June 15, 2012
So, recently we had a discussion on my Facebook page about butting in at the cutting counter at JoAnn’s. I asked because I was genuinely curious. One day, several weeks before I asked, I’d opened up and offered my help in a project that thrilled me completely!
I overheard a discussion about fabric width’s from the 1940′s versus today and whether or not the sizing of a pattern might be consistent. My ears perked up and I started looking at what was going on next to me. It was a quiet Tuesday morning and the woman and I were the only 2 at the cutting table. The employees were utterly helpless. They stared wide-eyed and grasping for ideas as the woman asked about seamstress help or someone who might know anything that could help her with this vintage pattern.
Without realizing what I was doing, I walked over and heard myself saying, “I sew! I can help you!” A look of relief washed over her face and we chatted for a few minutes and I left her with my information and blog (so she could see for herself that I really can sew and wasn’t pulling her leg). She emailed me a few days after that and we were off!
I was making a dress for her 10 year old daughter to be a flower girl in a 40s themed family wedding. How precious, right? Also, what a GREAT idea! The Bride loved this pattern and asked her future sister in law to make it–which is what led to our kismet meeting that Tuesday morning. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the pattern. I’ve got several vintage patterns in my sewing area and I’m always looking for more. But to actually get to use one to make a dress was amazing!
The instructions were in pretty sad shape, but I was able to make it through.
The sizing wasn’t too hard to figure out, either. I just adjusted my seam allowances a little and added to the length some. Other than that, the pattern was spot on! It was a lot of gathering and a lot of hand sewing, but it was all well worth it!
I’m glad I was able to help someone in need. It always feels great to do things for others, doesn’t it? The biggest payoff is that my little flower girl friend absolutely LOVES her new dress and that’s what it’s all about.