Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mission: Sewing Stuff

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An elderly woman at church tonight asked me if she could speak to me for a moment and motioned for me to follow her into the foyer. The little girl in me who never wanted to be called in to the principal's office immediately thought, "Oh, great! One of my kids has knocked her purse from her hand or cut in front of her in line at the pot luck."

When we got to the foyer she looked around to make sure we were alone and said quietly, "I don't know if you know this, but I sewed for the public for over 30 years."

So, now I'm thinking she's giving me her credentials so she can tell me that she's placing me under citizen's arrest for that so called placket on the dress my 8 year old is wearing, because anyone who knows a feed dog from a presser foot knows that thing is only holding on with a lick and a promise.

To my surprise (and glee) she didn't place me under arrest, but instead told me that she is ready to get rid of all of her sewing notions and supplies and thought I might like to have them. She said she has bags of buttons, zippers, interfacing, bias tape, and fabric that she won't be using any more because a back injury makes sewing too painful now.

I'm still not sure why it was covert, but I choose to accept this mission and hope to make the pick up in an undisclosed location some time this week.

I thanked her profusely for her generosity and secretly breathed a sigh of relief that the so called placket had escaped her notice.

In other sewing news, another dear older lady (this one has never been employed by the CIA) gave me the most beautiful hand made blue linen dress for Emelyn. She said she ordered the linen from an heirloom specialty shop. It has pin tucks on the bodice and is embroidered along the collar and hem in cream and brown. (I'll try to post pictures later.)

I am thrilled to have something so sweet that was made with love by 80 something year old hands. That is what I treasure about hand work, or what I recently heard referred to as "the womanly arts".

I can see and feel the love and care that went into each stitch, and I can imagine stitches just like those being sewn thousands of years ago, passed on from generation to generation.

I am glad to be a part of passing "the womanly arts" on to future generations by sewing heirloom items with love and also by teaching my daughters to do the same.

They already enjoy making their dolls knitted hats and beautiful dresses from the bits and pieces of scraps I have left from my sewing projects and have even given some of their handmade creations to friends.

It makes me proud to know that they will be able to teach their daughters embroidery, knitting, and sewing.

Now, if I could just perfect my plackets, I could pass that on to them, too.


Elizabeth said...

Nothing is more humiliating, at least to me, than to find I have put in a pleat wrong...or for that matter TOTALLY messed up a placket!! I feel the pain! I have had older women at church offer to "help"!

Sasha @ Cherished Moments said...

What a wonderful gift from that dear lady! I am a total beginner sewer (I only buy patterns marked 'Very Easy'!), but I agree that there is something very satisfying, being part of long lines of women working with their hands, for their families and the Lord.

the momma said...

Oh, I am so jealous!!
Sure, tons of goodies would be great, but the dress? made by wrinkled loving hands? man! you are so blessed to be loved like that!!

Brenda said...

There might have been other women who would have like to have those things and she didn't want to hurt their feelings? She chose you! How cool!

Miche said...

I Tagged you!

Lauren said...

Oh, how sweet!

I am just getting started in sewing as well. My mom taught me how to use the machine when I was younger, but when I got stuck I always left it for her to bail me out. Wish she lived closer now... :)

Lockwoods said...

Yep, those plackets...gotta watch them....btw, what is a placket? Is that like a plush jacket?

Anonymous said...

How sweet! Nowadays, there aren't so many who teach their kids.
I remember that the first time I met a woman who didn't own a sewing machine, I was absolutely shocked! My mom and gramma did all the womanly arts and taught me to do them and appreciate them, too.
S in the Tules

Pat's Place said...

Good for you! Those "womanly arts" are truly becoming a rarity among many of the women I know. Who is to teach our young people if no one remembers how to knit, sew, embroider, tat or crochet? And I could not pass it on to my 4 boys! Maybe the grandchildren will learn from me?

ymwife said...

That's so sweet. :) What is a placket?

Amy said...

What a great gift! I can just picture that sweet lady being so covert, lol. Can we have a picture of the dress from sweet lady #2?

I wish I could sew! I made a pair of shorts and a pillow in home ec in high school... and that's been about it. I hate to admit I don't even know what a placket is!
But then even if I could sew, I'm not sure what a would sew! Oh anyway....

The Estrogen Files said...

How awesome! It's so nice when an older lady is so giving. Well, not just older ladies, but you know.

Lisa said...

I love reading your blog. I have been reading it everyday since last year sometime. You are an inspiration to me. I love the way you run your home and the values you are teaching your children.

This is in response to an earlier post, but did you know that there is a movie about the book The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio? I saw it last year and it is wonderful. Anyway I just wanted to let you know about it.

Blessings on you and your family!

Ruthanne said...

Neat post, Connie. How neat to be the recipient of all those wonderful notions & such from the sweet lady at church! I don't (yet) know how to sew, so I'd never recognize an improper placket if I tripped over it! I really admire ladies who can sew.

: )


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