Learning how to sew in high school
In high school, the girls had to learn how to sew. We first started out with an apron, which I found pretty useless as even my granny did never wear aprons in the kitchen. The next project was a night gown. I bought a fabric that also could be worn as a dress on the beach and on vacation as I did not like the idea of wearing a night gown. Nevertheless, despite I did not like what we had to sew I liked to be able to sew. As a teenager I sewed at least one dirndl type skirt, it is kind of a full skirt each summer.
Sewing allows customized fit
I stopped sewing as an undergraduate as I did not have a sewing machine in the dorms. I took up sewing again when I was a graduate student when my mom got a new sewing machine and she gave her old one to me. Back then, I mainly produced pencil skirts as I always had difficulties finding some that fit perfectly. I stopped sewing again when I was working on my second PhD. When I immigrated to the United States, I left the sewing machine behind as the voltage and frequency of the European and American electricity differ. I got a new sewing machine here, but mainly used it for alterations rather than producing clothes. In the photos above, my activity was to remove the pocket that was on the gingham Carhartt shirt, just because I like plain shirts.
It seems that with time being so precious and tight, and good fabrics and cuts for sewing being more expensive than buying high quality clothes, or even customized clothes, sewing will become a lost art and seamstresses will become artists.
Do you still sew some clothes? If so, what type of clothes do you sew? Let me know, I am curious.
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