A favorite spot in my studio is this little sewing corner. I like to sew. Do you?
I picked up most of my sewing skills from my mother who was a fabulous sewer. When she and my dad first came to the U.S. in 1950, she worked as a seamstress for a while. As a toddler in the early 60's, I remember all sorts of ladies coming by our house for fittings. I loved to watch as my mom marked their hems and pinned their alterations. Then she's head down to her sewing area in our basement to work her magic. She also made lovely dresses for my sister and me. What fun it was to go to the Woolworth, sit on the high stools and look through the pattern books. But these days, sewing is becoming a bit of a lost art. Where I live, most of the fabric stores have closed and it's difficult to find notions and patterns anymore.
I'd like to share a charming old book of mine that is a good starting point for kids (or anyone actually) interested in developing some very basic sewing skills. It's called The Lucky Sew-it-yourself Book by Camille Sokol with pictures by her husband Bill Sokol. This darling book from 1964 shows how to make simple items like a scarf, pocketbook, apron, pin cushion or doll pillow.
Isn't it wonderful? Feel free to share it with your kids, grandchildren, or anyone interested in learning to sew. And be sure to stop back again. I'll share this book's sewing projects with you in future posts.