Friday, April 21, 2017

Don't Come Unraveled

Grandmother would embarrass me when I was a kid. If I was wearing a new dress she had made for me, I could count on her turning up the hem of my dress to show one of her lady friends her neat hand-stitched hem, sometimes even in church!.

Grandmother compared sewing for me - to sewing for a broomstick. (I no longer resemble a broomstick in any way!) So she thought that the bolder the print, and the fuller the skirt, the better I looked. She took pride in telling how many yards of material she had used, and calling attention to her even stitches "so it would not ravel".

Only years later did I appreciate the countless hours Grandmother spent hemming those yards of material. I thought about the loving care and hours of prayer my family prayed for me when I read this quote: "A day hemmed in with prayer is less likely to unravel."

15 comments :

Red Rose Alley said...

Your grandmother was so special to sew you dresses when you were little, Karen. Sewing is such a talent, and I can see why she showed her hand-stitched hem to friends. Your post hit home for me because my mom sewed many of my clothes growing up. Sometimes I would design what I wanted, and she would sew away. I simply love your stories, Karen. Please do share more.

~Sheri

Doris said...

I wore handmade clothes made by my mother. She made all our dresses then gave scraps of fabric to someone who made quilts out of them. I can remember laying in bed and picking out my "dresses" and those of my sisters and my mom :) I bet your dresses were beautiful.....wouldn't you love to still have one of them?!!
Enjoy your Saturday, Karen!

Sandra said...

my mother made my clothes and I hated them, I lived next door to a cousin who had money and beautiful clothes, mother was a good sewer but the things she made looked homemade.. I wore hand me downs from older cousins. no fond memories of my home made clothes..

Mildred said...

Grandmother surely was talented and had an eye for style. We were very blessed. I like the quote about prayer.
love you - have a good day.

Melanie said...

I remember a yellow dress that my grandmother sewed for me. I had chubby arms and the sleeves were tight and uncomfortable so I didn't like wearing it much. Now when I see photos of it, I am amazed at how pretty it was. I hope I didn't let my grandma know how I felt about it.

Brenda said...

That saying is lovely - and true.

BCAUSEHELIVES.blogspot.com said...

Karen, I come to your site from your sweet sister, Mildred's, blog. Hoping we can become friends as well. I am 75, married, have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I am a retired RN and now take care of my husband full time. He is 85 and not well at all. My grandmother also sewed and I learned when I was grown, and still do a little mending now and then. Hope your have a nice weekend.
Linda

Patsy said...

My mother made all my clothes,only on Easter did we get
to pick a dress or spring coat from the Sears catalog.

L. D. said...

That is such a great memory. My mom made most of her clothes on her Singer sewing machine. She bought a newer machine but kept using the older one.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I remember my mother used to love sewing. She would make clothes for friends and she was famous for making her Barbie clothes.'
The quote is so cute, I love it. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Susie said...

Karen, You know your grandmother loved you so much.:) How wonderful that she made you clothes. I made clothes for all my daughters...but have never made anything for the grands..some too picky and since I started wearing glasses..I seemed to have lost interest. I think it's more my vision than anything else. I love the little quote you ended with. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

Rose said...

I love that quote...I bet your grandmother was really talented.

Connie said...

These are sweet memories of your grandmother. You were lucky to have her to care for you.

Carol Z said...

So true! Thanks so much for visiting Buttercupland and your sweet comments. Please come and visit often!

Susan said...

My sweetest memories are of my Granny sewing my dresses for me. It was rare for me to have store bought clothes until I was almost a teenager. Although I don't have all of the dresses she made for me, I do have a quilt that she made from the scraps of material from my dresses & my aunt's dresses that Granny made. What a special quilt especially since we lost my aunt (the youngest) just last month. I treasure it even more. Thank you for the memory & have a blessed week :)

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