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".