When I was younger, my mother used to make all of our clothes. I was styling plaid pants and my classmates were sporting bell-bottom jeans. Thank goodness I had the bully attitude to be able to wear these pants and not get beat-up.
I first started sewing with a child machine that actually dropped a spot of glue on the fabric instead of using dangerous needles. What a mess! Mom soon got me my own needled machine and I started making clothes for my stuffed animals. I wasn’t a girly-girl and had no dolls or Barbies, however my stuffed animal collection was vast… And well dressed!!
By the time I got to high school, my homemade clothes were a hit instead of a miss! I even made my own Homecoming dress. I started to get requests for puffy shirts, skinny pants, and legwarmers… It was the early 80’s, kind-of a scary fashion period 😉
Since then I’ve not really kept up on my fashion pursuit. I had a good job and more money than time. It was much easier to go to the store than to make anything. Granted, if any alterations were needed, a rip in a new garment would warrant a discount or anything needed some extra bling, out came the sewing machine!
I do still have the Singer machine my mother gave me. I think it was her old one, circa 1965. Still hums like the day is was made. It gets pulled out a few months out of the year to make repairs, random Halloween costumes and sometimes (if its lucky) a cool project!
This was the latest project, a Thundershirt for my dog. These are supposed to lessen a dog’s anxiety level under the premise that it ‘applies pressure’ and makes them feel secure. Although they don’t make a reference to this on the site, I think they are mimicking the swaddling of babies.
Here’s Oreo sporting his new coat!
I’m not sure if he feels any calmer in this, however he looks uber cute!!