I just made my first sewn article of clothing for a toddler 3. I honestly don’t know what I was afraid of but you can bet the farm that I will be making another before the month is out.