Sewing has always been a time-consuming process – but a process that most of us once used.
Whether you sewed your clothing on your mother’s Singer sewing machine or a sleek new-age Janome, you still had to select your favourite pattern, choose the fabric, follow instructions, lay out the pattern, pin, tack, cut, see if it fit, unpick and redo – but at least you ended up with an original outfit!
We got our designs from iconic pattern companies – Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue. They are still around today but we bet your grandchildren or even your children have never heard of them!
Oh, the injuries from accidentally poking yourself with the scissors or sewing pins? But least you knew your hard work would result in a new outfit for a fraction of the cost. A beautiful tradition that has started to fade away …
Did you have a circular cutting board? What colour was your favourite circular skirt?