THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

July 14, 2007

The Cutting Edge

Filed under: Designing,sewing — georgene @ 2:13 pm

Some say if it’s in the New York Times, it’s already over. This Thursday’s style section ran an article about the resurgence of sewing, knitting and crafts in general. I guess that must be news to them.

The Home Sewing Association says that there are about 35 million sewing amateurs in the United States, compared with 30 million in 2000.

So for those who are new to sewing (5 million??) welcome to the wonderful world of sewing, ripping, and eventual accomplishment. How many returned to sewing, after abandoning it? did you learn from your aunt or your grandmother?


My grandma, and the teenage girls who lived next door to her, helped me make doll clothes, starting when I was 8 years old.

If you know how to sew, pass your skills along! It will keep sewing on the cutting edge.

My dear daughter participated in a runway fashion show at her high school this past year. There were some great outfits. Here is one of the 3 she showed – the seams are wobbly, but for her first efforts at putting stuff together, totally great!



  1. Its great that you passed your sewing skills to your daughter, like your grandma did to you. The dress looks great and the doll clothes adorable.

    Comment by Els — July 14, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

  2. I love that polka dotted doll dress! It’s totally of the moment. And the runway photo is sensational too!

    Comment by phyllisc — July 15, 2007 @ 10:25 am

  3. I’m one of those newbies to sewing, just learning through others on the web and lots of books! I’m enjoying it alot though. Your daughter probably had fun doing the show.

    Comment by Ariane — July 15, 2007 @ 11:44 am

  4. Great shot of your daughter in her woohoo striped dress. Great stuff. I love seeing kids sew..whatever they like. I did not learn how to sew from my mom — her gift was not in teaching us sewing or knitting. I learned how to knit from an elderly Italian lady in Y-teens (bet that does not exist anymore). Believe it or not, our “first project” was two needle mittens. No scarves for us. And I took home ec in 7th grade (which almost killed off my interest in sewing), and kept turning out junky stuff until I took “clothing construction” in home ec in 11th grade and became incredibly envious of the girls who had been sewing up “Make it with wool” prize winners in 4H all those years. When my kids went to school, our district had stopped doing sewing in home ec other than “sewing on buttons”. And I think that is rather common. so, it really is up to us to pass it on to our kids.

    Comment by toby Wollin — July 15, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

  5. Hi Toby,

    The demise of Home Ec has contributed greatly to the loss of sewing skills in America. But when schools have no money for arts classes of any kind, Home Ec, with is politically incorrect teaching of girls-only in most cases, is nowhere to be found.

    BTW, dear daughter modeled only one of her three outfits – though not the striped ensemble. One of the great features of this show was the selection of models, and the sewing and fitting on others – more Project Runway style. Boys were ‘designers’ as well as girls, and the show was great. Project Runway has inspired at lot of kids to get involved with designing and sewing. Seize the day!

    Comment by georgene — July 15, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

  6. How fun! I’m so glad I had at least the one semester of Home Ec. Definitely made me realize that sewing was something I wanted to do.

    Comment by cidell — July 15, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  7. I love your daughters stiped creation. I have been sewing for almost as long as I have been living! My mother taught me at a very young age & in turn I have taught my own children to sew & they both machine embroider as well. They are 8 (DS) & 10(DD) & are very experienced in the sewing room

    Comment by countrystitchin — July 16, 2007 @ 9:52 am

  8. Your daughter is modelling a great outfit! I’m so glad that sewing knowledge is passing through generations and that this Art is finally getting the attention and focus it deserves! I also started sewing doll clothes at early age (I wouldn’t play with dolls unless I was to make them clothes); I used to sew these doll clothes entirely by hand and even got tini wire hangers also made by me. I had a neighbour Dressmaker and I used to enjoy spending the afternoon seeing her work in progress. At the age of twelve I made my first wearable garment.

    Comment by Tany — July 16, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

  9. The photo of your daughter takes me back to my high school days of Home Economics… We also had a fashion show of sorts and wobbly seams! I had left sewing for a while, but am back and loving it all over again. I learned as a little girl from my grandmother. I don’t have any children, but hope to maybe pass this passion on to my little niece some day.

    Comment by Toni Marie — July 22, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  10. Aw, well, even if your daughter made rather than modeled the striped dress, it looks seriously cute. I’m another that came back to sewing, last October as a matter of fact. I had nothing to do on a Friday night and went up to Walmart and just stopped in the sewing department, total inspiration. I actually learned to sew when I was 8 from an older woman at church, but hadn’t done anything since then and I’m 25 now. I love, love, love it and keep trying to get my friends to try it. Totally great hobby that makes me feel much better about watching tv for an evening. After all, there’s be something top show for it the next day other than expanded waistlines. lol

    Comment by Sallie — July 25, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

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