With a growing child, you have to run just to stay still. I sewed replacements for things that she outgrew. I made 8 things for Iris, 7 sewn and one knitted in addition to 4 refashions
(and endless rehemming as she grew).
I sewed 4 things for her cousin and 1 for a playmate.
The two dresses and the cardigan were longer-range projects, but the vast majority of children's items were simple items like tops and pull-on pants and skirts.
I made 18 things for myself, 4 knit sweaters, 1 knit shawlette, 3 blouses, a pair of PJ pants, a pair of shorts, 5 skirts, 2 jackets and a dress. I also refashioned a dress into a skirt.
Bad Dad received new PJ pants.
3435 sewn from scratch
- 5 quick refashions
- 6 hand knits (5 sweaters, 1 shawl)
- 6 charity quilt tops
- 1 baby quilt (gift)
- 1 humongous quilt top
- endless repairs and rehemming
- let's not forget the tie-dye
- or all the theater costumes
So far, I've read about half the papers in the book, The Culture of Sewing.
Although the book describes the 1850s through the 1950s, I definitely fit the patterns of production and consumption described in the book. I sew for better fit and quality. I sew to fit unusual body proportions. I purchase ready-made items that are labor intensive or require a higher level of skill or specialized tools that I do not possess. I sew for myself, family and friends and for charity.
Unlike prior generations, researchers will have an easier time collecting evidence of our home production. The proliferation of DIY blogs proclaim a collective, "We are here!"
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