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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Singer Sewing Machine, Vogue Patterns and a Little Style

My mother sewed most of my clothes from childhood to adulthood.  She also sewed curtains, embroidered, crocheted and knitted.  Growing up, I had one-of-a-kind dresses and enjoyed the fact that there were no copies.  As a result, my sense of fashion and style was unique and original.

We owned a vintage Singer sewing machine. 
( I still have it to this day).

Our kitchen table doubled as a sewing room. Spools of thread, yards of fabric, buttons, and many, many patterns – Vogue, Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity.

Apricot suit wore at my engagement family dinner

In the early 60’s, like many other young women, I was influenced by Jackie Kennedy’s look – her simplicity and sophistication. I wanted to look and dress like her. My mother and I every Saturday would go to a fabric store and eagerly thumb through catalogs looking for just that “look”. With my mother’s sewing skills and Vogue patterns, it was possible to copy the latest Paris fashions. I would cut out the patterns and read the instructions and my mother would do the sewing.

Easter 1962 - White Wool Sleeveless Dress with Cape

Today, when I see young ladies dress like hookers with short, stretchy and curvy attires leaving nothing to the imagination, I think that perhaps they should go back and learn what makes a true style icon.  True style does not age but remains "forever young".

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