For me, there have been quite a few along my life but I think one of the most vivid ones, are the ones spent either with my greatgrandma in the kitchen or my grandma in her sewing room and later, sewing shop.
My grandmother Odete is this beautiful woman with the prettiest green eyes and dark hair.
She has been sewing what seems like forever. You see, she's a Seamstress and for many years I sat at her feet, or at her side and watched every move she made, listened, learned and applied.
The photo above was taken I think, shortly after she married my grandfather, matter of fact you can see his photo in her necklace :)
The reason I'm bringing this up, aside from the fact that I love reminiscing and looking at old photographs, is because I was recently asked where I learned how to sew, and the credit all goes to this amazing woman.
She used to make the most amazing wedding dresses, intricate designs, tiny little pearls and small little decorative stitches, and she did this by hand.
I used to sit and watch her hands as she worked, they seemed to have a rhythm all their own, it's like the minute they connected with the fabric they move at their own pace, she would talk, she would laugh, she would listen to music and she would ask me about my current crush, or school work or what I wanted to do in the future, and all while sewing.
I remember many times going straight to her shop after school, I would have a sandwich and something to drink and then I would sit with her, she started off by giving me the job I most detested and I did tell her that I didn't want to do it, but she told me if I wanted to learn how to sew I would learn every single part of it, not just the fun........so when something needed to be pulled apart, there I was.
As ye sew, so shall ye rip. ~Author Unknown
Then I guess I was promoted, I started helping with minor alterations, ladies would come in with dresses to be taken in, skirts to be hemmed, pants to be taken out etc. That was my job and it's one I took very seriously, I was determined to get it right.
But for me the moment came when she sat me at her Serger and said "alright go for it" and my hands literally shook as I very slowly plodded along, in a very zig zaggy kinda line because I couldn't even keep it straight, I was terrified and kept telling her that the fact that it was sewing AND cutting away the fabric was freaking me out because if I made a mistake it was ruined. She just laughed....she knew better.
She had this amazing faith in me that I couldn't even see for myself.
When I was about 20, I got a job at the local mall, I was working for Singer and one of my tasks was to teach a weekly group of ladies how to sew. They would bring in their machines and I taught them everything from threading to changing the footer, to what it did and even sewing small projects. For that though, I had to take a 2 week course, I could have gone by myself but I chose to take my grandma with me.
I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
It was such an amazing time, we went every day, got to sit around with another 30 or so young girls and their moms etc, learn a bunch of sewing skills, eat lunch and just have fun. I loved it.
I am by no way an expert, I still struggle and when I stumble along I pick up the phone and ask my grandma, because you know even though she's 87 years old now, she still sews and she still knows her business well. She laughs at me when I make idiotic mistakes, or rather, we laugh together.
I will forever hold these precious memories in my heart.
So, if you're thinking of learning how to sew, I can tell you that it really is one of those skills that is not hard to learn at all, it's something that you will use for years and years to come and it's something that you're never too old to learn.
May your bobbin always be full! ~Author Unknown