Central Iowa Chapter
American Sewing Guild
American Sewing Guild
Fashion Inspires Sewing
I began sewing at about 12 years old. That was the time I first noticed fashion, like plaid A-line skirts with matching knee high socks. I wanted the most from my babysitting money and I could make TWO A-line skirts for the price of one bought at JCPenneys. In high school I took Home Ec., (yes it was called Home Economics, not Consumer Science) I learned a little more about sewing. My teacher wanted perfection so I learned how to seam rip and re-stitch (especially zippers). Then life happened, husband, children and Walmart. Walmart? Yes, now I could buy clothes as cheaply as making them plus, I just didn't have the time with the exception of Care Bears. One year my kids wanted Care Bears for Christmas with the stores out of them I had no choice but to sew them.
Now I'm retired and have taken up sewing again. I want clothes that fit, in the color I want with the fabric I want. I'm finding out sewing has changed so much. I have a new sewing machine that does everything but brush my teeth for me. So that has been a learning experience and continues to be a learning experience. Now there are so many notions to help you sew, way more than we had 30 years ago. My favorite sewing notion lately has been the disappearing ink pen.
Sewing to Support Girls & Women in Africa
My sewing went with me to Tanzania where I taught a single mother to make simple bags to support herself and her baby. While living and working at Angel House Orphanage I met a young woman named Sara. Sara was orphaned at about eight years old and was 17 years old when I met her. I've know Sara now for about six years. Sara was married two years ago. While planning her wedding she wanted to wear an American style white wedding dress but none could be found in Tanzania. In fact even white fabric is hard to find. Sara asked one of the missionaries to bring a dress back from the States for her. Now Sara would like to start a wedding dress rental business and I am collecting used dresses for her. We plan to travel to Tanzania in May 2017 and if you know of a dress that is no longer wanted I have a good home for it. The style doesn't really matter, long sleeved is best but short sleeved or sleeveless works well with a shawl or lace jacket. In Tanzania women have their shoulders covered. I have collected about 20 dresses so far but would love more. If you have a dress or know of a dress please contact me using the accompanying form. Any style any size would be welcome.
I started the girls thinking about sewing and had a few sewing machines donated. So, the girls began making tote bags to sell. The orphanage then hired a seamstress to teach sewing and they are now making school uniforms.
I collected old T-shirts and the Maxwell Sewing group turned them into diapers. Then we had all these sleeves left over so we made hats for newborns. Money was donated to buy flannel and we made receiving blankets. Making a little kit for new moms. And I had a few pillowcases that went to good use, dressing girls in Africa. The Methodist church group also cut shoes from old blue jeans to be assembled by Sole Hope. Our next project is to make reusable hygiene products so girls can go to school every day of the month.
The knowledge of sewing has been with me most of my life but I would encourage learning sewing at any age. They say learning something new is good for preventing Alzheimer's. With sewing there is ALWAYS something new. So learn something new today.