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How many of you can actually sew, use a sewing machine and make clothes? And did you learn from your mother?

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Platesmasher Tue 04-Aug-09 23:31:17

I've signed up for some beginner lessons as I did a bit at school but have forgotten it all. My mum taught my sister but not me. I just wondered if most mums can sew or if it's kind of dying out?

themoon Tue 04-Aug-09 23:40:03

My mum taught me. Between the 2 of us we made my wedding dress and 2 bridesmaid dresses. I made loads of clothes over the years.

I passed my love of sewing onto DD who went on to get a 2-1 in fashion studies. She can make evening dresses from scratch, making her own patterns and everything.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 04-Aug-09 23:41:44

My mum didn't teach me. I used to cut up her table cloths and make skirts out of them. I did a textile course at school and made a ball gown from scratch whilst at uni. I never really had any teaching to be honest.

poopscoop Tue 04-Aug-09 23:42:11

no and cannot even sew a button on without it looking like a five year old has done it.

I can knit the odd square old ladies blankets though, but the last one of those must be about 25 years ago.

Mum can knit and taught me the squares!

Marthasmama Tue 04-Aug-09 23:42:32

I want to learn and yes, I am going to ask my mum to teach me. smile

Granny23 Tue 04-Aug-09 23:43:29

Yes I can, yes I can, yes she did. Sadly apart from repairs and taking hems up it is hardly worthwhile nowadays. It is cheaper to pick up a child's outfit in local shops than go to the city, get some remnants from the fabric shop and make them up. Such a shame in some ways. I made most of DD1s clothes and almost all of DD2's because she was so small for her age that I could not get age appropriate clothes to fit. Even made her a tiny grey pinafore dress to start school in. Sweet memories.

cathcat Tue 04-Aug-09 23:56:38

I have dabbled with mixed results grin
I always saw my mum sewing, although infrequently as she worked full-time, but I can't say that she taught me. I just gave it a go.
<<surveys half finished projects where I ran out of material>>

paisleyleaf Wed 05-Aug-09 00:00:35

I've taught myself by just getting patterns and following them. The language takes a bit of getting used to - but you get to know what they mean, and can start with 'easy' patterns.
I started with clothes for my DD, as the size is easier to handle, and mistakes less costly

blinder Wed 05-Aug-09 00:02:52

yes I can follow a pattern and make clothes. yes I learnt from my mum. dad was a miner and on strike alot in the seventies. we made lots of things together, including my 6th form party dress (blue taffeta), which I still have. haven't sewn anything for years now sad.

can't knit at all - but would love to be able to.

Jux Wed 05-Aug-09 00:03:59

Grandmother taught me mainly. My mum is a fabulous seamstress as well though, just when I was a kid she was working and didn't really have time.

I used to make all my own clothes, also knit and crotchet. Now I can't hold a needle without pain so I don't do it any more. My mum is teaching dd.smile

paisleyleaf Wed 05-Aug-09 00:05:04

Blinder, I've recently taught myself to crochet with you-tub tutorials.
They can be pretty good. Might be worth you looking up knitting ones, if you wanted to.

Unconventional Wed 05-Aug-09 00:05:30

My mum can't sew. I learned at school. The forgot most of it. grin

kitkatqueen Wed 05-Aug-09 00:07:27

I learnt to sew from my mother, learnt to knit by myself and learnt to crochet from a lovely american lady on youtube grin

I could make clothes if I wanted to, but as granny23 says I spend most of my sewing time doing repairs or hems. Every now and then I make somthing just for the enjoyment of it, but I get little time...

It honestly amazes me that other people can't sew a button on, I don't understand how you can't do that. Totally perplexes me hmm Not complaining tho grin I do my friends curtains, hems,buttons, and allsorts of other stuff in exchange for filing I just hate it and they can't understand why its a problem for me blush.

marenmj Wed 05-Aug-09 00:18:27

Yes and yes. My mother helped me sew my confirmation dress. I went on to mend a multitude of things, but never really make much.

I would very much like to learn how to knit, but my mother does not know how. She did teach me how to crochet.

TBH it's a dangerous thing to know. I am unwilling to buy things because I know how to make them, but never have time to actually MAKE anything.

hambler Wed 05-Aug-09 00:21:54

yes, yes, yes

gigglewitch Wed 05-Aug-09 01:07:52

yes and yes, added a bit to it at school <peers over top of spectacles> - no it was an old fashioned school lol but learned most at home, still do quite a bit grin

FAQtothefuture Wed 05-Aug-09 01:18:13

I can't my mum (who made all our clothes when we were little( tried in vane to teach me - but I just never "got" it blush;

DH sows the buttons back on shirts in this house blush

bruffin Wed 05-Aug-09 01:22:57

I learnt partly at school,partly from my mum and eventually did an evening class.

I hardly make anything nowadays, but did make my bridesmaids dresses, DD's christening dress and my also my nieces christening dress and a a few dresses for myself.

Nowadays I usually use the sewing machine for fancy dress costumes for dressing up day.

DutchOma Wed 05-Aug-09 07:44:16

My mother knitted enormous, shapeless garments which she wore, but didn't teach me. The girl next door did and I think I am now possibly the best knitter I know (big head emoticon) My daughter can knit as well, but has little time for it and suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome when expecting ds.
I sew as well, my mother hated it, but I was taught at school and then picked it up again as the children were tiny.
Made dd's wedding dress with the help of my son's mother-in-law who is a professional seamstress and absolutely brilliant.

BonsoirAnna Wed 05-Aug-09 07:49:50

My mother is fabulously good with her hands and can sew anything.

She taught me and my sister to use a sewing machine from a young age. I haven't sewn anything for years but I am sure I would be able to were I to put my mind to it (and having my mother at the end of the telephone to troublshoot!).

Lizzylou Wed 05-Aug-09 07:54:41

No, no and no.

Mom is just as useless at these things as me, we can just about sew on buttons/nametags.

Would love to be able to pick up bargain clothes then adjust them at home, like Gok, but would just look horrific if I tried.

purepurple Wed 05-Aug-09 07:57:48

I taught myself as a teenager.
I had a sewing machine and used to take my clothes apart, use them as patterns and then sew them back together.
I made a dressing gown from a bedspread, much to my mum's horror.
I used to make a lot of my clothes, but don't have time now.

fishie Wed 05-Aug-09 08:00:44

yes i can sew and make clothes. i learned how to mend clothes from my mum, machining and dressmaking from school / short evening course. i am rubbish at darning.

i will teach ds to do minor mending, sew on buttons etc i think it is a very basic neccessary skill.

Katymac Wed 05-Aug-09 08:07:53

My mum & god mum taught me

I made lots of clothes as a teenager/early 20's but more recently I have done a bit & started to teach DD - who loves it

I also upholster & make curtains/bedding etc

I made quilt, valence, curtains & pelmet for my first flat about 3 months before DH(DP then) moved in - which doesn't sound too bad until you work out they were pale pink/cream/soft green & great big cabbage roses

Chica31 Wed 05-Aug-09 08:11:32

I can't sew apart from repairs, but I can knit well. My grandmother taught me, even-though Mum can knit too. I have just started again knitting cardigans for my 10 week old DD. I find it really relaxing.

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