I know I am dating myself when I reveal that I learned how to sew in grammar school. Fourth grade summer school to be exact. Up to that time I had gleaned as much as I could by watching my mother sew at the kitchen table. She was an excellent seamstress but had little patience for teaching. Thus, the summer school sewing class. I wanted new clothes for my Barbie Doll and this was the only way to get them. Once I learned how to use the sewing machine at school, Mom was willing to contribute the 50 cents for the doll clothes pattern and all the scrap material I could want. I was a very happy little girl. My sewing skills continued to improve and by the time I got to high school I was making some of my clothes – simple A-line or wrap-around skirts and a prom dress or two.
Fast forward to the late 80’s when I had a business designing and hand sewing little girl’s dresses out of vintage Liberty of London Tana Lawn – the most divine cotton you have ever felt. I have a few bolts left and decided to put them to good use this weekend. With a McCall’s sundress pattern purchased at Britex Fabrics, I was on my way. What happened to 50-cent patterns?
I have been asked by many to teach them how to sew. No thanks. I guess I am more like my mother than I thought. But what do you do if you or your grandchild wants to learn how to sew in San Francisco? Well, with a little digging around I found this fun sounding Summer Sewing Camp at Sew It All for ages 12 and older. What a great way to spend time with your granddaughter or grandson!
Do you have any other suggestions of places to learn how to sew? I would love to know about them.