Custom Ordered Apron
Brings Back a Custom Ordered Memory
I may have mentioned this fact before but if not, let me remind you that my small arsenal of sewing skills were all learned in 8th grade Home Ec classes in the mid 60's...before computerized anything. Heck, we were barely out of the pedal machine stage. I make mistakes doing the most simple task. To say the seam ripper is my friend would be the understatement of the moment. True to form, I was having trouble reading and understanding the pattern directions for this apron when another wonderful memory came to mind...a "Mama" Memory. I told the Taco Bell story last week and warned you I had more where that one came from. Humor me please since this is Mother's Day Week as I tell another little story with my mother as the main character.
My mother used a "treadle" Singer Sewing Machine all the time I was growing up. I used to watch her sew but the truth is my mother wasn't the best seamstress . Her matra was "almost is good enough"! LOL She loved telling the story about modeling her dress back in High School (1930's) before the entire student body.
It was the custom back then for the Home Ec students (all girls of course) to have a fashion show at the end of the semester and allow the girls to "model" their fashion creations. Mama made a simple A-line dress with sleeves (long or short I don't remember). All the girls were responsible for having tried on their dress before the fashion show and made all needed corrections. The teacher had obviously not checked my mother's dress prior to the show due to the shocked look on her face when mother walked...no...Strutted across stage... head held high, mischievous smirk on her face, arms, shoulder and chest prominently jutting backwards all due to the fact that mother had sewn the sleeves in backwards!!!
Mother's sewing snafu was one more opportunity for her to be the center of attention so when she strutted across stage with her arms projected awkwardly backwards, the resulting laughter was more priceless to her than having a perfectly sewn dress.
Strange though...I never did know what grade mother made on that dress! Funny how her stories conveniently left out certain important information.
BTW, the apron and bag-it are winging their way to *JULIE* who won in my recent Give-Away !